Fill the Gaps in Your Smile with Dr. Cooper
Missing teeth can affect your life in a variety of ways — they make it difficult to eat, speak, and smile without embarrassment. If you’re missing adjacent teeth, replacing each one individually can be costly and inconvenient.
For patients in this situation, we recommend a fixed dental bridge. Explore our guide to learn how you can benefit from this treatment.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is appropriately named as it bridges the gap between one or more missing teeth. It’s composed of natural-looking porcelain teeth called pontics that rely on your adjacent teeth for support.
Each of our bridges are customized to your smile, so you can rest assured that your restoration will look attractive and fit comfortably.
Bridges vs. Implants
To ensure your bridge fits perfectly, Dr. Cooper will have to shave some enamel from your two adjacent teeth that will support it. He’ll then cap the teeth with porcelain crowns to strengthen them for additional support.
If your surrounding teeth are already damaged or protected with crowns, a dental bridge is the perfect treatment for you. If not, you may want to consider dental implants to avoid filing down your natural teeth.
For the best of both worlds, Dr. Cooper can provide an implant-supported bridge. This restoration looks and functions just like a traditional bridge, but it relies on implants for support instead of your adjacent teeth.
Implant-supported bridges require a longer treatment process than traditional bridges, but the long-term health benefits are well worth it. Plus, you’ll actually save time and money in the long run by preventing further issues with your teeth in the future.
The Dental Bridge Process
Typically, Dr. Cooper can place your dental bridge in just two appointments. During your first visit, he’ll prepare your anchor teeth so the crowns fit snugly over their surfaces. He’ll also take a detailed impression of your smile and send it to a laboratory, where this data will be used to craft your customized bridge.
About two weeks later, your bridge will be ready and you’ll return to our office so Dr. Cooper can place it. Once it’s secure, all that’s left to do is show off your stunning new smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much do dental bridges cost?
Depending on your case and the type of bridge used, the cost of treatment can range anywhere from $1,500 to $5,0000. If you’re concerned about price, we feature affordable payment options including interest-free plans through CareCredit.
Are dental bridges covered by insurance?
This depends on your insurance provider and the nature of your plan, but most plans will cover at least a portion of your treatment.
Are dental bridges safe?
Dental bridges are a safe and effective replacement for missing teeth. Dr. Cooper will ensure that your treatment is comfortable and successful.
What’s the difference between a temporary and a permanent dental bridge?
A temporary dental bridge is a restoration that we attach to your teeth after your first appointment. This allows you to live without gaps in your smile while we wait for your permanent bridge to get delivered from the laboratory.
How long does a dental bridge last?
If you maintain excellent oral hygiene and visit Dr. Cooper for regular check-ups, your bridge can last for ten to fifteen years.
Visit Contemporary Dental Arts for a Fixed Bridge
If you have adjacent missing teeth, a dental bridge or implant-supported bridge could be the best treatment for your smile.
Call our practice at (408) 253-4150 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cooper. We look forward to meeting you.