Upton and Baker DDS - Wake Forest

Dental Bridges in Wake Forest

Efficiently fill the gaps and replace your missing tooth or teeth with a custom-made dental prosthesis that is securely bonded in place.
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Fill Gaps That Appear In Your Teeth

A dental bridge effectively enhances the appearance and oral well-being by filling gaps with a false tooth supported by dental implants, natural teeth, or a combination thereof. Commonly known as a ‘fixed partial denture,’ bridges are securely bonded or cemented to your teeth, eliminating the need for removal during sleep or cleaning. Addressing tooth gaps is crucial, not only for aesthetic reasons but also for long-term oral health. Missing teeth can hinder speech, create challenges in chewing food, and allow neighboring teeth to shift positions. Let our lovely staff help touch up that amazing smile!

Perpetual Benefits of Dental Bridges

The absence of a tooth or teeth can have a negative impact on our self-confidence and comfort. Fortunately, a dental bridge offers an excellent solution to restore a natural-looking and comfortable smile. Additionally, it provides long-term benefits for the health of our other teeth and the overall well-being of our jawbone. In summary, the advantages of a dental bridge include restoring our smile’s appearance, improving the health of our teeth, and promoting the strength of our jawbone.

Here are the main benefits of dental bridges:

Renewed confidence

The immediate advantages of dental bridges are undeniable, as they have an instant impact on our well-being. They restore a sense of normalcy, allowing us to feel and look like ourselves once again. With dental bridges, we can regain the confidence to smile and eat comfortably, bringing back that familiar and beloved smile. Missing teeth can be uncomfortable, and gaps can make speaking or eating challenging and painful. Dental bridges offer a long-lasting solution to alleviate the discomfort caused by missing teeth, providing more than ten years of relief with proper care.

Oral Health

The interdependence of your teeth and their contribution to your facial structure is essential. However, missing teeth can disrupt your bite and create gaps that allow other teeth to shift. Fortunately, a dental bridge acts as a barrier, preventing teeth from shifting and thereby reducing the risk of decay, periodontal disease, jaw pain, and TMJ disorder caused by misaligned teeth. By maintaining dental alignment, a dental bridge promotes overall oral health and minimizes associated complications.

Maintaining Bone Density

Healthy, stable teeth encourage healthy and strong jawbones. Making sure those bones are taken care of long term is very important to your continual oral health. Stabilizing your dental health with a dental bridge will slow the rate of bone loss from your missing teeth and result in a jawbone with strength, shape and durability.

Dental Bridge Costs In Wake Forest

The cost of a dental bridge can vary so widely from patient to patient. With normal insurance the average insurance plan is about $800-$1200. However, without any insurance in network, a number that should be expected is anywhere from $2000-$3000 or more.

The next question is, what goes into determining the cost of a dental bridge?
  • The type of bridge and the material used to make it.
  • The number of teeth that are missing.
  • The location and complexity of the procedure.
  • The condition of the teeth adjacent to the gap.
  • Supplies and equipment that are required for your specific treatment.

Remember, no dental practice can provide an accurate quote over the phone. Ultimately, your needs are as unique as your smile. It’s important to speak with a dentist and undergo an oral exam to find out all your treatment options and to receive an accurate quote. If you have dental insurance, we would be happy to supply you with a quote to submit to them so you can find out your out-of-pocket costs before you make a decision.

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Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

Frequently Asked Questions

Dental bridges come in two main types: permanent and semi-permanent. They are also known as fixed partial dentures since they are semi-permanent and securely bonded to existing teeth or implants. Distinguishing between a bridge and a denture is simple: bridges consist only of teeth, while dentures feature the characteristic pink gums along with the teeth. The fixed nature of bridges means they remain in place, whereas dentures can be removed.

When facing the challenge of missing back teeth, it is essential to consult with a dental professional who can provide guidance and present suitable options for tooth replacement. They will evaluate your specific situation and recommend the most appropriate and safe solutions to restore your dental function and maintain overall oral health.

Usually you can expect the procedure to take 2 appointments, but with the entire process taking approximately an hour.

Zirconia is one of the materials commonly used for crafting dental bridges. If you are interested in learning more about the available materials for dental bridges or seeking recommendations tailored to your specific needs, we are more than happy to provide you with detailed information. Feel free to reach out to us, and we will gladly assist you in exploring the various options and finding the most suitable solution for you.

Although dental bridge and crown are sometimes used interchangeably in conversation, it is important to recognize their differing functions. Dental crowns are custom-made caps placed over damaged teeth, reinforcing their structure and protecting against decay. Dental bridges, on the other hand, are specifically designed to replace one or more missing teeth, effectively closing the gaps and restoring both appearance and oral functionality.

