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Green Bay Smiles | Bridges in Green Bay

Green Bay Smiles

2805 Libal Street, Suite B
Green Bay, WI 54301

(920) 339-9013

Bridges
 

If you are missing teeth as an adult, through accident or otherwise, you may find it rather embarrassing. The good news is that tooth loss is surprisingly common in adult Americans. Whether it’s from tooth decay, gum disease, a failed root canal, or an accident, many adults are missing teeth somewhere in their smile. In fact, nearly 7 in 10 adults have lost at least one of their teeth by the time they turn 44, and by the time we turn 74, about one-quarter have no permanent teeth left at all!

Effects of Missing Teeth

If you are among this population, you know the difficulties that follow when you lose a tooth. Including the impact on how you speak, your ability to chew, what you eat, and your self-esteem may also take a hit. Especially if the missing tooth now causes an unsightly gap in your smile. If left untreated for a time, a missing tooth may also cause your teeth to shift, lead to a painful condition known as TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder), or increase your risk for gum disease and tooth decay.

How to Fix It

Before you panic, know that lots of options can help fill in the gap a missing tooth leaves behind. Fixed dental bridges are among the more common choices and work exactly how they sound: by bridging or filling in the space caused by a lost tooth. Fixed bridges are just that – fixed – and cannot be taken in and out of the mouth and are typically held in place via bonding cement and/or metal substructures.

Types of Bridges

Made from porcelain, porcelain-over-metal, metal alloys, or gold, a bridge uses neighboring teeth to anchor one or more artificial teeth in between them. Although there are several types of fixed bridges, there are three main types:

  • Conventional/traditional fixed bridge
  • Cantilever bridge
  • Resin-bonded bridge (also known as a Maryland bridge)

Cost of a Bridge

The cost of a bridge depends on a variety of different things, including your insurance coverage, the techniques of the dentist, lab technician who makes it, where you live, your dentist practices, and the type of bridge you choose. They last anywhere from five to twenty years if well cared for, so it’s best to go for regular checkups and practice good oral hygiene  to keep the area clean.

Your Green Bay dentist at Neighborhood Smiles are happy to discuss this procedure with you.  Give us a call today!

 

 
 
 
Green Bay Dentist | Bridges. Aaron Bushong is a Green Bay Dentist.