At South Tulsa Smiles, we believe in providing you with the best solutions for your overall dental health. One of these solutions may be inserting a dental bridge.
If you have a missing tooth due to a fall or another cause, a bridge can be beneficial. Dr. Fields will insert a bridge that will span the gap and support those teeth. A dental bridge is a replacement tooth connected and secured by the abutment teeth on either side of the gap. We often use porcelain for dental bridges because they are both healthy and beautiful, and they blend excellently with the rest of your teeth.
If you experience a break or gap in your teeth, there is a possibility you will need a dental bridge. You may be curious about the types of dental bridges available at South Tulsa Smiles. If you break your tooth, you should call our office as soon as possible to ensure you receive the best care quickly. Now let’s explore your options for dental bridges!
A traditional dental bridge is a false tooth held tightly in place by dental crowns that have been permanently sealed onto each of the teeth to the sides of the gap. A traditional bridge is often used when there are natural teeth on both sides of the gap. This is a very secure type of bridge and does an excellent job of joining a gap together.
Like a traditional bridge, a cantilever dental bridge is sealed and held into place through a dental crown connected to adjoining teeth. However, you only need one natural tooth that borders the gap for a cantilever bridge to work. This is best if you have several teeth missing.
Maryland dental bridges use two adjoining natural teeth, like a traditional bridge. However, a Maryland bridge does not use the dental crowns as a conventional bridge does. a Maryland bridge uses a bonded framework of porcelain or metal materials onto the backs of the adjoining teeth to ensure its security. A Maryland bridge can only be used when there are two natural teeth beside the bridge.
Implant-supported bridges vary from other types of bridges. These bridges use implants rather than crowns. We will surgically place an implant for every missing tooth, securing the bridge in place. If each missing tooth can’t be replaced, then the implant may need to support crowns to be secure. This is an exceptionally secure option for missing teeth, and it will most likely take more than one procedure. It can take several months to complete this procedure at South Tulsa Smiles.
Often, a dental insurance plan will cover both bridges and dental implants. While implants are considered a permanent solution, dental bridges may need maintenance or replacing every five to fifteen years. However, you might not need to replace a dental bridge with excellent dental hygiene for a very long time. To decide if you need a dental bridge or implant, call our office today to schedule a screening with Dr. Fields, who will be able to advise you on the best next step.
Common questions usually involve the cost of dental bridges at South Tulsa Smiles. You can rest assured that dental bridge services at South Tulsa Smiles will be an affordable option, and we will work on a payment plan that will work with you and your budget. Some of the factors that affect the pricing of bridges are:
Missing teeth can affect your smile and your overall dental health. Getting a dental bridge at South Tulsa Smiles can help to do the following:
If you’ve lost a tooth or several teeth, there are many options to discuss with our team of South Tulsa dental experts. Many factors will affect the best route for your dental health, so call South Tulsa Smiles today to schedule an appointment with Tulsa’s most comfortable dentist.