Cosmetic & Restorative Dental Bridges
Following the loss of a tooth or multiple teeth, it is common for individuals to experience feelings of self-conscious and diminished self-worth. In addition to the psychological impact that comes with having missing teeth, there are also detrimental physical effects that occur, such as jawbone deterioration, an increased risk of developing gum disease as well as an increased risk in developing other health issues, such as diabetes, stroke, and cancer. Missing teeth can also limit the types of food you can enjoy, alter your speech and disrupt the harmony of your smile.
Dental bridges are a popular treatment for patients who are missing some teeth but still have healthy teeth remaining that can support a dental bridge. Bridges are comprised of a pontic or multiple pontics, which act as a replacement tooth/teeth and the part of the bridge that holds the pontic in place. There are several styles of bridges that can address different needs, such as the traditional bridge, which is used for patients who still have natural teeth on both side of the gap, a cantilever dental bridge, which only requires one natural tooth to fill the gap, a Maryland dental bridge, which also requires natural teeth on both sides of the gap, but uses a framework bonded to the backs of the teeth rather than a dental crown, or an implant supported bridge, which holds the bridge in place with a dental implant.
As a native of Greenville and fourth generation dentist, Dr. Preston Hamrick is proud to serve his community by developing personal relationships with all his patients and working hard to understand their needs and goals. Read on to learn more about dental bridges, or to schedule a consultation or learn more about our services, call us today at 864.292.5125.
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Dental Bridge Process
The dental bridge process begins with an initial consultation with Dr. Hamrick, who will conduct a thorough oral examination to determine whether dental bridges are a viable treatment option for you. Depending on your particular needs, treatment goals, and general oral health, a dental implant may be recommended. There are a number of important differences to consider when choosing between a dental bridge or a dental implant, such as the maintenance required, durability, cost, aesthetics, and procedural commitment necessary. Dr. Hamrick will discuss these areas with you to make sure you are aware of all available treatment options and can make an informed decision as to which procedure is best for you.
If it is determined that dental bridges are your best treatment option, your next appointment will begin by cleaning your mouth then numbing the area to reduce or eliminate discomfort. Dental sedation will also be available to ensure you remain comfortable throughout the procedure. Next, Dr. Hamrick will reshape the surrounding teeth to ensure the bridge fits properly. Once this is complete, Dr. Hamrick will take a dental impression that will be used to design a dental bridge that is customized to your unique mouth to look natural and feel comfortable.
Once the dental bridge is ready, you will return to our office for one final visit to ensure the fit is correct and that you are satisfied with the appearance of your dental bridge. If so, the dental bridge is permanently adhered to the surrounding teeth with dental bonding cement. Once in place, the dental bridge process will be complete, and you can begin to enjoy having a bright, full smile right away!
Healing Process and Maintenance
The healing process following placement of a dental implant generally takes 1-2 weeks. It is common to experience mild bleeding, swelling and bruising for the first 1-3 days following your procedure. Swelling and discomfort can be managed with over-the-counter medicine or prescribed painkillers and ice therapy, placing the ice on the area for 10-minute intervals. Once the healing process is complete, you can resume your normal daily oral hygiene habits of brushing and flossing twice daily, however you will need to use a water pik or interdental brush to clean under the bridge. It is also a good idea to limit or avoid eating hard foods with your dental bridge to reduce the risk of damaging them.
We also encourage our clients to schedule regular dental cleanings at least every six months to ensure the health and sustained brightness of your smile. In addition to giving your teeth a professional cleaning, these visits are also an opportunity for Dr. Preston Hamrick to evaluate your overall oral health, as he looks for any indications of gum disease or any other underlying issue that may require treatment and can monitor the health of your dental bridges.
Cost of Dental Bridges
The total cost of treatment will depend on the type of bridge that is used and whether additional procedures such as tooth extraction, bone grafting, or treatment of periodontal disease are necessary.
For patients with dental insurance, the total cost of treatment will depend on whether the procedure is covered under your plan, and if so, how much is covered. Our staff are happy to review your coverage to determine whether your plan does cover the procedure and ensure you maximize your benefits and have minimal out of pocket expenses.
If you are a patient at our practice and do not have dental insurance, consider joining our membership club. Because we value your loyalty, we have launched this club to help save you money on treatment and simplify payments for preventative care. We offer three levels of membership: child, adult, and perio membership. Professional dental cleanings, doctor exams, necessary X-rays, and a 5% discount on all other treatment (some exclusions apply) are included in all membership packages.
You can sign up today and start saving money on treatment online or call us at (864) 292-5125.
For your convenience, we accept all forms of credit and debit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express.
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At Heritage Dentistry in Greenville, South Carolina, we are committed to providing 5-star customer service that is relationship based, along with a comprehensive range of treatment options that will ensure your sustained oral health and make you fall in love with your smile again. To schedule a consultation for dental bridges or learn more about our services, contact our Greenville dental team today at (684) 292-5125.