Dental Bridge

A dental bridge fills the gap between missing teeth. The adjacent teeth support the bridge/artificial teeth (pontics) located in-between the natural teeth. Dental bridges require at least two office visits. At the first one, the dentist prepares the adjacent supporting teeth by removing a portion of the enamel to make room for the crown. Impressions of the teeth are taken to create a crown and pontic. The bridge is made of all-metal, porcelain fused to metal or all-ceramic depending on if the bridge is placed in the front or back. A temporary bridge is placed until the next appointment when the dentist places the permanent bridge.

Good candidates for a dental bridge include a patient missing from one to three consecutive teeth as well as people with surrounding teeth that are healthy enough to support a bridge. In addition, patients with jaw pain from the missing teeth and anyone who doesn’t want removable dentures are ideal candidates.

A dental bridge cost depends on the type of material used to create the bridge, the complexity of the treatment and also the number of pontics needed to achieve the desired results. In general, the cost can range from $500 to $1200 per tooth and/or pontic. However, replacing missing teeth is also a functional issue so insurance may cover a portion of the cost.

Once the bridge is placed, there will be some discomfort in the gum area where the bridge is cemented to the tooth. This will subside within a few days. The abutment teeth may feel sensitive for the first few weeks. The results can be noticed when the dentist cements the crown to the abutment teeth as the patient will enjoy an improved bite balance and less speech difficulties. When properly cared for, dental bridges can last for 10 or 15 years.

Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges

submitted on   Tue Jan, 26, 2016 by Kevin Brown, DDS     
A dental bridge uses a fixed prosthetic device to address missing teeth. The device is called a dental bridge because it bridges a gap between one or more missing teeth. The process uses the adjacent teeth to support the bridge/artificial teeth located in-between the natural teeth. The...