A dental bridge is another term for a false tooth that is permanently affixed between two porcelain crowns to replace a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth. In a fixed bridge, the two supporting crowns are connected to each side of the false tooth. Fixed bridges are permanent and cannot be removed, unlike partial dentures.
There are different types of dental bridges, and some are more stress-resistant than others. For a bridge in the front teeth, a cantilever bridge may be used. Cantilever bridges are typically implemented when there is only one side to affix the bridge.
Dental bridges can be used to correct a number of issues including gum disease, bite issues, speech impediments, and missing teeth. With proper care and maintenance, bridges typically last for many years.
How is a Dental Bridge Installed?
A cosmetic dentist will prepare the area where the dental bridge is to go by applying a mild anesthetic to numb the area and then a portion of each abutment will be removed on either side of the space to accommodate the crown. If the abutment teeth already have fillings, a portion of the filling may be left over to provide a more stable foundation for the crown.
The cosmetic dentist will make a mold of the space to be filled which will then be sent to a dental laboratory to be fabricated. A temporary bridge will be put in place during the interim period while your bridge is being made. This temporary bridge will help protect your teeth and gums for the time being.
One option for your temporary bridge is a Flipper appliance. A Flipper is a temporary false tooth that is attached via a plastic piece that fits on the roof of your mouth.
When you return, your temporary bridge will be removed and the new fabricated bridge will be checked for fit and then permanently affixed to your teeth.
Types of Dental Bridges
- Traditional Fixed Bridge: usually cemented between two porcelain crowns to replace one or more missing teeth
- Resin Bonded Bridge: generally replaces front teeth when the surrounding teeth are health, it is cheaper than traditional fixed bridges and requires less preparation of the surrounding teeth
- Cantilever Bridge: for areas of the mouth that are under less stress, cantilever bridges are used when there is only one side or abutment to attach the false tooth.
How Much Does a Dental Bridge Procedure Cost?
The price for a dental bridge procedure can vary depending on several factors. The number of teeth affected, the type of material used, the selection of dentist, and geographical location can all impact the price of a dental procedure.
How To Pay For a Dental Bridge Procedure
There is always the out-of-pocket option, but if you do not have the money for a dental bridge procedure and you have no dental insurance, you can still find dental financing to help pay for your dental work. Click here to learn more about Dental Loans and the Dental Bridge Financing options available to you.