Missing teeth can cause a lot of problems — they often make it difficult to eat, speak, and smile without embarrassment. If you’re missing adjacent teeth, replacing each of them individually can be costly and inconvenient.
That’s why we recommend a dental bridge for patients in this situation. Our bridges are customized to your teeth and highly durable for natural-looking, long-lasting results.
A dental bridge is accurately named as it literally bridges the gap between one or more missing teeth. The restoration is composed of one or more natural-looking porcelain teeth called pontics. These pontics rely on your adjacent teeth on either side for support.
Since they’re customized to your smile, you can rest assured that your dental bridge will look attractive and fit comfortably.
In order to ensure your bridge fits perfectly, Dr. Grubb will have to shave some enamel from the two teeth that will support it. He’ll then cap the teeth with porcelain crowns to increase their strength for added support.
If your surrounding teeth are damaged or already protected with crowns, a dental bridge is an ideal option for you. If not, you may want to consider dental implants to avoid filing down your natural teeth.
For the best of both worlds, you can choose the convenient option of an implant-supported bridge. They look and function just like a traditional bridge, except they rely on implants for support instead of your adjacent teeth.
Implant-supported bridges require a longer treatment to allow the implants to integrate with your jaw, but the long-term health benefits are well worth it. Plus, you’ll save time and money in the long run by preventing further issues with your teeth.
A dental bridge can typically be placed in just two appointments. During your first visit, we’ll prepare your anchor teeth so the crowns fit snugly. We’ll also take a precise impression of your smile and send it to a laboratory, where they’ll use the data to create your customized bridge.
Once it’s ready, you can return to our office so Dr. Grubb can place your bridge. At this point, all that’s left to do is enjoy your stunning new smile.
Depending on your specific case and the type of bridge used, the cost can range anywhere from $1,500 to $5,000. If you’re concerned about price, we feature affordable payment plans for your convenience.
This depends on your insurance provider, but most plans will cover a portion of your treatment to reduce the total cost.
Dental bridges are a safe and effective replacement for missing teeth. With over 35 years of experience, Dr. Grubb can ensure that your treatment is safe and comfortable.
A temporary dental bridge is a restoration that we attach to your teeth after your first appointment. This means you won’t have to live with gaps in your smile while you wait for your permanent bridge from the laboratory.
With excellent oral hygiene and regular check-ups, bridges typically last ten to fifteen years.
If you have adjacent missing teeth, a dental bridge or implant-supported bridge may be the best treatment for your smile. Call our practice at (410) 939-5800 or fill out our convenient appointment form to schedule a consultation.
Before you know it, you can enjoy all the benefits of a healthy and beautiful smile.