Looking for an experienced cosmetic dentist in San Diego to consult with? Are you confused about dental bridges? There are several different types of dental bridges available to patients today. What is recommended in your individual situation will depend on your circumstances and what one of our board-certified Prosthodontist will find to be the most practical treatment for your case. A dental bridge is an affordable, proven and common treatment considered low-risk for patients who have missing teeth. The bridge is called such because it bridges the space that is generated when teeth have been lost.
A bridge usually includes at least one artificial tooth which is kept in place by two dental crowns, also referred to as abutments. Many different materials may be used to make replacement teeth including gold, porcelain fused to metal or zirconia or even metal free all zirconia bridges. For aesthetic reasons, bridges are often mostly made from ceramic and porcelain fused to zirconia material.
In our office, we use the initial consultation with our patients to ensure there are no other oral or health issues that might interfere with the proper fabrication and maintenance of dental bridges. We use this consultation process to put you at ease about what you can expect and so that you can move forward with a better and clearer understanding of what’s involved and how to obtain the best results.
Our industry-leading technology and patient experience are what makes us a top choice for regular dental maintenance needs and more extensive cosmetic dentistry concerns.
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A dentist will adhere the crowns to the teeth on each side of the gap that anchors the pontics so that the space is filled. The patient’s smile is fully restored, both in appearance and function. Bridges might also be adhered or screwed to dental implants and don’t rely on the support of the natural teeth of the patient.
A board-certified specialist will involve a surgical procedure to implant the appropriate size bio-compatible posts created of titanium or all ceramic metal free zirconia inside the patient’s jaw bone. The posts will be used to secure the restoration. Implants are the only type of restorations that can replace the missing teeth in life like natural way. Implants are the most stable and the strongest way of securing bridges. There are both practical and there are significant aesthetic benefits associated with bridges.
Candidates for Dental Bridges
Any person who has lost between one and three teeth may be eligible for a dental bridge. Anyone who is missing many teeth may need a removable partial denture. The surrounding teeth are the foundation for a dental bridge, which means that these teeth must be free of decay or have structural problems.
If a patient has gum disease, one of our expert Prosthodontist will usually treat this condition first. For those patients, who may be proper candidates for implants supported bridges, which are put directly inside the jaw bone, the patient must have an adequate healthy bone volume to support the implants. Bone degeneration and resorption is a common problem associated with tooth loss.
Dental Bridges Consultation
In your initial consultation, a board-certified Prosthodontist will complete a thorough examination first to see if a patient is a good candidate for a dental implant. A person who has already suffered some bone degeneration could still be a candidate for an implant. Procedures such as sinus lifts or bone grafting may also be used to build bone foundation for dental implants. You may also be interested in a smile makeover or a full mouth reconstruction by your cosmetic dentist to restore and preserve your oral health. If you like to turn your smile into a celebrity smile you can always ask one of the board-certified specialists at San Diego Dental Health Center about porcelain crowns and porcelain veneers.
Dental Bridges Cost and Financing
The cost of dental bridges may vary depending on the complexity of each case. After you consult with one of our experienced cosmetic dentists at San Diego Dental Health Center, your overall health is evaluated, and all of your options will be explained to you. If you need some help with financing the cost of your dental bridges, you can always apply for dental financing in our office. There are some third-party dental financing companies that will approve you for a certain amount of credit limit based on your credit history and creditworthiness. They work like credit card companies and after paying for a portion or your entire dental treatment you have anywhere from 6-24 months to pay it back. Terms and conditions including your APR are based on your credit and the dental financing company will determine your rates. CareCredit is on the reputable dental financing companies that we work with and if you have any question about how to apply and get approved feel free to contact our local dental office in San Diego and talk to one of our friendly staff.
One of our friendly cosmetic dentists will walk you through every phase of the procedure so that you know what to expect and you can have overall confidence and peace of mind about what to anticipate on the day of your procedure. Proper care of dental bridges is extremely important, although it may require further follow up treatment down the line. Your expert cosmetic dentist Dr. Kristallis will help you determine the most appropriate treatment based on aesthetic considerations, cost investment and the location of the missing tooth. Call us today to set up your appointment.