Dental Bridge in Jupiter, FL
If you have one or more missing teeth, chances are that you feel uncomfortable smiling and may even struggle with chewing your food and speaking clearly. Smiles Dentistry in Jupiter, Florida, led by Sharada Kacham, DDS, has helped men and women in West Palm Beach and the surrounding communities in Palm Beach County feel more confident with dental bridges to replace their missing teeth.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is an appliance that is designed with two end crowns and one or more false teeth. The crowns are attached to the natural teeth on either side of the opening where you are missing a tooth. When compared to dental implants, dental bridges offer our patients an affordable and straightforward way to replace missing teeth.
Dental Bridge Benefits and Treatment Options
Having missing teeth presents many problems for our patients, such as:
- Feeling uncomfortable about smiling
- Having difficulty chewing food and speaking clearly
- Increasing the risk of developing gum disease and tooth decay
- Embarrassment or self-consciousness over sunken cheeks
- Filling in gaps to prevent surrounding teeth from shifting out of place
Why is a Dental Bridge Necessary?
In addition to the cosmetic problems caused by a missing tooth, you are more likely to develop tooth decay and gum disease when you are missing a tooth. The reason is that bacteria and food particles have direct access to the gum line around the neighboring teeth. Replacing the tooth and following good oral hygiene reduces your chances of having more advanced dental problems.
What is the Procedure for a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is applied during two appointments. During the first appointment, Dr. Kacham re-shapes the neighboring teeth to prepare them for the crown. This involves removing small amounts of enamel so that the crown can fit over the tooth. Next, we make a mold of your teeth that is used for the permanent bridge. Dr. Kacham may also put a temporary bridge in place to prevent your remaining teeth from shifting. Installing the permanent bridge during the second appointment involves using a special adhesive for the crowns, and checking the overall fit of the bridge.
Preparing for a Dental Bridge
If you need a dental bridge to replace missing teeth, Dr. Kacham will explain your options, such as resin and porcelain bridges. You should consider the appearance, function and cost of each option, as insurance may not cover some types of dental bridges.
Recovery from a Dental Bridge
The temporary bridge can be dislodged, so you should avoid hard and chewy foods. The best approach to eating with a temporary bridge is to not chew on the side of your teeth with the bridge. You will also need to change the way you floss when wearing a temporary bridge.
Once your permanent dental bridge is in place, you should not experience any discomfort or problems eating or talking. If you do, please contact us to schedule a follow-up appointment.
How Much Does a Dental Bridge Cost in Jupiter?
Standard dental bridges are covered by dental insurance, but porcelain bridges may not be covered. After your consultation, we will explain what is covered by your insurance and what your out-of-pocket expenses will be. Your portion of the cost can be paid with cash, personal check, credit card and dental financing through CareCredit®.
Is a Dental Bridge Right for Me?
If you have missing teeth, dental bridges, and dental implants can be used to replace them. Both of these options have advantages, so you should meet with Dr. Kacham for a consultation to find out if a dental bridge is right for you.
Everyone deserves to feel confident about their smiles and dental health, so Smiles Dentistry offers dental bridges for residents of Palm Beach County, including Jupiter and West Palm Beach. To find out if a dental bridge is right for you, contact us to schedule a consultation at our office in Jupiter.