Dental Bridges Overview
If one or more of your teeth have fallen out, it is not just a cosmetic issue — gaps in your teeth may cause your remaining teeth to shift out of place. This may lead to more tension when biting, pain when you chew, or even impairment in your speech. A bridge improves the health and appearance of your smile by filling in gaps using a false tooth that is supported by either your natural teeth, dental implants, or both.
Our general dentist, Dr. Patrick B. Toms, in Gainesville, GA, offers dental bridges with high-quality materials to restore your bite and your smile. If you have gaps in your smile from missing teeth, schedule a consultation with Dr. Toms to learn more about your treatment options with dental bridges at Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D.
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"I have extreme anxiety and fear about the dentist. I had a lower molar that had been troubling me for years but no dentist could ever get it to numb enough to fix it due to my resistance to local anesthetics. Dr. Toms used sedation dentistry techniques to correct the issues with my tooth and I can honestly say it was the best experience I have ever had with a dentist. I highly recommend his practice especially if you deal with anxiety over dentistry work. He and his staff were extremely friendly and made me feel like I was there only concern. The procedure was painless (although I must admit I dont think I was even awake for most of it) and just a few hours later I can acually chew again with a tooth I haven't been able to use for years. Thank you Dr. Toms!"- J.G. / Google / Feb 12, 2020
"I have been a patient of Dr. Toms for a very long time! My kids are too, as well as many other family members. I trust his opinion, and expertise. He is not going to recommend any unnecessary services. He and his staff have a gentle touch and are always so friendly, welcoming and professional. I highly recommend Dr. Toms to anyone looking for excellent dental care!"- C.R. / Google / Oct 26, 2019
"Been seeing Dr. Tom's for about 10 years now, have had extensive work done. I am very happy with him and his staff always professional and courteous."- K.L. / Google / Oct 26, 2019
"Dr. Toms, Lorie, and entire staff have been providing dental care to my family for many years. We have complete trust in their capabilities as dental professionals as well as their honesty and integrity. It is a blessing to recieve dental care from a group of people who make you feel like family. Thank you !!!!"- S.B. / Healthgrades / Jul 16, 2019
Best Candidates for Dental Bridges
Missing teeth are not just a cosmetic problem — spaces in your smile may heavily impact the health of your mouth. Your teeth and gums balance each other carefully and a missing tooth may affect how well they work together. Over time, gaps may lead to the shifting of teeth, causing problems with your bite (underbite, overbite, or crossbite) and gum or jawbone atrophy. To place a bridge, the surrounding teeth must be healthy enough to hold the restoration, with good density in the jawbone and gum tissue. Dr. Toms will examine your mouth at your consultation to help you decide the best type of bridge (cantilever, traditional, resin bonded, or Maryland bonded) and material (ceramic, porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, and metal).
What To Expect with Dental Bridges
For the placement of a dental bridge, you will already have a missing tooth. Dr. Toms will numb the area with a local anesthetic and begin the administration of a sedative if needed. Once your supporting teeth are prepped and filed down, Dr. Toms will take digital images and dental impressions so your bridge can be created. A temporary bridge will be placed in the interim while your custom bridge is crafted. As soon as your bridge is ready, it will be cemented into its position. Dr. Toms will adjust the position of your bridge so it is comfortable and stable.
Dental Bridges Follow-Up
You should have a noticeable improvement in the appearance and function of your teeth. You may schedule a follow-up appointment at Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D. to adjust the fit of your bridge if it feels uncomfortable after it is placed. Dr. Toms or an assistant on our team will teach you how to care for your bridge, including the ways to keep it clean and any foods to avoid. It's important to keep your bridge and mouth clean because decay can develop under the bridge. If you properly care for it, your bridge may stay in place for several years. You should continue to schedule appointments at Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D. to get an annual dental examination and bi-annual dental cleanings. During your exams, Dr. Toms can check the health and wear of your bridge to decide if it should be replaced or repaired.
Dental Bridges Insurance Coverage
Dental restorations like bridges are covered, at least in part, by dental insurance. One of our team members will work with your insurance company to calculate your coverage and out-of-pocket costs. Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D. offers several forms of payment, including CareCredit® financing, that may be discussed during your consultation. He will also help you choose the best bridge type and material to suit your budget and needs.
Let's Cross this bridge
Make an appointment with Dr. Toms to get more information about dental bridge restorations and the different options to fit your unique needs. Our established practice at Patrick B. Toms, D.M.D. is pleased to offer custom dental bridges that can improve the health and appearance of your smile. Contact our office in Gainesville, GA to book your consultation.