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Dental bridges

Dental bridges in Moody, AL

Missing teeth are no laughing matter; they can have not only an effect on your dental health but on your smile. Specifically, missing teeth can cause:
  • A shift in the alignment of your teeth
  • Increased risk of periodontal disease
  • Increased risk of tooth decay
  • Loss of adjacent teeth
  • Speech disorders
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
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What are the benefits of dental bridges?

Placing bridges serve a restorative purpose in addition to a cosmetic purpose. Dental bridges improve your ability to chew and speak as well as helping your smile. According to a recent study in the Journal of American Dental Association, dental bridges have been shown to dramatically reduce the risk of losing teeth adjacent to a missing tooth. Additionally, dental bridges help to keep your jaw and face from changing shape as often happens when a person is missing teeth.

What types of bridges are there?

There are several types of bridges:
  • Cantilever bridges: used to replace a tooth that does not have supporting teeth on both sides of the affected area
  • Maryland bonded bridges: include artificial teeth and gums, and are held in place by a metal frame
  • Traditional bridges: bridge the gap of an empty tooth space by securing a false tooth using crowns on the teeth on either side -these are the most common

How are dental bridges placed?

The installation of dental bridges typically takes two visits. First, your dentist determines if you are a good candidate for a dental bridge and then sets to work preparing, reshaping and reconstructing any badly damaged or decayed areas. Next your dentist takes an impression of your teeth and sends it off to a lab where it is cast into a mold and gives you a temporary bridge to wear. On your follow-up visit, this mold will be fitted to your teeth while any adjustments or corrections will be made on the same visit.
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How long do dental bridges last?

Dental bridges last typically from 8 to 15 years and can last even longer if you brush and floss regularly.

Are bridges covered by my dental insurance?

Dental bridges are usually partially covered by insurers. Speak with your dentist to find out exactly how much you will have to pay out of pocket. Talk to us aboutdental bridgestoday in Moody, AL.
  • Flexible hours
  • Same day appointments available
  • Emergency appointments
  • Comfortable, relaxing environment
  • Personalized, gentle care
  • Six doctors on staff
  • Largest dental office in the area
  • Financing available through Care Credit
  • We file your insurance
  • Late hours- open until 6 p.m.
  • Saturday appointments available
  • We accept Medicaid
  • Serving the Tri-County area
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