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What to expect before, during, and after dental bridge treatment in Indianapolis

Losing a permanent tooth can have a detrimental effect on your smile and your self-confidence. Natural teeth can be lost due to injury or disease. When a permanent tooth is lost or needs to be removed, options for replacement will be discussed right away so that the smile is not further affected by shifting teeth or hidden bacteria. Some of the options available for tooth replacement include partial dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants. For the permanent restoration of form and function, dental bridges are the most common choice.

What to expect before, during, and after dental bridge treatment

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Dr. Church and the team at Washington Street Dentistry provide gentle, compassionate dental bridge treatment to patients from Indianapolis and surrounding areas. These restorations are fixed, or anchored on the teeth adjacent to the gap using dental crowns. Made in a dental lab, the bridge will contain two crowns and an artificial tooth fused together for structural support. Once the crowns are bonded to teeth, the artificial tooth is secured in the gap, sitting on top of the gums. A fixed bridge is more stable than partial dentures, which are removable, and a bridge is a more affordable choice compared to dental implants. It is important to note, however, that implants can last a lifetime, whereas a bridge may need to be replaced after 10 to 15 years.

Before dental bridge treatment

After dental bridge treatment

During a consultation for tooth replacement, Dr. Church discusses the various options available, including details of each. If patients do not wish to invest in implants, or they have insufficient bone structure to support this form of treatment, plans will be made to create a customized dental bridge. After teeth are prepared for their custom-fitted crowns, impressions are made and temporaries applied.

During treatment

Fabrication of a dental bridge takes about two weeks. During the placement visit, temporary crowns will be removed and the permanent crowns are bonded to teeth carefully, and assessed for precise fit. We also check bite to ensure long lasting function and comfort.

After you receive your dental bridge

Before dental bridge treatment

Patients are shown how to care for their dental bridge after treatment has been completed. Because the artificial tooth sits on top of the gums, flossing habits will change. Regular, proper flossing under the artificial tooth is a very important step towards controlling oral health. Failing to clean this area means that bacteria can collect beneath the bridge, weakening gum tissue and the bridge itself.

Tooth replacement does not have to be a stressful transition. Our staff is highly experienced, and committed to providing gentle care. Contact Washington Street Dentistry for your dental needs.

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Washington Street Dentistry
Dr. Matthew Church

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A graduate from the University of Kentucky, Dr. M Church has an extensive amount of skill and expertise in the field of professional dentistry. With over 20 years of experience, he is a firm believer in providing his patients with the best possible care for their dental concerns. Whilst being educated and experienced in a multitude of dental services, Dr. Church is particularly proficient in the areas involving Invisalign, for which he is a certified provider, cosmetic dental services, and dental implants.

Dr. Church invests both time and resources in educating and maintaining his standard of quality in terms of his service. He undertook and graduated from the Misch International Implant Institute Surgical Program and maintains active membership with the American College of Oral Implantology. He is a Fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists.

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I continue to be impressed with Dr. Church and his staff. They seem to have a great rapport, and his chairside manner is remarkable. In addition, I have never been made to feel embarrassed or punished because of the amount of work my teeth need. Keep up the good work

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