About Dental Bridges
If you are suffering from missing teeth, one of the best ways to remedy your condition is through the use of a dental bridge. Dental bridges are a great way to “bridge” the gap caused by missing teeth through the use of dental crowns and false teeth. Dr. Scott Staffel, a Bedford, TX cosmetic dentist, will place 2 or more crowns for the teeth that are on either side of the gap. These are known as the anchoring, or abutment, teeth. With a traditional bridge, the pontics, or false, teeth will be placed in between the crowns for a natural-looking, secure fit. Dr. Staffel often uses CEREC technology to create and place bridges in only 1 appointment.
There are several types of bridges that Dr. Staffel can discuss to determine the best choice to meet your needs. These include traditional bridges as described above, a cantilever bridge that is used when anchoring teeth are just on one side of the gap, and Maryland bridges that are comprised of a metal framework with a porcelain tooth baked into the front.
"Dr Staffel and his group are truly the best of the best in the dental field. My two children and I have been going to Dr Staffel for 20+ years and the dental care has always been exceptional."- D.D. / Yelp / May 26, 2020
"Emergency root canal due to an abscess during COVID-19. Best, most caring staff ever! Dr. Staffers work was perfect and Dr. Baltazar, the anesthesiologist, was incredibly caring and precise. Would definitely recommend to anyone for any dental work. Thank you so much!!!"- H.M. / Google / May 09, 2020
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"The Staff is so pleasant and accommodating. And Dr. Staffel is AMAZING! Attention to detail is great and he is quite the perfectionist! He makes an uncomfortable experience so easy. Thank you Thank you! Hard to please a New Yorker but they sure did. The BEST - definitely recommend...."- D.W. / Google / Jul 28, 2019
What to Expect
To prepare the teeth for the bridge, the dentist will file down the abutment teeth to create enough room for the crown to fit properly. Once the teeth are prepared, impressions will be created by the CEREC machine’s CAD (Computer-Aided Design) in order to analyze the teeth from every angle in order to create the best-fitting bridges. The Computer-Aided Milling (CAM) technology will be used to manufacture the actual bridge while the patient waits. Once the bridge is created, the dentist will attach the bridge and adjust the fit for ideal comfort and appearance.
After a bridge is placed, a patient should practice proper home oral care (brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash daily) and continue with regular visits to the dentist for professional cleanings and dental exams. In most cases, dental bridges can last 5 – 15 years or longer. During future dental exams, the dentist will check the condition of the bridge and advise when a replacement is needed.
Depending on your insurance carrier and specific coverage, some or most of the cost of your dental bridge may be covered. Our office will coordinate with your insurance to minimize your out-of-pocket cost. We also accept several payment options and offer financing for our dental procedures.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 - 2 Days
- How Long It Takes
- 2 Hours
Smile Without Gaps
Missing teeth with large spaces, or gaps, can prevent you from having your best smile and lower your self-esteem. If you’re ready for a change, talk to your dentist about dental bridges to fill in the gaps and restore your smile. In addition to improving the appearance of your smile, bridges can restore the health and strength of your teeth. Call us today for a consultation.