Dental Bridges in Missoula, MT
When teeth are missing, the gaps can really hamper your self-esteem. You don’t want to smile for pictures or laugh out loud in the company of family and friends. Additionally, missing teeth can influence your dietary choices, limit your food options, and even compromise your oral health.
At Nelson Dentistry, we love to help our patients achieve great smiles, be able to eat the foods they love, and improve their health. One of the ways we achieve this is with dental bridges in Missoula, MT, an affordable and time-tested solution to tooth loss.
If you’re tired of hiding your smile and want to laugh out loud again, enjoy your favorite foods, and help preserve your existing teeth, give us a call at (406) 542-3305 to schedule a consultation with our top Missoula, MT dentist today. Also get in touch with us if you have questions about tooth loss, dental bridges, and the available options. Our team loves to help patients and potential patients get the information they're looking for.
Also, read through our most frequently asked questions below about dental bridges to learn more about the process and outcome. If your question is not addressed here, never hesitate to give us a call.
- Am I a good candidate for a dental bridge?
- What are dental bridges?
- What are dental crowns?
- How do dental bridges contribute to better health?
- What is an implant-supported bridge?
- What is the difference between a dental bridge and a partial denture?
- What other tooth-replacement options do you offer/
- How do I care for my dental bridge?
- Does insurance cover dental bridges?
- Do you take my insurance?
- Do you offer payment plans?
- How do I schedule an appointment?
Am I a good candidate for a dental bridge?
Dr. Jonathan Nelson will examine your gums and surrounding teeth to make sure a dental bridge is the best option for you. This may include x-rays. With dental bridges, it is vital that the teeth on either side of the smile gap are healthy enough to act as anchors for your bridge.
In some cases, our Missoula, MT dentist may recommend another tooth replacement option.
What are dental bridges?
Dental bridges (also called fixed partial dentures by some) are the historic "go-to" treatment for replacing a missing tooth when there is a healthy tooth located on either side of the smile gap to act as left and right side anchors.
A bridge is a replacement tooth suspended between two dental crowns. The dental crowns go over the adjacent teeth to the left and right of your smile gap, allowing the replacement tooth to fill the space.
Dental bridges in our Missoula, MT dental office are comfortable and created to custom fit your smile. The restoration tooth is also colored to blend in seamlessly with your surrounding teeth.
What are dental crowns?
Dental crowns are versatile tooth-shaped caps that fit over existing teeth and blend in easily with your smile. Dental crowns are used in general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and in conjunction with bridges to anchor restoration teeth.
In general dentistry, a crown is used to shore up a weak tooth that has been damaged due to trauma, decay, or a failed root canal. In cosmetic dentistry, a dental crown is used to conceal flaws or discoloration. In dental bridge placement, dental crowns are used to lock your new tooth in place.
How do dental bridges contribute to better health?
When teeth are missing, existing teeth shift toward these gaps, and this can lead to uneven erosion and future tooth loss. Additionally, when your teeth are intact, you are able to choose a wider variety of foods including healthier dietary options.
What is an implant-supported bridge?
A dental implant is a small post made from titanium. These posts are implanted in your gums and, over a period of months, fuse with your jawbone. Dental implants create the base for restoration teeth or they can help secure a dental bridge!
What is the difference between a dental bridge and a partial denture?
A partial denture is removable and fits around existing teeth to keep it in place. A dental bridge is affixed and a more permanent and hassle-free solution to tooth loss. With a dental bridge, you don’t need adhesives or realign appointments. Dr. Jonathan Nelson’s patients will typically choose the bridge over a removable partial denture; it feels more like a natural tooth because it doesn't move around--you can chew better with a dental bridge.
What other tooth replacement options so you offer?
Other treatment options for replacing a single missing tooth are removable partial dentures or dental implants.
In most cases, Dr. Jonathan Nelson prefers his patients to have a dental implant instead of the bridge or removable partial denture, but sometimes it makes just as much sense to do the bridge. One big challenge with bridges that you have to be ready for is that they require more work to get floss under them for cleaning. If that is neglected, you may develop a cavity underneath, which our top dentist typically has to fix by replacing the entire bridge. It's doable though, and many people have had great success with them.
How do I care for my dental bridge?
As a rule, caring for your dental bridge requires twice-yearly dental visits and teeth cleanings, along with periodic x-rays. You want to keep your gums and anchor teeth healthy to maintain your bridge. This includes taking preventive measures to ward off gum disease, cavities, and oral infections.
It is also recommended that you brush and floss at least twice daily.
Following the placement of your dental bridge, Dr. Jonathan Nelson will give you instructions on how to make the most of your new bridge. This will include special floss for cleaning the area beneath your bridge.
Do you take my insurance?
All insurance policies are unique, but a member of our team can help you check your benefits with your insurance provider.
If we are provided with accurate information and are able to verify your coverage, we can bill your insurance, and you would then only be responsible for copays or deductibles.
You can also pay for any service at the time of your appointment and request that your insurance company reimburses you directly.
Do you offer payment plans?
Our office offers in-house financing because we want you to get the care you need.
Our program allows you to set up an automated payment plan when pursuing treatment that is $300.00 or more following credit approval.
First, we determine the length of your payment plan and the amount we will charge for each payment, following your first installment that is due at the time of service. We will set up remaining payments using a credit or debit card, and we will bill your chosen card monthly and email you a receipt.
We also take CareCredit, which is a health credit card that offers easy repayment plans and interest-free financing to qualifying patients. CareCredit determines your credit limit and usually makes an eligibility determination in only a few minutes. With this card, you can often choose your repayment schedule timeline.
Our Missoula, MT dental office offers these payment options, in addition to checks, cash, and credit cards, to help you get the care you need without interfering with your budget. The more options you have, the more likely you are to seek the dentistry you need!
If you have additional questions about insurance, financing, or copays, get in touch with our team today.
How do I schedule an appointment?
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jonathan Nelson, contact Nelson Dentistry, or you can schedule an appointment online for convenience.
If you have questions about bridges or other tooth-replacement options, a member of our team can help you out, too.