Dr. Brad Gorsky offers several options to replace missing teeth, including dental bridges. The prompt replacement of missing teeth is important to avoid the possibility of developing additional dental problems which may impact restorative treatment options.
Dental bridges are a series of artificial teeth that can be either removable or fixed, supported by natural teeth or dental implants. Dr. Gorsky will work with you to determine the option best suited to your dental health, cosmetic goals, and budget.
About the Dental Bridge Procedure
We follow a simple process for treatment with dental bridges. This process begins with a comprehensive evaluation to examine the health of the teeth, gums, jaw joints, and other support structures. You may have an existing dental bridge or have teeth that need to be extracted. Regardless of your condition, the dentist will create a personalized treatment plan that fits your needs, goals, and budget.
A dental bridge can either be removable or fixed. Whenever appropriate, Dr. Gorsky will support the choice for a fixed dental bridge as a long term solution for missing teeth. The dental bridge can either be supported by dental crowns and/or dental implants. The dentist will prepare any teeth as needed to ensure a solid foundation for the dental bridge.
The dental bridge will be fabricated in a dental laboratory. You may have a temporary bridge to wear in the intermediate time period. In approximately 2 to 3 weeks from your initial visit, you will return for the delivery of the final restoration.
Dental Bridges vs. Dental Implants
Many patients are faced with choosing dental implants or a dental bridge to replace missing teeth. Dr. Gorsky offers both treatment options and can help you determine which is best for you after a thorough examination of your oral health and listening to your concerns and goals.
While dental implants offer the most lifelike replacement for missing teeth, they are not for everyone. Things that could disqualify you as a candidate for implants include bone health, age, and location of missing teeth.
Another major difference between implants and bridges is cost. In most cases, dental implants are more, however, they are also less likely to need maintenance or repair and can be less expensive in the long term.
Dental Bridge FAQs
How much does a dental bridge cost?
The cost of a dental bridge will depend on the number and location of the missing teeth as well as the type of bridge and materials chosen. Dr. Gorsky accepts most dental insurance and will handle all necessary billing and paperwork. Additionally, we offer financing through Citi Health Card for patients who are concerned about cost.
Can you repair broken bridgework?
Although dental bridges are built to last a long time, problems can still arise. Dr. Gorsky can coordinate your dental bridge repair. If a bridge happens to chip, break, or come loose, you should contact Dr. Gorsky right away. Depending on the extent of damage, we may be able to cement the bridge or replace it altogether.
How do I take care of my dental bridge?
A dental bridge should be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth. Dr. Gorsky will show you a special technique to floss under and around the artificial tooth or teeth. It is also important to visit the dentist at least twice a year for routine examinations.