Missing teeth can have a domino effect on your dental health, leading to premature aging in your face and damage to remaining teeth. The bony ridge where the tooth root once was begins to disintegrate, allowing the bone and gum to shrink and remaining teeth to shift position. Addressing tooth loss immediately is important and can help to avoid further dental problems.
Sandy Springs dentist Dr. Brenda Paulen offers several options for replacing lost teeth, from crown style bridges to partial dentures for patients who gave lost multiple top or bottom teeth. Dr. Paulen has incorporated some of the latest dental technology into her practice, including the i-Tero intra-oral digital sca
nner which enables her to take impressions for dental restorations without the use of messy and uncomfortable putty trays.
Dental Bridges What to Expect
A dental bridge is used to replace one or several missing teeth. The bridgework is supported by an anchor on either side of the gap to hold the false tooth in place. A bridge can be supported by natural teeth or dental implants. When the natural teeth are used to support the bridgework, a dental crown is typically placed to provide additional support and stability.
Dr. Paulen will design a treatment plan that is specific to your needs and goals. Our process begins with a comprehensive evaluation to examine the health of the teeth, gums, jaw joints and other support structures. You may have an existing dental bridge or have teeth that need to be extracted.
A dental bridge can either be removable or fixed. In most cases, Dr. Paulen will support the choice for a fixed dental bridge as a long term solution for missing teeth. The dental bridge can either be supported by dental crowns and/or dental implants. The dentist will prepare any teeth as needed to ensure a solid foundation for the dental bridge.
The dental bridge will be fabricated in a dental laboratory to Dr. Paulen’s specifications. Dr. Paulen works with several high quality dental labs located in the U.S. You may have a temporary bridge to wear in the intermediate time period. In approximately 2 to 3 weeks from your initial visit, you will return to our Sandy Springs dentist office for the delivery of the final restoration.
The cost of a dental bridge will depend on the number and location of the missing teeth as well as the type of bridge and materials chosen. Proud Smiles in Sandy Springs works with nearly all dental insurance providers and will file necessary billing and paperwork on your behalf. Additionally, we offer financing through Care Credit and Citi Health Card for patients who are concerned about cost.
Although dental bridges are built to last a long time, problems can still arise. If you have a dental bridge that has chipped, broken, or come loose, you should contact our Sandy Springs dentist office right away. Depending on the extent of damage, we may be able to cement the bridge or replace it all together.
A dental bridge should be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth. Dr. Paulen will show you a special technique to floss under and around the artificial tooth or teeth. It is also important to visit the dentist at least twice a year for routine examinations.