A Dental Bridge Can Restore and Complete Your Smile
A dental bridge enhances both the aesthetic appeal and overall oral health by filling in spaces with a prosthetic tooth supported by dental implants, your natural teeth, or a combination of both. Often called a ‘fixed partial denture,’ bridges are securely bonded or cemented to your teeth, eliminating the need for removal during sleep or cleaning. Closing tooth gaps is crucial not only for cosmetic reasons but also for the long-term well-being of your mouth. Missing teeth can impede speech and hinder proper chewing, while the presence of a gap allows neighbouring teeth to shift out of alignment.
Long-Lasting Benefits of Dental Bridges: Enhancing Your Smile and Oral Health
When a tooth or multiple teeth are missing, it can significantly impact our self-confidence and comfort. However, a dental bridge provides an excellent solution to restore both the appearance and functionality of your smile. Beyond the immediate benefits, a dental bridge also offers long-term advantages for your remaining teeth and the overall health of your mouth’s bone structure. To summarize, here are the key advantages of opting for a dental bridge:
What to Expect
Dental bridge placement involves a less invasive procedure than that of dental implants, making it an attractive alternative for individuals who are missing teeth but are hesitant to undergo oral surgery. As bridges can be placed in areas where 1 to 3 teeth are missing, they are an effective treatment option for the majority of our patients with dental gaps. If dental bridges are right for you, only one appointment with our dentists will be required for the procedure.
Your First Appointment
Dental bridges offer immediate benefits by restoring your smile and confidence. They eliminate discomfort while speaking and eating, providing a long-lasting solution that can last over ten years with proper care.
Maintaining healthy and stable teeth is essential for preserving the health of your jawbones. When our dental health declines, it affects the well-being of the bone and tissues that support our teeth. By stabilizing your dental health through a dental bridge, you can slow down the rate of bone loss caused by missing teeth.
The cost of a dental bridge can vary significantly depending on individual factors. With a typical insurance plan, the average cost ranges from $800 to $1200+ for a dental bridge. Without insurance, a rough estimate would be around $2000 to $3000 and higher.
Several factors influence the cost of a dental bridge, including:
- Type of bridge and material used: Different types of bridges and materials have varying costs, and your choice will affect the overall price.
- Number of missing teeth: The more teeth that need to be replaced, the higher the cost of the bridge.
- Location and complexity of the procedure: Factors such as the location of the missing teeth and the complexity of the treatment can influence the cost.
- Condition of adjacent teeth: The condition of the teeth adjacent to the gap may require additional procedures or treatments, which can affect the overall cost.
- Supplies and equipment required: Specific supplies and equipment necessary for your treatment can contribute to the total cost.
Please note that an accurate quote cannot be provided over the phone, as every individual’s needs and circumstances are unique. It is important to consult with a dentist and undergo an oral examination to explore all your treatment options and receive an accurate cost estimate. If you have dental insurance, we can provide you with a quote to submit to them, allowing you to determine your out-of-pocket costs before making a decision.
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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.
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
There are three main types of bridges:
Porcelain Dental Bridge
Cosmetic dentists have been creating traditional bridges for a number of years. The traditional bridge is used when a crown or implant is created on either side of the missing tooth. It is the most common type of bridge and typically is made of a porcelain core that is covered with a porcelain finish.
Cantilever Dental Bridge
These bridges are used in specific cases when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth. The cantilever bridge normally requires two teeth to anchor to, to ensure enough support to properly anchor the bridge.
Maryland (Resin Bonded) Bridge
This bridge is structured with wings that are bonded to existing teeth on each side of the bridge. This bridge is commonly used to replace front teeth, frequently missing due to a sports injury or an accident.
Dental bridges come in two main types: permanent and semi-permanent. They are also known as fixed partial dentures since they are bonded to existing teeth or implants. One simple way to distinguish between a bridge and a denture is by their composition. Bridges consist only of teeth, while dentures include pink gums along with the teeth. The key distinction lies in the fact that bridges are fixed in place, while dentures are removable.
To begin the process of creating and placing a dental bridge, the existing teeth need to be prepared, as they will act as the anchor or “abutment” for the bridge.
An impression or 3D scan is taken to create a bridge that is tailor-made for your smile.
Once your bridge is ready we will test fit and then permanently cement the bridge into place. It’s important that your bridge feels natural and completely comfortable.
Maintenance is the next critical step. We will give you instructions on the proper care of your bridge and look forward to seeing you at a follow-up or your next routine exam.
The whole process usually takes one to two appointments. Your teeth will be examined and prepared. Your exact measurements will then be used to create a custom, natural-looking bridge. We carefully test fit your bridge first to ensure it works for you before we cement it in place.
Dental bridges can be classified into two types: permanent and semi-permanent. Referred to as fixed partial dentures, they are bonded to existing teeth or implants. To differentiate between a bridge and a denture, observe their composition. Bridges consist solely of teeth, while dentures feature pink gums in addition to the teeth. The crucial distinction is that bridges are immovable, while dentures can be taken out.
Sometimes, people use the terms dental bridge and crown interchangeably. The reality is they have different functions. Dental crowns are prosthetic caps that are placed over broken, chipped, or worn teeth. They are effective in strengthening the teeth and preventing tooth decay. Dental bridges are designed to bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
We do offer bridges made of Zirconia, among other materials. Feel free to inquire for further details, as we would gladly provide information about the available materials and make personalized recommendations based on your specific needs.