Missing teeth? No problem! Dentists can recommend many missing teeth replacement procedures for you to choose from. From dentures, crowns, and dental implants, every dental procedure can be chosen based on your preference and budget. Let us now take a look at dental bridge procedures with the help of a Gosford family dentist at DDII, so we can better determine if this missing teeth replacement procedure is the right fit for you.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a missing tooth replacement option that uses two neighboring teeth to create a ‘bridge’ for a lost tooth. It is a device made up of 2 abutment teeth (crowns that anchor on either side of the gap made by the missing tooth) and the false tooth that replaces the lost tooth. The crown in the middle of the bridge is called a pontic and can be med with silver, gold, or porcelain.
What benefits can you get from dental bridges?
All missing teeth replacement options, including dental bridges, are used to restore your smile and your teeth’s natural ability to chew food normally. When you lose a tooth, your bite can be affected and changed, so replacing it and removing the gap is important to retain the correct bite, pressure of the teeth while you eat, and your whole teeth positioning. Having a dental bridge is also a noninvasive way to replace teeth without undergoing surgery.
Kinds of dental bridges
Dental bridges procedures differ based on the type of bridge you would want to use.
Traditional bridges are the ones we already know has 2 abutment teeth and a false tooth or pontic in the middle. This is the most common kind of bridge that you normally see, and they can be made with porcelain or ceramic.
Cantilever bridges are for restoring and filling in a gap with only one neighboring tooth. This may have been a good idea before, but now it is very rarely used since the efficiency of this kind of bridge is being questioned, especially if it is to be used for your molars.
Maryland bonded bridge or resin-bonded bridge is a type that uses a metal framework to hold the abutment teeth and pontic together. It creates a wing-like structure that gets bonded to the two neighboring teeth to seal the gap from the missing teeth.
How much do dental bridges cost?
Dental procedures are not cheap, that we can state as a fact, even the procedure that they say is the cheapest can cost you some serious bucks. So dental bridges are no exception. Traditional or cantilever bridges can be expected to reach a price tag of somewhere between $2000 to $5000 just to replace one missing tooth. Maryland bridges may be cheaper since it only uses one crown for the pontic and the abutments are made with a metal framework. However, it can still cost you around $1500 to $2500. But, if you want to have your dental bridge to be as permanent as it can be, you may want to inquire with your dentist about implant-supported bridge which may cost you more (around $5000 to $15000) but is said to be the most stable and strongest type of dental bridge.