At Smiles for Life, serving the Harrisonburg, VA, area, we offer traditional and implant-supported bridges to replace missing teeth.
What is a Dental Bridge?
We understand that your smile is an important part of who you are; missing teeth can take a serious toll on your health and self-esteem.
Dental bridges are one of the remarkable restorative options we offer. These customized restorations are meticulously crafted to seamlessly blend with your natural smile in terms of fit, function, and aesthetics. By bridging the gap created by missing teeth, dental bridges restore your ability to bite, chew, and speak properly, enhancing your overall oral function.
Are Patients Who Choose Bridges Happy With Their Results?
This patient has implant-retained, fixed bridges on his upper and lower arches that blend in with his natural smile.
How Bone Grafts Help
A dental bridge, or pontic, is designed to replace missing teeth. The custom restoration can be supported by neighboring teeth or by dental implants.
A dental bridge, sometimes called a partial denture, is designed to replace one or more missing teeth to restore the balance, function, and appearance of your smile. Traditional bridges, or the pontic, rely on dental crowns that are placed on each adjacent healthy tooth for support.
This approach offers several benefits to patients. Total treatment time is much quicker because surgery is not required. This also results in a lower treatment cost. In many cases, dental insurance will cover the full cost of a traditional bridge. In addition, implant-retained restorations offer the best stability.
The downside is that traditional bridges require each healthy surrounding tooth to be shaved down to accommodate the Dental Crowns; also, this dentistry treatment doesn’t prevent jawbone atrophy, which results in changes in the shape of the dental arches and face over time.
Bridges can be attached to Dental Implants, which are titanium posts designed to replace lost tooth roots.
Implants require surgery, but they allow you to avoid the alteration of healthy teeth, and are the only solution that can prevent jawbone atrophy after teeth have been lost.
Though implants require a greater investment of time and money than a traditional bridge, we usually recommend that patients consider this option due to the many benefits it provides.
If you are in good periodontal health and are a non-smoker, you are likely a candidate for dental implants.
Enjoy a Complete Smile Again with Dental Bridges
Dental Bridge Candidacy
At Smiles for Life, During your initial dental consultation, our dentists will perform an exam with detailed x-rays and scans to determine your candidacy for traditional or implant-retained dental bridges.
We understand that dental procedures can be a financial consideration. That’s why we accept many types of insurance and will work with your provider to get as much coverage as possible for your restorative dental services. Our knowledgeable team will assist you in navigating the insurance process, maximizing your benefits, and minimizing any out-of-pocket expenses.
In addition, we offer flexible financing options to make your restorative dental care more affordable. We accept financing plans with convenient monthly payments from Compassionate Finance™, CareCredit®, and LendingClub®. These reputable financing providers can help you break down the cost of your treatment into manageable installments, allowing you to prioritize your oral health without undue financial strain.
Experience the life-changing benefits of restorative dentistry as we help you regain a healthy, functional, and beautiful smile. With our expertise, commitment to excellence, and dedication to your comfort and satisfaction, we will work closely with you to create a customized treatment plan that meets your unique goals and needs.
Don’t let missing teeth hold you back any longer. Take the first step towards a revitalized smile by scheduling a consultation at Smiles For Life Dental Care. Let us help you restore your smile, renew your confidence, and embrace a brighter future filled with self-assurance and joy.
The Bone Graft Process
Custom Bridge Placement
Our Smiles for Life Patients Know
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My first visit was enjoyable and I look forward to my upcoming appointments. I was impressed with how friendly everyone in the office was and accommodating not only to my schedule but to my unique situation. Highly recommend.
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Morgan is the best! I hadn’t been to the dentist in 10+ years and was nervous even though I’d always been a fan of the dentist (weird I know). Morgan explained her recommendations, how the plan would work and set me up with my various appointment needs. She always remembers details of my life and asks about specific things mentioned previously. She’s wonderful and a great asset to Smiles for Life!
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