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Dental Bridges at Bright Now! Dental

Dental bridges are one of the most popular, effective, and budget-friendly tooth replacement treatments. The entire dental bridge restorative process can usually be completed within a couple of visits, depending on whether an extraction is needed before the bridge.
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What Are Dental Bridges?

A special type of restoration that fills in open spaces created by missing teeth, dental bridges are one of the most affordable and popular options for patients who prefer a fixed restoration with lasting results. Most bridges are the width of 3-4 teeth, with either end of the restoration being placed over a pair of natural teeth or dental implants. A “pontic” tooth is suspended between them, offering both functional and cosmetic benefits for your smile.

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Types of Dental Bridges

Porcelain – Complete porcelain dental bridges are made of durable ceramic or zirconia materials that match your adjacent teeth. These types of dental bridges are ideal for more visible areas of your smile, where aesthetics matter most.
Porcelain and Metal – Also called a “porcelain fused to metal” bridge, this bridge design uses a sturdy metal base with custom-matched porcelain covering the outer surfaces.

All-Metal – For back teeth that are constantly exposed to heavy biting pressure, a semi-precious metal such as gold can offer the most long-lasting results. But more common choices these days are the natural looking materials.

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How Are Dental Bridges Attached?

  • Traditional bridges – Are the most common type of bridge design. Your natural teeth, on either side of the missing tooth, are covered with crowns, which support a false tooth or teeth between them.
  • Cantilever bridges – Are sometimes used if there are no natural teeth on both sides of the missing one, such as a missing back tooth. Cantilever bridges are attached to a crown on only one side of the open space, sometimes with additional crowns over the two or three natural teeth in front of the gap for additional support.
  • Maryland bridges – Also known as Maryland-bonded bridges, are attached directly to the back of natural teeth on either side of the missing one, using small “wings” or extensions. This prevents the need to alter your healthy teeth or cover them with crowns. You may want to consider this type of bridge if you have a missing front tooth. But standard of care now – would be a dental implant for the longest lasting results.

Why Choose Bright Now! Dental for Dental Bridges?

If you have missing teeth and don’t elect for the longest lasting, but more expensive treatment dental implants then dental bridges are excellent treatment options to consider. At Bright Now we tailor your treatment to your specific oral health needs, budget, and aesthetic preferences.

What is it Like to Get a Dental Bridge at Bright Now! Dental?

Each of our customized dental bridges is designed to match the symmetry, color, and contour of your surrounding smile. Our experienced dentists take special steps to ensure your smile restoration process reflects the appearance of a natural tooth. With a keen eye for detail, our dentists deliver a treatment experience in the same way they would for one of their own family members.

When you get a dental bridge, you can typically plan on at least two appointments. During your first appointment visit, we’ll prepare the natural teeth on either side of the missing one. Since the opposing teeth will be covered in crowns–such as for traditional or cantilever bridges–your enamel will need to be adjusted to accommodate the crowns. Then our dentists take an impression of your teeth and send it to our lab to create your custom prosthesis.
In the meantime, we’ll cover your prepared teeth with temporary crowns to prevent any sensitivity and protect them from unnecessary wear.

At your second appointment, we’ll remove your temporary crowns and cement your new bridge into place. Occasionally, a third appointment may be needed to make any changes or adjustments.

What is the Recovery and Aftercare Like for a Dental Bridge?

Immediately after your bridge placement, you may experience mild to moderate sensitivity due to adjustments made to the supporting teeth. This is usually a result of your tooth nerves being activated during the procedure but should subside within a few days or a couple of weeks. Many patients also experience an adjustment period as they learn to eat and speak with their new bridge, especially if they have been living with missing teeth for a long time.

Your bridge will look, feel, and function just like natural teeth, and you’ll care for it the same as you would natural teeth. Typical dental bridge maintenance includes daily brushing and flossing, as well as routine dental checkups twice a year. When well-maintained with good oral hygiene habits, most dental bridges can last up to 10 years if cared for properly.

To care for your bridge, we recommend:

  • Brushing twice daily for at least two minutes
  • Daily flossing under and around the bridge to remove bacteria and prevent gum disease (a water flosser can also be used)
    An antiseptic mouthwash to kill germs in the tissues around your bridge
  • Using a water-pik device that aids in getting debris from under the gum line
    Regular six-month dental checkups and exams

While there are no dietary restrictions with a bridge, you should try to avoid very crunchy or chewy foods, which may strain the bridge and potentially cause damage or displacement.

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How Much Does a Dental Bridge Cost?

One of the benefits of dental bridges is that they are a more affordable option than other popular types of restorations used for missing teeth. Additionally, most dental insurance plans cover at least a portion of your dental bridge treatment, minimizing your total out-of-pocket costs. Your total dental bridge cost is also affected by things like the types of materials used, the health of the supporting teeth, or if it’s being attached to dental implants.

Insurances Accepted

We accept most PPO and HMO dental insurance plans. Our professional dental team will help determine your eligibility for customized bridges and other dental prosthetics so that the total dental bridge cost is as low as possible. You can also use our zip code tool to see a list of major insurance plans accepted in your selected office.

Bright Now Flexible Payment Plans

At Bright Now! Dental, our affordable financing options make it easy to cover the cost of restorative dentistry treatments. Enjoy flexible payment plans that fit your monthly budget. Plus, you can pair financing with your existing dental insurance coverage or our private OneSmile Dental membership plan.

Patients without insurance can take advantage of Bright Now! Dental’s OneSmile Dental Plan, for 20%-40% off most dental services for one low annual fee.

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For affordable and comprehensive dental care, choose Bright Now! Dental. Our holistic approach to oral health care—including tooth replacement options like dental bridges—ensures you’ll have a strong, natural-looking smile you feel confident about showing off. Reserve your consultation now.

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