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.
"I really appreciate that I can call with an emergency and be seen in most cases on the same day. The staff really cares about the patients. Dr. Staffel goes above and beyond to make sure the work is satisfactory and works extra hard to insure the treatment is completed in a timely manner"- M.T. / Google / Aug 23, 2022
"Dr Staffel does great work. I've had a lot of dental work done in my life and he is the best. Office staff is very professional and very friendly. I would highly recommend this practice."- R.H. / Google / Jul 15, 2022
"The office staff is friendly, efficient, and helpful. I appreciate how much they care about their patients. Highly recommend!"- M.S. / Google / Jul 26, 2021
"Dr. Stassel is so very kind and patient. His staff is amazing also. Debbie is so sweet, loving and kind! I emailed on their website about the issues with my teeth.. she called me and made my appointment ! They very much care about each and every patient. I have searched for a experienced dentist like Dr Stassel for a very long time to help me with my teeth. He is unbelievable and I am utterly impressed with the whole office. I am still pinching myself that it is really true I found him -what a huge blessing it is in my life. Thank you Dr. Stassel and all your staff again. Patty Tyer"- P.T. / Google / May 06, 2021
"Always awesome!"- J.A. / Google / May 06, 2021
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.