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Dental Bridges Florham Park
Looking for a way to fix missing teeth and improve your overall oral health, as well as your self-confidence? Dr. Yusun Gohard is a Florham Park dentist dedicated to providing patients in the area with access to the ideal solutions for their needs. If you’re missing teeth, dental bridges could be the solution you need. However, Dr. Gohard will be happy to discuss all of your options with you to ensure that you are able to arrive at the right decision for your needs and budget.
What You Need To Know: Dental Bridges
If you are missing a tooth, or even more than one tooth, it can cause self-consciousness. You smile less. You talk less. Your quality of life suffers. Of course, the problem goes deeper than this – your other teeth will begin to spread out and your smile will become gapped. However, it does not have to be this way. Dental bridges can help.
What are dental bridges? Really, they are nothing more than an anchoring system paired with a prosthetic tooth or teeth. They fill in the gap where you are missing a natural tooth and improve your smile and self-confidence, while helping to prevent your remaining teeth from shifting out of position.
With that being said, there are quite a few things you should know about dental bridges, ranging from how they are made to how they feel and even whether or not your dental insurance will cover them. We will explore those topics below.
How Are Dental Bridges Made?
A dental bridge does exactly what the name implies – it spans the gap between two existing teeth where one or more teeth might be missing. A bridge may have a single anchor or two anchors, and it may replace one or many missing teeth.
The most common type of dental bridge is the two-anchor format. In this case, two crowns will be installed, one on either side of the gap. The crowns will anchor the framework that supports the prosthetic tooth/teeth between them.
You will find there are three different types of dental bridges available, each designed for a different purpose. Chances are good that you will benefit from a traditional bridge, but a cantilever bridge may be needed if you only require a single crown. A Maryland bridge consists of just a single prosthetic tooth adhered directly to the teeth on either side without the use of crowns.
Bridges are made based on an impression taken from the space where you are missing the tooth. This impression goes to a lab that will manufacture the bridge to match your existing gum color and tooth color. If you need crowns, they will be manufactured at the same time, and will be made based on molds taken of the teeth that will be used as anchor points. Note that some reshaping and finishing will be needed for those teeth before the molds are taken. This is to ensure that the crowns look natural, but also so that they fit your mouth properly.
Do Dental Bridges Feel Natural?
Dental bridges feel very similar to your natural teeth. However, you will notice that they do not transmit a sense of hot or cold when eating and drinking the way your natural teeth do. This can actually be a benefit if you suffer from sensitive teeth, as it reduces the amount of sensitivity.
How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?
Unlike some other treatment options, dental bridges can actually last for a very long time. In fact, it is not uncommon for them to last for a decade or longer. However, there are many variables at play here. For instance, the lifespan of the bridge will depend on the lifespan of the crowns used as anchor points. Crowns can be compromised if the tooth on which they are installed suffers from cavities.
So, proper brushing and flossing are vital to ensuring that you get the lifespan you deserve out of your bridge. However, you also need to visit Dr. Gohard regularly for your six-month checkups (twice per year). She will be able to help assess whether your brushing and flossing are adequate, and spot problems before they become major issues.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Bridges?
The best answer to the question of whether dental bridges are covered by insurance is “it depends”. There are quite a few different factors at work here, including the insurance company with which you have coverage, and your individual dental insurance policy. Some companies will cover both bridges and crowns.
Others will only cover these if there is a non-cosmetic reason for having them installed. Yet others will only cover dental bridges and crowns if the damaged tooth was removed while you were covered by the existing policy. The best path forward is to discuss the situation with your insurer, and then speak with Dr. Gohard about your options.
What Other Options Are Available?
While dental bridges might be one option, you do have others available. For instance, some patients might benefit more from a partial than from bridges. On the other hand, advanced tooth decay may make you a better candidate for dentures, or you might benefit from some other type of treatment.
Dr. Gohard will be happy to provide you with a full oral health analysis, including x-rays and other diagnostic treatments. Based on that assessment, she will help you determine the right choice for your dental care, whether that involves fitting bridges or something completely different.
Give Us A Call Today!
Interested in learning more about dental bridges and crowns? We invite you to call our Florham Park office today and schedule an appointment with Dr. Gohard. She will be happy to discuss all of the options available, explain each treatment choice you have, and help you arrive at an informed decision to improve your oral health.