A dental bridge is a factitious tooth, which is fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the space left by a missing tooth. Two crowns holding it in place are attached onto your teeth on each side of the factitious tooth. This is often called a fixed bridge. This method is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Fixed bridges cannot be removed of your mouth as you might do with removable partial dentures.
In space left by a missing tooth in your mouth to narrow down stress, such as your front teeth, a cantilever bridge may be used. Cantilever bridges are applicable when there are teeth on only one side of the open space. Bridges can dampen your risk of gum disease, help correct some bite issues and even improve your speech. Bridges bear your commitment to serious oral hygiene, but will last as long as ten years or more.
If you have a space from a missing tooth, a bridge will be custom made to fill in the space with a false tooth. The false tooth is attached by the bridge to the two other teeth cling the space – bridging them together.
Who is a candidate for having dental bridges?
If you have been losing teeth and have good oral hygiene practices, you should discuss this procedure with your dentist. If spaces are left unfilled, they may cause the abutting teeth to drift out of position. Additionally, spaces from missing teeth can cause your other teeth and your gums to become far more liable to tooth decay and gum disease.
How much do dental bridges cost?
The average cost of a single fixed bridge depends on many factors, from which region or country you’re in to how many and which type of bridges are needed. Dental bridge cost usually ranges from $500-900 per tooth. Dental insurance ordinarily pays for about half of the cost of the bridge. This is a cost per tooth in the bridge only. You have to pay extra the costs for any anchoring crowns on either side of the bridge.