If you are missing a tooth, dental bridges can be used to literally "bridge" the gap created by the missing tooth! Dental bridges can be made from gold, alloy, or porcelain and are attached to the adjacent teeth (called “abutment” teeth) for support.
Contact Comprehensive Dental Health at 203-624-5515 to speak with one of our staff about having a dental bridge procedure!
Dental bridges can:
- Restore your smile
- Restore the ability to properly chew and speak after losing teeth
- Help maintain the shape of your face
- Redistribute the forces in your bite by replacing missing teeth
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
What is a typical dental bridge procedure?
Getting a dental bridge is usually a two-step process. During your first visit to the Comprehensive Dental Health office, your abutment teeth are prepared for your new dental bridge by re-contouring. Re-contouring involves removing a portion of your tooth’s enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them.
Next, impressions of your teeth are made, which will serve as a model for your new dental bridge, including pontic and abutments. Dr. Dr. Joseph Tagliarini will make a temporary bridge to protect your teeth and gums exposed by the re-contouring until your next appointment.
During the second visit, your temporary bridge will be removed and the new permanent dental bridge will be checked and adjusted to ensure a proper fit. Some patients may require multiple visits in our New Haven office to ensure the proper fit of the framework and bite.
How long do dental bridges last?
Dental bridges can easily last 5 to 15 years and even longer with the proper care! In order for the dental bridge to last, those abutment teeth need to stay strong. Brushing twice a day and flossing helps prevent tooth decay and gum disease that can lead to tooth loss. Regular checkups also help extend the life of your dental bridge.
How much do dental bridges cost?
Your dental insurance will typically cover a percentage of the fee for dental bridge work. This is dependent on your insurance provider.
You can contact our dentist and team at Comprehensive Dental Health to learn more about dental bridges in New Haven, CT.