Dental Bridges


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When a person is missing some teeth here and there, not only does it affect his or her physical appearance but it also causes some problems with their bite and the spacing of the remaining teeth. In fact, missing teeth can also be the root of the development of speech impediments and joint disorders and the development of tooth decay and cavities.

In order to prevent these problems and replace any teeth, dental bridges are employed. Like any other restorative dental procedure, dental bridges come in different types such as those which are conventional fixed, resin-bonded and cantilever bridges.

For the conventional and cantilever bridges, there is a fair amount of work that needs to be done to the teeth in the vicinity of the affected area. Shaping is the common preparatory work done for the teeth after which crowns are affixed that also carries the replacement tooth. There is a smaller amount of preparation that needs to be done for resin-bonded bridges which are more commonly used for the replacement of the more visible front teeth.

The Process

Dental bridges take some time because the teeth and gums of the patient need to be assessed. If the dentist decides that the teeth and gums are healthy enough, then the dental bridge process can be started off with a dose of anesthesia. The surrounding teeth will then be prepped with the necessary procedures such as fillings and other work should there be any signs of damaged or decaying teeth.

Afterwards, a mould of the teeth will be made so that a technician in the lab can make a bridge that will fit snugly onto the teeth. Dental bridges that do not fit right can cause more harm than good because it may lead to even more tooth decay. Until the final product is finished, temporary bridges will be affixed to the teeth for the time being. The finished bridges will then be cemented onto the teeth after it is ensured that the bridge fits perfectly.

Expected Cost of Dental Bridges

Acquiring dental bridges can range from $1000 to $3000 per tooth. However, as with any other dental procedure, costs of dental bridges will change in relation to the following aspects:

  • Preparatory work done on the surrounding teeth.

  • The dentist’s location and length of practice.

  • Materials chosen for the making of the bridge.

  • The individual’s insurance policy.

In order to minimize the costs, individuals are encouraged to take good care of their dental bridges to avoid having to replace them. A well practiced oral hygiene regimen can ensure a long lasting set of dental bridges.

For a well made dental bridge, visit Dr. Maxine Moncrieffe at Cosmetic & Restorative Dentistry.