Dental Bridges Overview
If one or several of your teeth have fallen out, it is not just a problem with appearance – gaps in your teeth may cause your remaining teeth to shift unfavorably. This can lead to extra tension when you bite, pain when you chew, and even trouble speaking. A bridge improves the health and appearance of your smile, filling in gaps by using a false tooth that is supported by either dental implants, your natural teeth, or both. At Signature Dentistry of Rochester in Rochester Hills, MI, board-certified dentist Dr. Matthew Wolfe offers custom-made bridges with high-quality materials to help give you back your smile. If you have missing teeth, schedule an appointment with Dr. Wolfe to learn about your treatment options with a custom bridge.
Best Candidates for Dental Bridges
Missing teeth are not just the cause of physical insecurity – spaces in your smile can heavily impact the overall health of your mouth. Mouths are intended to be carefully balanced; therefore, a gap can affect how well it performs. In time, gaps may lead to the shifting of teeth, causing problems with your bite, be it an underbite, crossbite, or an overbite, as well as gum and jawbone atrophy. To place a bridge, the surrounding teeth must be healthy enough to hold the restoration with adequate density in the jawbone and gum tissue. Dr. Wolfe will examine your teeth, gums, and jaw at your consultation to help you select the best type of bridge (cantilever, traditional, resin bonded, or Maryland bonded) and material (ceramic, porcelain, porcelain fused into metal, or metal) for your restorative goals.
What To Expect with Dental Bridges
Once your supporting teeth are prepped, Dr. Wolfe will take digital images and dental impressions so your bridge can be crafted. A temporary bridge may be used while your custom one is being made. As soon as your restoration is ready, your mouth will be prepped with a numbing agent. Stronger sedation methods can be discussed for those who experience significant anxiety to help keep you as calm and as comfortable as possible during the placement process. Your dental bridge can be glued into position or connected to implants, depending on the method that was selected during your consultation. Dr. Wolfe will adjust the position of your bridge so that it is comfortable and stable.
Dental Bridges Follow-Up
Once your bridge is in place, you should have a noticeable improvement in the function and appearance of your teeth. You may schedule a follow-up appointment at Signature Dentistry of Rochester to improve your bridge's fit if it seems loose or uncomfortable after it is placed. Dr. Wolfe or an assistant on his team will teach you how to care for your restoration, including the ways to keep it clean. They will also make you aware of any foods that should be temporarily avoided. It is pertinent to regularly clean your bridge and mouth because decay can develop under the bridge if it is not cared for. If you properly care for your custom bridge, it has the potential to stay in place for several years. You need to continue to attend appointments at Signature Dentistry of Rochester to get an annual dental examination and bi-annual cleanings. At your annual dental exams, Dr. Wolfe will monitor the wear and health of your custom bridge.
Dental Bridges Insurance Coverage
Restorations, like dental bridges, are sometimes partially covered by most dental insurance companies. A member of our team will contact your dental insurance provider to determine how much your insurance will pay for the procedure. Signature Dentistry of Rochester offers several payment methods, including financing options, that may be discussed at your consultation with Dr. Wolfe. He can also help you choose the best type and material for your bridge to suit your budget and needs.
Dental Bridge Restorations
Even if you don't mind the way your smile looks with a gap, these gaps could turn into bigger issues if they aren't addressed. Make an appointment with board-certified dentist Dr. Wolfe to get more information about dental bridges and what options will fit your unique needs. Signature Dentistry of Rochester is pleased to offer custom dental bridges that can improve the health and appearance of your teeth. Contact our front office in Rochester Hills, MI to make your consultation.