- Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
When one or more teeth are missing from your smile, your appearance and daily functions may be significantly impacted. Missing teeth can resulting in the shifting of teeth, speech impediments, change in bite, TMJ, decay, and gum disease.
A dental bridge can provide a solution by serving as a fixed partial denture in which the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth or teeth are shaped and fitted with crowns, then bonded to artificial teeth referred to as pontics. The amount and type of reduction done on the required teeth will vary depending on the materials involved in the bridge construction. Resin bonded bridges are often used in replacing front teeth and require less preparation given that the surrounding teeth and gums are healthy and there are no excessive fillings. Materials used to construct the dental bridge can be either porcelain, porcelain fused with metal or gold.
Dental Bridge Procedure
During your initial examination and consultation, name ( Dentist) will be sure to evaluate the health of teeth and gums in order to determine whether a dental bridge is an available option for you. Once deemed a candidate, patients will be given a local anesthetic to allow the dentist to prepare the necessary teeth that will provide the supporting structure for the bridge. If the teeth required to support the bridge are broken down or decayed, they will first be properly restored to ensure a secure foundation for the bridge. The dentist then takes an impression of the teeth involved with a molding material similar to putty to create a model of your teeth. This way, the lab technician can ensure a perfect fit for your dental bridge. A perfect fit is imperative to your treatment. A failure to accomplish this could result in future health problems such as tooth decay along with discomfort. During the time it takes to fabricate the dental bridge (typically around two weeks), name ( Dentist) will be sure to fit you with a temporary bridge to protect the gums and teeth from damage and infection until your dental bridge is complete. Once the dental bridge is finalized name will fit and cement it into place ensuring maximum comfort and functionality, and your treatment is finished.
Dental Bridge Cost
There are several factors influencing the cost of a dental bridge such as the following:
- Dental insurance coverage.
- Dentist’s location.
- The type of materials used for the procedure.
- The possible necessity for future procedures in the adjacent teeth such as fillings or crowns.
- The amount of prep work involved in the dental bridge procedure.
- The technique used by the lab technician or dentist.
The cost for dental bridges can range from anywhere between $1000 and $3000 per tooth. In many cases, a dental bridge can last a patient up to twenty years. Of course a major factor affecting the life span of a dental bridge is proper and consistent dental hygiene; visiting your dental provider regularly for checkups to ensure that your bridge will last for many years to come.