Losing a tooth creates concerns that extend beyond the appearance of your smile. Gaps left by missing teeth can cause other teeth to move out of position and alter how your teeth fit together. To restore both appearance and function to your smile after tooth loss, skilled general dentist Dr. James McDonough is pleased to offer the option of dental bridges. A dental bridge is a restoration made of several dental crowns fused together. The end units (abutments) of a bridge anchor to teeth surrounding the space or to a set of dental implants while the middle tooth (pontic) replaces the tooth that has been lost. At Wollaston Dental Group in Quincy, MA, we are pleased to offer bridges custom made with high-quality materials to complete your smile. If you have a missing tooth or teeth, please schedule a consultative appointment with Dr. McDonough to learn if a fixed dental bridge is the right tooth replacement option for you.
Replacing a missing tooth as soon as possible is important to maintain both your dental health and appearance. Your mouth is carefully balanced as teeth also function to hold each other in place. After tooth loss occurs, teeth have a tendency to move into open spaces, creating problems with your bite and changing the shape of your face. The loss of a tooth or teeth can also impair your speech and affect your ability to bite and chew normally. Dental bridges can help hold teeth in their natural position while reestablishing normal oral function.
A dental bridge requires the surrounding teeth to be healthy and strong enough to support the restoration. In some cases, dental bridges are attached to dental implants that have been surgically placed within the jaw. Dr. McDonough will examine your teeth, gums, and jaw during your consultation to help you determine whether a traditional or implant-supported bridge is best for your needs. In most cases, dental bridges are constructed of top-grade porcelain material that offers durability, strength, and a natural shade of translucency.
What To Expect
Dental bridges are typically completed over the course of two or more dental visits. At your first bridge appointment, Dr. McDonough will gently numb the treatment area and prepare the teeth adjacent to the open space to support the ends of the bridge. An impression of the area will be taken for our lab to use when creating your custom bridge. Our skilled team will then place a temporary bridge to hold the space until your bridge is ready. A week or two later, we will have you return for a second visit where your new bridge will be bonded to your prepared teeth or implants. Dr. McDonough will adjust the position of the bridge so it feels comfortable and stable.
Once your fixed bridge is in place, you should notice an immediate improvement in your oral function and appearance. Please contact our team at Wollaston Dental Group for an adjustment if your bridge seems loose or uncomfortable after it is placed. At your second visit, our team will teach you how to maintain your dental bridge, including the best way to clean it and any foods to avoid. It is important to keep your bridge and mouth clean since cavities can develop on the teeth supporting the restoration. If you properly care for your custom bridge with good home care and preventive dental services, it can last for several years. Dr. McDonough will assess the wear and health of your custom bridge when you visit our practice for your routine cleaning and exam visits.
Fixed bridges may be a partially covered benefit under your dental insurance plan. Before we begin your procedure, one of our team members will contact your insurance company to review your benefits and help you maximize your coverage. Wollaston Dental Group is pleased to accept several methods of payment, including low-interest financing options, to help cover the cost of any personal expenses.
Dental Bridge Restorations
Even if you are not bothered by how tooth loss affects your smile, it may lead to greater oral health issues if missing teeth are not replaced. Wollaston Dental Group is proud to offer custom porcelain dental bridges that can help improve the natural appearance and health of your teeth. Schedule an appointment with Dr. McDonough to receive more information about fixed dental bridges and the options that match your specific needs. Contact our friendly office in Quincy, MA today for more on how we specialize in the fine art of a beautiful smile.