Dental bridges are fixed dental appliances used to replace missing teeth by getting support from the adjacent healthy teeth on either side of the gap. The teeth to support the bridge are called an abutment and the ones to fill the gap are called pontics. Compared to conventional removable dentures, bridges remain fixed to the teeth and can only be removed by a dentist and only when required. See Restorative dental treatment.
Types of Tooth Bridge
There are four main types of dental bridges:
Traditional bridges consist of false teeth being held into place by dental crowns which are cemented onto each of the abutment teeth. A traditional bridge is the most popular type of bridge and can be used when you have natural teeth on each side of the gap.
The cantilever is a dental bridge similar to a traditional bridge but the pontic in this type is held by a dental crown cemented onto the abutment tooth. For this type of bridge, you only need one natural tooth next to the missing tooth gap to work.
The concept of a Maryland bridge is similar to a typical dental bridge in the sense that the prosthetic tooth is attached to the teeth of either side of the gap to create a perfect smile. While traditional dental bridge dental crowns at the backs of abutment teeth, Maryland bridges use a framework made of metal or porcelain bonded to the backs of the abutment teeth. Maryland bridges can only be used when you have a natural tooth on each side of the gap caused by a missing tooth or teeth.
This type of bridge uses dental implants, not crowns or frameworks. Normally, one implant is surgically placed for every missing tooth, and these implants keep the bridge in position. If one implant for each tooth is not possible, it may have a pontic suspended between two implant-supported crowns.
Why do I need a tooth bridge restoration?
When a permanent tooth falls out, the surrounding teeth may drift into the gap, causing them to tilt and become lost themselves, setting off a cascade of further issues. The teeth on the nearby jaw can also shift, affecting the bite and placing stress on other teeth and jaw joints. These teeth can also be susceptible to decay because they are harder to clean. Additionally, the jaw bone can shrink, causing sunken cheeks and distorted lips. A bridge replaces that missing tooth or teeth and keeps these things from happening, and allows you to smile with a nice set of teeth.
Pros and Cons of Bridgework
Now that you know the different types of bridges and how it works. Let us get to know this treatment better by evaluating its pros and cons:
Bridges are more affordable than implants
Dental bridges are not as invasive as dental implants and it does not require precision installation compared to dental implants. The cost is another concern when getting into implants and bridges are cheaper than dental implants.
Bone grafting is not needed
If you’ve lost a tooth or more for quite some time, the jawbone that once held the tooth in place may have already resorbed. Bone grafting is a surgical procedure and can be used to strengthen the jawbone by placing bone fragments (artificial or animal bone) on it. Dental implants will need bone grafting, but in dental bridges, it is not needed.
Better than Overdentures
Dentists normally recommend bridges over dentures especially if the patient has many healthy teeth left. The healthy teeth anchor it to the bridges, unlike dentures which need to be anchored to the gums using a temporary sealant which is not always that secure.
Quicker to put in and heal from than other options
Bridges are easier to install compared to dental implants as it does not need bone grafting. Even if there are few implants to be placed to anchor the bridge, it is still faster than getting additional implants.
Pontic teeth issues
The damage to the abutment teeth can affect the bridge. When the abutment teeth aren’t that strong enough to support the bridge, the bridge can collapse. The abutment teeth might also get weak from this procedure and will have to be replaced with dental implants.
When the crowns no longer fit, the bacteria may get inside the tooth and may cause tooth decay. The crowns may affect the structure of the teeth and could affect your bite.
Dental bridge cost
Traditional bridges are made of two crowns, and artificial teeth located at the center that will replace the missing tooth. The crowns and artificial teeth can be made of gold, alloy, porcelain, and/or a combination of materials and are made in the laboratory in one piece.
The teeth on both sides of the tooth are shaped by the dentist so that they can place crowns on them.
The dentist then cements the bridges into the patient’s mouth.
Recovery and Aftercare
With proper care and maintenance, you can make the crowns last for 15 years or longer. Here are some ways you can take care of your dental bridge:
Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes. Make sure that you do not forget to brush your bridge.
Floss in between the bridge and gums to remove any oral bacteria that may have accumulated which can cause diseases. Your dentist or dental hygienist may be able to show you the correct way to floss your teeth.
Use antiseptic mouthwash to get rid of germs around the tissues in and around the dental bridge.
Visit your dentist regularly for checkups.
How much do Teeth Bridge Cost?
Cost for a dental bridge at Harbor Smiles is estimated to range from $1,500 to $5,000; depending on the type of bridge you select. A Traditional teeth bridge typically costs between $2,000 - $5,000 for a pontic and a crown for each abutment tooth. Maryland teeth bridges vary between $1,500 and $2,500 for one pontic.
This can be affordable as dental insurance does help pay for tooth bridges. Price increases for an all-porcelain bridge than for a metal or porcelain-fused bridge.
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How long does a bridge last?
Dental bridges can last from 5 to 15 years and have an average lifespan of 10 years. How long the dental bridges will last depends on your oral hygiene practices and maintenance of the bridges. DDS will make sure that your dental bridges will last for years.
Is a tooth bridge permanent?
Fixed bridges will be permanently attached to the adjacent teeth and it cannot be removed. They are attached using a special dental cement to keep them in place. It can also be attached as an implant-supported prosthetic. The removable bridge can be used when there is a large gap or it doesn't have healthy teeth to support a fixed bridge. Harbor Smiles will make sure that your dentures are of it's highest quality. Meet Dr. Manali Patel DDS.
Does getting a bridge hurt?
No, in most cases it isn’t painful as a local anesthetic will be given before the anchor teeth are prepared and the bridge is placed over them.
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When choosing a dentist, it should be near where you live or work, especially when you want to save a lot of time and money. There may be a few treatments or follow-up appointments along with your routine visits later; thus, having a dental office nearby makes appointments more convenient. Additionally, look for a dentist with excellent reviews for dental bridges. Contact us.
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