Google Verified Patient Reviews

Keiko Nakamoto
4 months ago
Just had my second visit to Dr. Upton. On my first visit, Dr. and his assistant, Jessica, did a thorough evaluation of my situation. He asked me questions about my dental history and actually listened carefully to my concerns. Then he left to review my x-rays and options for treatment. When he returned, he gave me some options, which I REALLY appreciated. He even took into consideration my dietary habits and the fact I don't like prescription medications. Not even my physicians gave me that kind of concern!! Today I had my tooth pulled out and he took into consideration my financial situation and did it under local anesthesia, where my previous experience was done under general anesthesia. It was less expensive and totally tolerable. I'm glad that he considers the whole patient, the tolerance to pain, the budget and the treatment preferences. I also appreciate that he sat on a stool and spoke to me face to face. His office staff, Jessica, Megan and Priscilla are all equally attentive and considerate. Thank you everyone 💓! Yes, I would recommend their services to anyone in need of dental care.
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Meg Coffey
7 months ago
Professional, courteous and thorough. Dr Baker and staff take time to explain what they’re doing, what options you have and check often in your comfort level during procedure. Very happy to recommend them to anyone in the market for dental services.
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Frances Given
10 months ago
I've been a patient of this practice for over forty years (even though we moved almost 17 years ago) and their consistent, thorough and friendly care can't be beat! Drs Upton and Baker, as well as, the entire staff have been and are always attentive, caring and never fail to provide the best dental care!
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J C
1 year ago
I’m thankful that I found this dental practice. From the staff, upfront, to the dental assistant Kelly, and Dr. Baker, they have been absolutely wonderful. After having had previous experiences that were not ideal, I was reluctant to find a new dentist that I could trust. I read all the five star reviews for Upton & Baker and tried it out for myself, very happy that I did as they make you feel right at home. Dr. Baker is absolutely wonderful and fantastic and I can’t say enough good things about him. He’s Very professional and skilled, top to bottom. Cannot recommend him more highly. Dr. Baker is so thorough and informative, and lets you know every step of the way what’s going on so there are no surprises. Very calming, as well. Thank you!!
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This was by far the best dental visit I have had in years. Priscilla was great assisting me with getting my appointment booked and offering me an earlier appointment when one came available. Bonnie was AMAZING!! She went very in depth in my cleaning and took the time to help me understand what she was doing and the benefits of each step, no dentist has ever taken the time to help me understand more about my gums and teeth like she did...very educational! Doctor Kevin Upton was great too, he is very friendly and personable. Will be booking all of my dentist appointments with them from now on. 10/10
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Keiko Nakamoto
4 months ago
Just had my second visit to Dr. Upton. On my first visit, Dr. and his assistant, Jessica, did a thorough evaluation of my situation. He asked me questions about my dental history and actually listened carefully to my concerns. Then he left to review my x-rays and options for treatment. When he returned, he gave me some options, which I REALLY appreciated. He even took into consideration my dietary habits and the fact I don't like prescription medications. Not even my physicians gave me that kind of concern!! Today I had my tooth pulled out and he took into consideration my financial situation and did it under local anesthesia, where my previous experience was done under general anesthesia. It was less expensive and totally tolerable. I'm glad that he considers the whole patient, the tolerance to pain, the budget and the treatment preferences. I also appreciate that he sat on a stool and spoke to me face to face. His office staff, Jessica, Megan and Priscilla are all equally attentive and considerate. Thank you everyone 💓! Yes, I would recommend their services to anyone in need of dental care.
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Meg Coffey
7 months ago
Professional, courteous and thorough. Dr Baker and staff take time to explain what they’re doing, what options you have and check often in your comfort level during procedure. Very happy to recommend them to anyone in the market for dental services.
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Frances Given
10 months ago
I've been a patient of this practice for over forty years (even though we moved almost 17 years ago) and their consistent, thorough and friendly care can't be beat! Drs Upton and Baker, as well as, the entire staff have been and are always attentive, caring and never fail to provide the best dental care!
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J C
1 year ago
I’m thankful that I found this dental practice. From the staff, upfront, to the dental assistant Kelly, and Dr. Baker, they have been absolutely wonderful. After having had previous experiences that were not ideal, I was reluctant to find a new dentist that I could trust. I read all the five star reviews for Upton & Baker and tried it out for myself, very happy that I did as they make you feel right at home. Dr. Baker is absolutely wonderful and fantastic and I can’t say enough good things about him. He’s Very professional and skilled, top to bottom. Cannot recommend him more highly. Dr. Baker is so thorough and informative, and lets you know every step of the way what’s going on so there are no surprises. Very calming, as well. Thank you!!
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This was by far the best dental visit I have had in years. Priscilla was great assisting me with getting my appointment booked and offering me an earlier appointment when one came available. Bonnie was AMAZING!! She went very in depth in my cleaning and took the time to help me understand what she was doing and the benefits of each step, no dentist has ever taken the time to help me understand more about my gums and teeth like she did...very educational! Doctor Kevin Upton was great too, he is very friendly and personable. Will be booking all of my dentist appointments with them from now on. 10/10
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