If you have been told that you may benefit from a dental bridge, then you may be left wondering what exactly a dental bridge is. A dental bridge is dental solution that is used to replace missing teeth. Dental bridges vary in both type and cost and can offer many beneifts.
A dental bridge is used to bridge the gap over a missing tooth or teeth. Dental bridges are a form of false teeth called pontics. The pontics are held in place by abutment teeth, which are healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth. This is what creates the bridge. Pontics are normally made from porcelain in order to give the allusion of natural teeth.
The four main types of dental bridges are:
This type of dental bridge is most popular and works by a series of dental crowns that have been cemented onto each of the abutment teeth that hold a false tooth or teeth in place.
Similar to the traditional dental bridge, the cantilever bridge is used when there is only one abutment tooth available.
Instead of using dental crowns on abutment teeth, a Maryland bridges works by utilizing a metal or porcelain framework this bonded onto the back of the abutment teeth.
With implant-supported bridges, an implant is normally placed for every missing tooth and these implants hold the bridge in place. In the case of an implant for every missing tooth is not possible, then a pontic may require suspension between two implant-supported crowns.
The cost of a dental bridge depends on how many teeth are needed to fill the gap, complexity of placement, materials used, additional treatments, and where a person is receiving dental care. Traditional bridges run in the $2,000-$5,000 range, Maryland bridges can cost around $1,500-$2,500, and implant-supported bridges are a little pricier at $5,000-$15,000.
The big difference between dental bridges and bridge implants is how long they last. Dental implants are designed to be a permanent solution while bridges only last about 5 to 15 years.