Dental Bridges – Casper, WY
The Easy Way to Bridge Your Smile’s Gaps
As dental technology and techniques continue to improve, more and more people are able to preserve their natural teeth for a lifetime. However, tooth loss is still a common problem that affects millions of Americans every year. If you find yourself missing a tooth, or even two or three teeth in a row, one of the simplest ways to replace them is with a dental bridge in Casper, WY. Dr. Erin Prach is proud to offer lifelike, custom-made bridges to seamlessly complete your grin. Contact our dental office today to learn more!
Why Choose Dr. Erin M. Prach for Dental Bridges?
- All Dental Insurance Plans Welcome
- Gentle, Down-to-Earth Dentist
- Sturdy Implant Bridges Available
What Is a Dental Bridge?
Often the simplest and most convenient way to address tooth loss, a dental bridge literally “bridges” the gap between your remaining teeth. The bridge is made from three or more all-ceramic crowns that are attached at the sides. Each of these crowns is fitted over a natural tooth, with the prosthesis flawlessly filling the empty space in the middle.
Types of Dental Bridges
When you visit Dr. Prach for an initial consultation, she can review your options for replacing your teeth with a dental bridge. Depending on the status of your oral health as well as your specific goals and needs, she may recommend either of the two main types of dental bridges:
Traditional Dental Bridge
With the traditional method, a dental bridge relies on support from two of your natural teeth. These teeth, located on either end of the gap, are carefully reshaped so that they can accommodate crowns. Once placed, the bridge should reliably remain in place for well over a decade with the right care.
If you’ve lost three or more consecutive teeth, then you might be a good candidate for an implant bridge. Instead of natural teeth, the prosthesis is secured onto two dental implants – small metal posts that mimic tooth roots. After being placed into the jaw, the implants integrate with the surrounding bone, forming an attachment that is just as stable as your natural pearly whites. Compared to traditional bridges, implant bridges are capable of lasting for much longer. They might even last a lifetime!
The Benefits of Getting a Dental Bridge
Every single tooth is crucial to the health of your overall smile. When even one tooth is lost, the others start to drift out of position, leading in alignment issues that can cause serious discomfort. Replacing your missing tooth or teeth with a dental bridge keeps the rest of your teeth in their proper positions.
Some of the other benefits of dental bridges include:
- Gaining the confidence to smile in front of other people.
- Being able to chew your favorite foods again.
- Preserving your jawbone and facial tissues, helping you maintain a bright and youthful appearance.
- Allowing you to speak clearly.
- Giving you a complete smile for many years if not decades to come.
Dental Bridges FAQs
If you’ve lost a tooth or two, dental bridges in Casper have been used for generations to replace missing teeth. Although a bridge is a tried and proven treatment, it's normal to have some concerns, but your dentist will explain everything during your consultation to ease any apprehensions. In the meantime, here are the answers to the most frequently asked questions.
Are dental bridges removable?
A fixed dental bridge is meant to serve as a long-term solution for lost teeth. Dental crowns are bonded to the adjacent teeth to hold the bridge in place. As an alternative, dental implants can anchor your bridge to your jawbone. Neither method is removable. If you'd prefer an option you can take out, ask your dentist about a partial. Prosthetic teeth are affixed to a gum-colored base that has a metal framework, allowing it to clip or clasp onto your remaining natural teeth.
How long will a dental bridge last?
The average lifespan of a traditional bridge is about 10 years, but many things affect how long it will last, like the materials used and the location. Back teeth experience more pressure than those in the front, so a bridge used for molars may have a slightly shorter life expectancy. You can get the most from your restoration with a good home oral hygiene routine and regular care from your dentist. It's best to eat a nutritious diet that's limited in sugar and avoid hard or chewy foods. Your dentist will recommend breaking any bad habits, like smoking, using your teeth to loosen bottle lids, or chewing on your fingernails.
Are dental bridges cheaper than dental implants?
Traditional bridges and crowns can be more affordable upfront than dental implants, but they are the most cost-effective long-term. Dental implants have over a 95% success rate and are proven to last for 30 years or more, so you'll never have to pay for replacements. Not to mention, dental implants improve your oral health because they keep your jawbone strong. You'll avoid common issues caused by missing teeth to prevent needing costly treatments later to lower your overall oral health expenses. You'll enjoy the next best thing to your real teeth with dental implants.
Can I use my dental insurance to pay for a bridge?
Every dental plan and situation are unique, but most insurances can be used to lower the amount you'll pay out-of-pocket. Dental bridges are considered a major service, so most plans cover 50% to 80% of the cost after meeting your deductible. You may also use your dental benefits for other steps in your treatment, like the consultation with your dentist in Casper or preparatory procedures, including tooth extractions and periodontal therapy. We will work on your behalf with your dental insurance to maximize your annual coverage to complete your smile for minimal expense. If there's any remaining balance, our office accepts various payment methods, including monthly installments through a third-party financing company. You can benefit from little or no interest based on your credit approval.