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What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is an excellent way to close gaps between teeth, rebuild your smile, and improve your oral health. When a tooth is removed, it leaves an empty space in your mouth that shouldn’t be ignored. Learn about what it means when your dentist recommends a dental bridge, the reasons it’s beneficial to your health, and why it’s an affordable long-term solution that won’t break the bank. Dental bridges are viable tooth replacement options for full-smile makeovers, cosmetic dentistry, and alternatives for implants and dentures.
Bridges are typically used to restore small areas of missing teeth. One or two missing teeth can easily be restored with a bridge if the adjacent teeth are strong. They are almost as durable and long-lasting as an implant, but without the hefty price tag. In addition, bridges are much more functional than a removable partial denture or flipper tooth.
Frequently Asked Questions
Preparing Your Teeth: The dentist gently shapes your teeth to create support for the new tooth (pontic) in the bridge.
Creating a Temporary Bridge: While the custom bridge is being made in the laboratory, a temporary bridge is placed to protect your teeth and fill the gap left by the missing tooth.
Custom-Fit Bridge: We use digital impressions of your teeth to craft a precise, custom-fit bridge in our laboratory.
Permanent Placement: After a few weeks, the final custom bridge is ready. It’s then permanently cemented in place. Our goal is to ensure the bridge blends seamlessly with your natural teeth for a beautiful, natural smile.
In most cases, dental bridges require two appointments with the dentist. The first appointment can take up to two hours. During this time the dentist will remove decay and prepare the tooth for the custom crowns that are placed on the teeth on either side of the missing tooth. A digital impression is taken and sent to dental technicians to fabricate the custom made bridge. After about two weeks, after our laboratory has completed the custom bridge, the installation of the final bridge takes roughly 30 minutes.
Yes, a bridge is a great option for single tooth replacement. It is comparable to a dental implant in comfort and durablilty that can last a lifetime.
A dental bridge cost can range from $2,000 to $4,000. Since a bridge spans one or more teeth, each tooth it replaces can add additional cost. Compared to a dental implant, a bridge is more affordable and provides good cosmetic look and feel.