Replace One to Three Missing Teeth with a Dental Bridge
Tooth loss is not only embarrassing, but can make it difficult to eat or speak clearly. Replacing one or missing teeth with a dental bridge can restore normal function and a natural-looking appearance to your smile.
Dr. C. Scott Schmitt is a prosthodontist who is dedicated to detail-oriented care that improves his patients' oral health and allows them to smile confidently. He has completed extensive training, allowing him to provide both traditional and implant-supported dental bridges at his Altamonte Springs, FL, practice.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge consists of pontics, or false teeth, which are supported by dental crowns placed over the teeth on either side of the gap.
While a traditional bridge is a more affordable and less invasive treatment, an implant-supported bridge is highly recommended as it provides unparalleled health benefits by protecting against jawbone atrophy. This restorative option is anchored by dental implants which are surgically fused with your jawbone, preserving the structure of your surrounding teeth.
Regardless of which option you choose, however, a custom restoration usually lasts between five to 15 years.
What to Expect
Typically, your doctor will require two appointments to design and place your dental bridge.
During your first appointment, Dr. Schmitt will prepare your bite for the restoration. First, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the treatment area. He will then begin by removing some of the enamel on both of the teeth that will be receiving dental crowns in order to ensure that the restoration fits comfortably into your smile. Dental impressions will then be taken of your bite which will be sent to a trusted lab where a skilled technician will fabricate your custom bridge. This process usually takes several weeks.
As a specialist extensively trained in repairing and replacing teeth, Dr. Schmitt can provide precise, long-lasting restorative solutions.
Once your restoration is complete and has been sent back to the office, you can come back for your second appointment to have the bridge placed. Dr. Schmitt will check the fit of your bridge to ensure it is comfortable and functions properly within your bite. If small changes are needed, he can make them at the office and then cement the restoration in place.
If you choose to receive an implant-supported restoration, Dr. Schmitt will first need to perform your dental implant surgery. You will then need to allow the implants to fully heal for about four to six months. You will then return for dental bridge placement.
If the cost of surgery has made you hesitate to get an implant-supported bridge, our financing options can help make treatment more affordable, including:
- Third party financing through CareCredit®, Citi Health Card, or LendingClub®
- Major credit cards such as Accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AMEX
- A five percent treatment discount for prepaid services over $5,000
Our team can also help you file your insurance claim.
As a specialist extensively trained in repairing and replacing teeth, Dr. Schmitt can provide precise, long-lasting restorative solutions. To learn more about your tooth replacement options, contact us online or call us at (407) 478-4960. Dr. Schitt and his team are genuinely invested in your oral health and will help you find the best treatment for your needs.