As many of us know, when teeth are missing, it is difficult to communicate, speak, bite and even eat effectively. When a tooth is missing, you must go to the dentist to discuss options for replacing the tooth, dental bridge costs and various types of bridges.
Bridges are used in dentistry to replace missing teeth and provide bridges connecting adjacent teeth. The teeth on both sides of the missing tooth are called abutments, and the replacement teeth are called pontics or dentures.
Why are bridges important?
A dental bridge will help restore your smile and it assists to maintain the shape of your face. They can also help you chew food correctly, speak and close your jaw when biting, which helps prevent other teeth in your mouth from shifting or separating.
What type of bridge can I choose?
Types of dental bridges include:
Traditional Bridge – This is the most popular type of bridge in dentistry today, made of ceramic or porcelain fused with metal. They make crowns for the teeth on both sides of the missing tooth, or abutment, with a pontic, or denture, between them.
Maryland Bridge – The bridge is made of a metal frame in which dentures are attached to metal or porcelain wings, and the metal or porcelain wings are then attached to two pillars. This bridge serves as a convenient alternative to the traditional bridge.
Cantilever Bridge – These bridges are used when there aren’t two teeth present on either side of the missing teeth. Prepared abutments are then positioned side by side and then connected to the pontics at their ends.
How much is it and how long can it be used?
The average cost of a dental bridge depends on the number of units and the size of the country/region where you live. Remember to enquire whether your dental insurance policies will cover part of the cost. If properly maintained by professional inspection and cleaning, the dental bridge can be used for many years.
What Will Happen To The Teeth?
At the first appointment, the dentist will begin to remove the enamel framework from the abutment in preparation for the crown. Your dentist’s dental lab will then take your dental impression and the bridge, crown, and the pontic will be made. When making a permanent dental bridge, your dentist will make a temporary bridge.
At the next appointment, the temporary bridge will be demolished, and a new permanent bridge will be placed in the area and its suitability verified. It may take a couple of visits to the dentist to ensure that the permanent bridge is firmly placed in your mouth.
Maintain your dental bridge
A permanent dental bridge cares for you like your permanent teeth. Replacement brushes and/or dental floss must be used to properly clean the bridge between the teeth and the pontics. It is also recommended to brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
Cleaning the bridge will help reduce tooth decay and inflammation of the gum tissue. Consult your dental specialist for regular inspections and professional cleaning appointments.