A dental bridge is used to help close a gap between your teeth due to missing a tooth or several teeth. A false tooth, called a pontic, is used to achieve these results and uses the surrounding teeth on both sides of the gap to keep it in place. Bridges are often made of porcelain, as it is easier to blend the color of your natural teeth to make it aesthetically look like an actual tooth. However, other materials can also be used for bridges. If you are missing a tooth or several teeth, Stansell Dentistry Associates can help you with a bridge or other dental service.
Types of Dental Bridges
There are several methods of implementing a dental bridge into your mouth. A traditional dental bridge cements dental crowns into each missing tooth slot. The false tooth or set of teeth are held in place by these dental crowns. This method is recommended for those who have natural teeth on both sides of the missing gap.
Another method is called the Maryland dental bridge. This method uses the same technique as a traditional dental bridge, requiring two natural teeth, one on each side. It differs in that it uses a framework of either porcelain or metal that is bound to the back of your missing teeth, instead of using dental crowns.
The third option is called a cantilever dental bridge. This is like a traditional bridge, where dental crowns are used to hold the false tooth in place. However, you only need one natural tooth next to the dental bridge, instead of two, for it to be successful.
The last method is called an implant-supported dental bridge. Opposed to using crowns or a metal or porcelain framework, an implant-supported dental bridge uses dental implants that hold the bridge in position. Dental Implants vs Dental Bridges have been a great dental debate for years, they are both great options. Implants are the most stable and strongest system but requires two visits to the dentist to complete. The first surgery embeds the implant into the jawbone and the second is to place the actual bridge.
Why Would I Need a Dental Bridge?
While our dentists will help you decide if a dental bridge is the best solution for you, it helps address several problems you may be experiencing. Fixing a missing tooth can help to maintain the shape of your face and bone structure and prevent the remaining teeth from moving over time. It can also help restore your smile, which is especially useful if you have any front teeth missing. Missing teeth can also disrupt your ability to pronounce and can inhibit your speech. A dental bridge can help restore both your pronunciation and speech back to normal.
How Much Does it Cost?
The cost of a dental bridge varies according to several factors. This includes the number of teeth that need to be replaced, the complexity of the placement, additional oral health issues such as gum disease, and the materials being used, such as metal alloy, zirconia, and composite resin. The most expensive treatment is usually an implant-supported bridge given the complexity of the surgery. Insurance is also a factor in whether you will have to pay out of pocket, as well as how much you would have to pay.
If fixing the gap in your mouth from missing teeth is something you deem imperative, it is suggested to visit our dentists promptly for a dental exam and estimate. Give our office, Stansell Dentistry Associates, a call today at 984-477-0177 so we can help you bridge your gap and keep you smiling.