What is the dental bridge process?

Before a bridge can be placed, the abutment teeth, or the teeth that the bridge will be placed over, have to be reshaped slightly so the bridge can fit over them comfortably. A local anesthetic is administered into the gums to completely numb the area before this is done. Once the teeth have been prepped, impressions will be taken so the custom dental bridge can be designed and created. A temporary bridge will be placed, and a follow-up visit will be scheduled to place the permanent bridge. Once complete, you are free to resume your normal eating and oral hygiene habits!

Are bridges better than dental implants?

Dental bridges and dental implants both have their advantages and disadvantages that depend on the patient and their specific wants and needs. Dental implants are very stable dental restorations that often last for decades. Dental bridges are less durable, but they are also less costly and far less invasive than dental implants. The start-to-finish process for dental bridges is also much faster, and there is very little to no recovery time involved. If you still aren’t sure which option to go with, our team would be happy to advise during your consultation.

Are dental bridges covered by insurance?

Dental bridges are considered a necessary restorative treatment, so they are usually covered or at least partially covered by insurance. If you are enrolled in our dental membership plan, the total cost of your dental bridge treatment will be discounted. For any additional costs that aren’t covered, our office accepts both CareCredit® and LendingClub®, which can help break up the cost of dental bridges and other services into equal monthly payments. For more information, please contact our team or visit our financial page.

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