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When you have a missing tooth, it can affect everything from how you eat and speak to whether you’re comfortable smiling. Missing teeth can also negatively impact your bite and the health of your surrounding teeth, so it’s important to replace a missing tooth as soon as possible after it is lost or extracted. Dental bridges are one option for replacing missing teeth. A traditional dental bridge involves a replacement tooth that relies on the support of the healthy teeth surrounding the gap to create a bridge-like structure and hold the prosthetic tooth in place. Some dental bridges are fixed, and some are removable. Bridges can be held in place by natural teeth, dental crowns, or dental implants.
Missing teeth can affect your ability to eat and smile normally, and if they aren’t replaced, other teeth can drift out of position and change your bite. Such drifting can even shift the position of your jaw, place stress on your teeth and jaw joints, and lead to pain and permanent damage. Teeth that have drifted into a gap are also harder to clean, increasing your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Teeth are meant to work together, and dental bridges fill the gap made from a missing tooth to ensure your other teeth, jaw, and bite remain strong and healthy.
If you are missing all your teeth on one or both arches, an implant-supported full bridge can replace them. With full-mouth dental implants, six to eight screws are implanted underneath the gum line to anchor a permanent or detachable set of prosthetic teeth. In addition to looking and functioning like natural teeth, implant-supported bridges are long lasting, comfortable, and stable. The implants also work to maintain jawbone density, which declines when there are no natural or artificial tooth roots in place.
Few people are comfortable smiling with a noticeable missing tooth, so filling the gap with a bridge can instantly boost your confidence. Using dental crowns or implants and bridges together can further reinforce the lasting power of your smile. Crowns protect teeth that are damaged or in danger of deteriorating, which can prevent further tooth loss. Implant-supported bridges not only restore your smile, but they also provide the necessary support for your jawbone and overall facial structure, ensuring decades of full, confident smiles in the future. During your consultation with Dr. Hage, he will explain the procedure in detail and take the time to address any of your concerns.
Dental insurance usually covers a portion of the cost of dental bridges, which varies among the four main types:
Most PPO insurance policies follow a 100-80-50 coverage structure, in which preventative care is covered 100%, basic procedures such as fillings, extractions, and root canals are covered 80%, and major procedures including crowns, bridges, and implants are covered 50%. Depending on your policy, there might be a deductible in place.
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If you have a missing tooth due to injury, decay, or age-related deterioration, it’s important to fill the gap as soon as possible to maintain your overall oral health. The experts at Smile Designers San Diego can guide you through your options and help determine if dental bridges are right for you. Give us a call at (619) 222-6000 to schedule a consultation today.