It can be overwhelming when you have a failing tooth or have already lost one – and then you need to figure out which of the many dental options you should choose to fix the problem. If you’d like some professional help figuring out if a dental bridge is right for you, call the caring and skilled team at Nashua Family Dentistry at 603-546-7460 to book a consultation with us.
Because every patient has unique needs and situations, we offer a broad variety of restorative dentistry options to repair smiles at our Nashua, NH dentist office. No matter the state of your teeth and gums, we can help you find a treatment that will allow you to:
- Eat the foods you love most again without pain or difficulty
- Go from nervous and shy around cameras to being the star of the show
- Chew your food more thoroughly, improving your digestion and, consequently, your overall health as well
- Make great first impressions during first dates, job interviews, etc.
A lot of our patients love that we open our office at 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday. By offering appointments that are a little bit earlier than some dental offices, we give you the option of getting your dental procedures done and taken care of before you even go into work for the day.
Depending on your case, many dental insurance plans cover at least part of the cost of a restorative bridge. But on top of accepting many insurances, we also take many other payment options, including third-party financing through CareCredit, Lending Club, and Compassionate Finance. These are all great options for patients that have unexpected dental expenses.
Learn What A Dental Bridge Is, Some Of The Benefits, & More
A dental bridge is a restorative treatment that can fill a smile gap and replace one or more adjacent missing teeth. It is so called because it literally “bridges” a space left between two teeth. At our Nashua, NH dentist office, we offer two types of bridges.
Traditional dental bridges are held in place by your natural teeth that are on either side of the gap left by your missing tooth or teeth. In order to attach one, we will remove a small amount of enamel from your supporting teeth, then attach a bridge made from three or more dental crowns that are fused together. The crowns on either end will be hollow to cap your teeth, while the middle one will be solid to replace your missing tooth.
We can also attach a dental implant bridge if you would like. These work much like the traditional option, but instead of using your teeth for support, your restorative treatment will be held in place by a dental implant on either end of the bridge. One perk of this is that we will not need to prepare your otherwise healthy teeth to attach your bridge.
If you have lost a tooth, you may think that the damage is done and there isn’t much of a rush to replace it. Actually, though, a missing tooth can continue to cause problems for the rest of your smile long after it is gone. Your teeth surrounding the gap can start to drift out of place, for example. And because the tooth root is no longer present, your jawbone can deteriorate as well.
To help you know what to expect from a dental bridge procedure, we will thoroughly explain the process to you before we get started. We want you to feel in control during your treatment, so if you have any questions, feel free to ask before or during. Here are the basic steps of placing a bridge in your mouth:
- Using state-of-the-art dental technology like our digital X-ray machine and intraoral camera, we will thoroughly plan your treatment
- To ensure your bridge will fit properly, we will take a precise impression of your mouth
- We will then prepare your teeth on either side of your smile gap
- Once your bridge is completed, we will then cement it in place and make any final adjustments
If there is any chance of pain or discomfort during your visit(s), we will numb your mouth with a mild anesthetic so you won’t feel a thing.