BRIDGES

Before we explain how bridges work and why they are used, it is important for you to know about dental lab fees.

We use a top-quality lab, based in the US, that NEVER discounts their products to us. Normally a top-quality US made bridge costs about 40% of the cost of the procedure. If you send it to China it costs about 15% of the cost. If you make it in-house, the cost of the raw materials is about 2.5%…..

We never send any crowns to China to be made and we do not make them in-house to save a few bucks! In the long run, we believe that true quality will prove itself.

Also, our fees are the same or less than others who send their crowns to China or make them in-house. We believe that patient loyalty is our greatest asset.

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A bridge — a device used to replace missing teeth — attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth (abutment teeth). Bridges are either permanently attached (fixed bridges) or removable.

Fixed bridges are applied by either placing crowns on the abutment teeth or by bonding the artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth. Removable bridges are attached to the teeth with metal clasps or by precision attachments.

If you're missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of their importance to your appearance and dental health. Your teeth work together for many daily functions from eating to speaking. With missing teeth, it's difficult to do these things. Missing teeth can and should be replaced. Fixed bridges are a great way to restore your dental health and appearance.

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Oral functionality and appearance are important reasons for wearing a bridge. A bridge helps support your lips and cheeks. The loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to sink and your face to look older.

Dental health is the most important reason for a bridge. Teeth were designed to complement each other. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues when teeth are missing, causing a number of potentially harmful disorders.

Increased risk of gum disease has proven to be one of the worst side effects of missing teeth and can be minimized with a bridge.

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The attachment procedure usually takes two or three appointments to complete. At the first appointment, the doctor) will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by removing a portion of the enamel and dentin.

Since the bridge must be fabricated very precisely to ensure correct bite and to match the opposing tooth, an impression of the teeth, or a digital scan is taken and sent to the lab where the bridge will be constructed.

Fixed bridges are typically cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth. A pontic (false tooth) replaces the lost tooth. Crowns, which are cemented onto the natural teeth, provide support for the bridge.

Bridges can be constructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. In porcelain fused to metal bridges, porcelain is bonded to a precious metal.

A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. This is of critical importance since the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.

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Dr. Shroff your West Point Georgia Dentist, provides dental care to adults and children, serving the Georgia and Alabama communities of West Point GA - Lanett AL - Valley AL and La Grange GA.

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