Restore Your Smile with Dental Bridge Treatment

Most people are familiar with dentures for replacing a full set of teeth, but what do you do when you’re only missing one or two teeth? Dental bridges offer a solution for replacing individual teeth and restoring dental function. To find out if you’re a candidate for dental bridges, or to discuss other treatment options, we welcome you to schedule a consultation with Denver cosmetic dentist David Redford.

What Are Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges are a type of restoration used to replace missing teeth. There are different types of dental bridges but they are all used to “bridge” the gap between missing teeth. The different types of dental bridges include:

  • Traditional bridges: Traditional bridges are used to replace one to three missing teeth. They consist of one to three artificial teeth attached to two dental crowns, one on each end. In order to place a traditional bridge, there must be two healthy teeth next to the gap left by the missing teeth. These teeth are used to anchor the crowns of the dental bridge within the mouth.
  • Maryland bonded bridges: Maryland bonded bridges are similar to traditional bridges, but include artificial gums.
  • Cantilever bridges: Cantilever bridges are used when there is only one natural tooth to attach the bridge too. Cantilever bridges are a good option for those missing multiple teeth.
  • Implant-supported bridges: In cases where many teeth are missing, dental implants can be placed to anchor a dental bridge within the mouth.

Dental Bridge Candidates

Most people missing one or more teeth are suitable candidates for dental bridge treatment. Traditional dental bridge treatment doesn’t require surgery, making it safe for most missing teeth sufferers. Dental bridge candidates include those who relate to one or more of the following:

  • Missing teeth but not enough for dentures: Dental bridges are great for patients with one or more missing teeth, but who aren’t missing enough teeth to require dentures.
  • Unable to undergo surgery: Some people with missing teeth are not healthy enough to undergo dental implant surgery. Traditional dental bridge treatment is surgery-free, making it a good option for replacing missing teeth in those patients not healthy enough for surgery.
  • Those looking for fast tooth replacement: Dental bridge treatment is fast and requires zero recovery time. Treatment can be completed in as little as two dental visits, a much faster process than dental implant treatment, which can take six months or more to complete.
  • Those who do not want dental implant surgery: People who require missing tooth replacement but do not wish to undergo dental implant surgery are great candidates for dental bridge treatment. Dental bridges allow replacement of missing teeth without the use of surgery.

Find Out if You’re a Candidate for Dental Bridges

You don’t have to suffer with missing teeth. Dental bridges are just one of many options for replacing missing teeth. To find out if you’re a candidate for dental bridges, or to discuss alternative treatment options, we invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Redford.

Prices and Payment Options for Dental Implants

Dental implants have been growing rapidly in popularity as an effective way to replace damaged or missing teeth and restore a healthy and natural smile. If you’re a candidate for a dental implant, you may have questions about the cost, the role of dental insurance, and what payment options are available. Cosmetic dentist David Redford and his skilled staff at University Dental Arts are on hand to discuss your options and make dental implants work for you.

The Benefits of Dental Implants

Before you can decide if dental implants are right for you, it’s important to understand exactly what a dental implant is. A dental implant procedure involves an oral surgeon embedding one or more “anchors” to your jawbone. Once the anchor has healed and properly fused to the jawbone, your cosmetic dentist can install an abutment and attach either removable or permanent prosthetics ranging from a single crown to bridges or dentures. A dental implant is much stronger and sturdier than traditional bridges or dentures, and is commonly regarded as the top of the line in tooth replacement.

Dental Implants and Dental Insurance

Most dental implant procedures are not fully covered by insurance at this time. With the availability of dental crowns and bridges, relatively new treatments like dental implants are often considered elective. The average dental implant tends to cost between $1,500 and $3,000 per tooth for the abutment and crown alone, plus additional costs for implant placement with an oral surgeon. But that price tag does not have to put the dental implant procedure you want out of the realm of possibility. While those who can afford it can certainly pay for a dental implant in one lump sum, most patients opt to work out a payment plan.

In Consideration of a Payment Plan

If your insurance does not fully cover the cost of dental implants and you cannot afford to pay for the procedure outright, you still have several options. You may consider paying with a credit card, or you may work out a payment plan with your dental office.

University Dental Arts is one of many dental offices that are receptive to financing extensive procedures like dental implants through individualized payment plans. A payment plan works in much the same way as a credit card – instead of paying in one lump sum, you are able to pay off the balance for your procedure little by little in monthly installments with nominal interest. A set up like this can make even expensive treatments much more manageable.

The Cost of Going Without

It is a fact that dental implants can carry a significant price tag. But when weighing your options, it is also important to weigh the costs of dental implants against the cost of ignoring your dental needs or opting for a lesser treatment.

Too many people put off necessary dental work for years, only to find themselves in need of much more extensive dental work in the future. By working with your dental office to work out a payment plan, a dental implant procedure can be within your reach.

Contact Your Denver Dental Implant Specialist Today

At University Dental Arts, cosmetic dentist David Redford is committed to restoring your smile and your confidence. Call (303) 534-7797 to contact our Denver dental office and discuss your dental implant payment options.

Natural Looking Restorations for Dental Implants

Dental implant restorations offer a permanent and secure solution in tooth replacement. Dental implant restorations have the power to not only improve the aesthetics of your smile, but also the function of your teeth. If you are looking for a Denver cosmetic dentist for your dental implant restoration, we welcome you to schedule a consultation at University Dental Arts. In the meantime, here is an overview to help you decide if dental implant restorations are right for you.

Types of Dental Implant Restorations

Dental implants are surgically placed titanium posts, which act as a replacement tooth root. Dental implant restorations are attached to these posts to restore the look and function of your teeth. There are different types of dental implant restorations available to meet your specific needs. Dental implant restorations include single crowns to full sets of dentures.

Dental Crowns

For those only missing one or two teeth, dental crowns are a suitable option in dental implant restoration treatment. The process for using dental crowns for dental implant restoration includes surgically placing the dental implant post within the missing tooth socket of the jaw. The jaw is allowed time to heal and once healed, a permanent bond is formed between the bone and implant. Once fully healed, generally a few months later, the dental crown will be attached to the titanium post with an abutment to complete the treatment.

Implant-supported Bridges

Implant-supported dental bridges are another option in dental implant restorations. Implant-supported bridges are generally used to replace two or three adjacent teeth. With implant-supported bridges, a dental implant is placed to support the bridge. The bridge, which consists of two or three artificial teeth, will be attached to the implant to fill the space between the missing teeth . In cases when multiple teeth are missing, dental implants may be used to secure both ends of the bridge.

Implant-supported Dentures

For those requiring dentures, or, already wearing dentures, dental implant-supported dentures are a great option. Implant-supported dentures provide a secure, comfortable fit so you can eat your favorite foods and go about your daily activities with confidence. Implant-supported dentures attach within the mouth with three to five implants using either a metal stud or bar attachment. Implant-supported dentures can be removed for cleaning but will stay firmly in place while you eat and speak.

The Benefits of Dental Implant Restorations

For our patients in Denver, dental implants offer a number of benefits including increased confidence, aesthetics, and comfort. Here are just a few of the many benefits you can expect to experience with your dental implant restoration:

  • Increased confidence in the way your teeth look and feel
  • Enhanced aesthetics, as the dental restorations available at University Dental Arts are custom made to look natural and complement your face
  • Better function, as the dentures are permanently anchored down with dental implants
  • Improved comfort; no adhesives are required to keep the dentures in place

Schedule a Consultation

You can enjoy the comfort and confidence of having a full set of teeth. Schedule a consultation at University Dental Arts in Denver to see which dental implant restoration is right for you.