Your smile is one of the most attractive features about you. And most definitely, it is  something that people are going to notice about you. Here at Perfect Smiles Dental, our dentist will cover or bridge the gaps in your smile with dental bridges when you have missing teeth. A dental bridge is a false tooth that is held in place on either side of the gap by the abutment teeth (called a pontic). While pontics can be crafted from a variety of materials such as gold, they are typically made of porcelain to aesthetically fit in with your natural teeth.

A bridge consists of two or three crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap. These two or more anchoring teeth are considered abutment teeth and a false tooth/teeth between them. Dental bridges or tooth bridges are supported by teeth or implants that are natural.

 

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What are the available dental bridge types?

We use the following types of dental bridges:

  • Traditional tooth bridges include making a crown for the tooth or implant on either side, using a pontic between them. The most common form of bridge is traditional bridges, made of either porcelain fused with metal or ceramics.
  • When there are adjacent teeth on just one side of the missing tooth or teeth, cantilever bridges are used. This is no longer very prevalent and is not recommended in the back of the mouth where it can put too much force on and damage other teeth.
  • Maryland bonded bridges are made of porcelain, porcelain fused with metal, or plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal or porcelain framework (also called a resin-bonded bridge or a Maryland bridge). Often, metal or porcelain wings are bonded to your existing teeth on just one side of the bridge.
  • Bridges with implant support use dental implants, as the name implies, in opposition to crowns or frames. For every missing tooth, one implant is typically surgically placed, and these implants hold the bridge in position. If an implant for every missing tooth is not possible, a pontic may hang the bridge between two implant-supported crowns.

Considered the strongest and most stable system, two surgeries are commonly required for an implant-supported bridge:

  • One in the jawbone to embed the implants
  • A second bridge placement operation

The procedure can take a number of months to be completely finished.

What are the benefits of using dental bridges?

Bridges are capable of:

  • Bringing back your smile
  • Restoring the opportunity to chew and talk correctly
  • Maintaining the face's form/shape
  • Allows you to bite properly
  • Preventing the remaining teeth from drifting away from their original place. 

What does it cost for a dental bridge?

The dental bridges cost varies depending on the sort of bridge you select:

  • Traditional or cantilever bridges usually cost $2,000-$5,000 for each abutment tooth for a pontic and a crown.
  • Maryland bridges usually cost $1,500-$2,500 for one pontic fixed to the abutment teeth with the structure, or wings.
  • For a bridge with two dental implants overlapping three or four teeth, an implant-supported bridge could cost $5,000 - $15,000.

How do you take care of the dental bridges that you have?

The best way to avoid dental bridge problems is to take preventative action:

Ensure that your bridge fits

Double-check to ensure that while you are still at the dentist's office, your new dental bridge is a perfect fit. Ill-fitting bridges can leave spaces in which food can be caught. Stuck food can lead to severe infection which altogether, is another complication. It can even cause bacteria to cause bad breath and gum disease or worst yet require a teeth replacement.

Avoid chewing on certain foods

Individuals with a dental bridge should avoid chewing certain foods. Your dental bridge can be dislodged by ice, raw vegetables, and sticky candy. They can even damage the bridge structure so badly that you've got to replace it.

Good oral hygiene practice

Good oral hygiene not only avoids the formation of bacteria. It also assists with the by-products of bacteria: plaque, tartar, and calculus.

Brush twice a day

No matter what, brush twice daily. Use a toothbrush designed to clean all the areas that are difficult to reach.

Floss regularly

Right after you get your dental bridge, be careful about flossing. It is easier to dislodge the bridge with floss throughout the healing period.

Use mouthwash antiseptic

For oral disease prevention, an antiseptic mouthwash can do a lot.

We will tell you what you need to do next after a periodic checkup and we will provide a dental chart and recommend things you can do at home to  ensure proper aftercare. 

The first thing to do for now is call us on (434) 799-0120 and schedule an appointment!