Fixed Bridges

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Fixed Bridges Overview

If you are tired of feeling self-conscious about your missing teeth, we can help. Missing teeth can make everyday tasks like eating and speaking uncomfortable and embarrassing. Fortunately, Mace Dental Group offers fixed bridges.

We design our fixed bridges to seamlessly replace missing teeth, giving you a natural-looking smile that will boost your confidence. Say goodbye to gaps in your smile and hello to a beautiful set of pearly whites.

Please book an appointment today and let us help you rejuvenate your smile with our fixed bridges!

What is a Fixed Bridge?

A bridge is a prosthetic tooth (or teeth) that attaches to teeth on one or both sides prepared with dental crowns. A fixed bridge is permanently joined onto the neighboring abutment teeth (crowned teeth) and consists of two basic units: the false tooth or teeth (called a pontic) and two abutment crowns. 

The style of the bridge we suggest will depend upon the strength and health of the abutment teeth and the tooth gap’s location. If healthy adjacent abutment teeth aren’t available or if you prefer not to prepare the adjacent teeth, a surgically implanted metal post, known as a dental implant, may offer a solid alternative. 

We may recommend a removable partial denture or implant-supported prosthesis for a bridge that replaces many teeth. Each situation is unique, and each treatment has its benefits and drawbacks.

How Long do Fixed Bridges Last?

Fixed bridges, when properly maintained, can be a long-lasting solution. With proper care, a fixed bridge may sometimes last at least 8 to 10 years, or even longer. However, the lifespan of a fixed bridge is not solely dependent on care and maintenance; it is also influenced by the materials used, the precision of the fit, and the patient’s habits, such as avoiding hard foods that may compromise the structure. Understanding these factors is crucial for anyone looking to make the most out of this significant investment in their oral health.

How Much Do They Cost?

The cost can vary, depending on the materials used and the complexity of the dental issue. During your consultation, you’ll receive tailored advice and a price estimate. While prices can range, understanding the value of a fixed bridge beyond its price tag, such as durability, effectiveness, and the confidence it can restore, is essential in appreciating the investment in one’s dental health.

What Are the Steps?

The process of fixed bridge placement is both an art and a science, meticulously designed to restore the functionality and aesthetics of a healthy smile. Beginning with a thorough evaluation, one of our dentists assesses the health of the teeth and gums to ensure they can support a bridge. Precision is vital in the next step, where we carefully reshape the abutment teeth to anchor the bridge securely. We take impressions, capturing the exact contours of the mouth, which serve as a blueprint for crafting the custom bridge. 

We can provide temporary solutions to protect the reshaped teeth while skilled lab technicians meticulously fabricate the permanent bridge. Finally, the moment of transformation arrives when we cement the finished bridge into place, promising a renewed smile and a reinforcement of dental integrity and function.

Fixed Bridges in Washington, Missouri

A bridge is a quality, stable solution that renews your smile. If you’ve lost teeth due to an accident, injury, or gum disease, we can create a permanent bridge to restore your solid smile. A bridge not only fills the gap but also prevents the repositioning of remaining teeth. It can also correct a misaligned bite, improve chewing function and speech articulation, and provide internal structure for the face to give you a youthful appearance.

If you have questions about crown and bridgework or any other dental prosthetic, contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. James Mace or Dr. Kelsie Hinkl. The Mace Dental Group team will happily schedule your evaluation to discuss our restorative dentistry in Washington, Missouri. In addition to fixed bridges, we offer all-on-4 dental implants, dentures, and much more.

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