Porcelain Bridges Greensboro
Do you have a gap in your smile due to a missing tooth? Besides aesthetics, having a gap can pose problems in speaking and chewing, and lead to further dental problems. When there’s too much space in the mouth, your teeth can shift, leading to issues in your bite and a whole host of complications.
For this reason, it’s important you talk to Dr. Farless and your dental team about solutions to fill the gap. One such solution is a porcelain bridge. With quality treatment planning by Dr. Farless, your porcelain bridge can improve your form and function and blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile, and at a lower cost than other treatments like dental implants.
Porcelain Bridges in Greensboro, NC
What is a Dental Bridge?
As one of the classic, reliable dental treatments, dental bridges have been a go-to solution for a missing tooth for generations. If you have a gap in your smile that needs to be filled with a porcelain bridge, Dr. Farless will first come up with a custom treatment plan to meet your individual needs.
Traditionally, a porcelain bridge is made up of a dental prosthesis called a pontic, which is fused between two porcelain crowns. After the preparation of the teeth surrounding a gap in your smile, Dr. Farless will place the crowns on top. In this way, the pontic “bridges the gap” between them, filling in the space in your smile. Best of all, the porcelain restoration can be made to perfectly match your surrounding teeth, making for a natural look.
Are all Dental Bridges the same?
Your smile is unique, and so every dental treatment differs depending on the exact situation. Various factors like:
- Number of missing teeth
- Front tooth or back tooth
- Teeth surrounding the gap
…all affect what strategy Dr. Farless will take. Depending on the situation, there are actually four types of fixed bridges. They include
- Traditional Bridge, in which a gap is surrounded by two natural teeth. In this case, Dr. Farless will prepare the surrounding teeth to be fit with porcelain crowns. A porcelain pontic will be fused between these two crowns, thus “bridging the gap” in your smile.
- Cantilever Bridge, in which a gap only has one natural tooth beside it. In this case, Dr. Farless will prepare the single tooth for a porcelain crown, which has the porcelain pontic attached to it in order to fill the gap.
- Maryland Bridge, in which crowns aren’t used to secure the pontic. Instead, Dr. Farless will bond a porcelain framework to the back of the two surrounding teeth that will hold the pontic in place. While less tooth preparation occurs in Maryland bridge, they are often not as strong as traditional bridges and likely wouldn’t be used to fill a gap in your molars.
- Implant-Supported Bridge, in which Dr. Farless would attach a bridge prosthetic to a dental implant. While this makes for a lasting restoration, dental implants are a more extensive surgery and typically are more expensive.
Porcelain Bridges vs. Implants: costs and insurance coverage
The cost of dental care is always a valid concern. Particularly when it comes to more extensive dental work, costs and insurance coverage can vary. These are especially pertinent questions as they relate to the decision between a traditional bridge versus a bridge supported by dental implants.
Porcelain bridges are a more affordable approach to filling a gap in your smile, while allowing that dental implants make for fantastic, long lasting restorations. In addition to average costs for a porcelain bridge being lower, it is a much less invasive procedure, can be done in fewer visits over less time, and is more likely to be covered by dental insurance.
It’s important to remember that insurance plans vary. The only way to be sure what is covered and what is not is to work with your insurance company and Dr. Farless. And even in the event that an expensive procedure is not covered by insurance, many financing options exist to help pay for the treatment you need.
Can my Porcelain Bridge be whitened?
A common question regarding dental prostheses is where they fit into your overall oral health plans, which may include whitening. Dr. Farless can do an amazing job of matching your porcelain bridge to the shade of your surrounding teeth, but it’s important to remember that the color of your crowns, bridges, and other prostheses cannot be changed via a whitening treatment.
The best course of action if you need a porcelain bridge and desire a whitening treatment is to talk to Dr. Farless. He and his team will craft a treatment plan that will ensure you have the aesthetically pleasing, functional smile of your dreams once your care is complete.
How long will my Porcelain Bridge last?
With proper dental hygiene, you can expect your bridge to improve your form, function, and appearance for 5-10 years.
If you want to know more about porcelain bridges and how one might help your oral health, talk to Dr. Farless and your dental team.