Dental Bridge Procedure
A dental bridge is a prosthetic tooth used to fill the gap between one or more missing teeth. It will connect to two abutment crowns that are placed on the teeth that surround the gap. A bridge can consist of one or more artificial teeth. Your dentist will match the color of the bridge to your existing teeth to make it look as natural as possible.
Why Do I Need a Dental Bridge?
Your dentist may recommend a dental bridge if your teeth are damaged or weakened by, for example, a root canal or several extractions. They can also be used to replace missing teeth lost to decay or trauma. Dental bridges can help you avoid dentures.
Sometimes, your dentist will recommend an implant bridge. Implant bridges last longer and prevent your jaw bone from losing mass and density. Your dentist can advise you if you’re a candidate for implant dental bridges.
Types of Dental Bridges
There are three main types of dental bridges.
With a traditional bridge, there’s a false tooth in the middle anchored by two crowns which are placed over the teeth on either side of the gap.
Maryland bridges attach to the adjacent teeth directly without first covering the teeth with crowns. With this bridge, only one or two teeth can be replaced. They’re often used to replace a missing front tooth.
This type of bridge is attached to a crown on only one side of the gap, instead of both. To give the bridge more support, often times two or three teeth in front of the gap are crowned. A Cantilever Bridge is commonly used to replace a back tooth.
What to Expect After Treatment
It’s normal for your mouth to feel a little different after a dental bridge procedure. You may experience:
- tooth sensitivity
- bite changes
- tooth pain
- difficulty speaking around the bridge
Call your dentist if these temporary side effects persist beyond a few weeks.
Caring for Dental Bridges
You should care for dental bridges the way you care for your regular teeth. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss at least once per day, and use mouthwash.
Your dentist can give you more advice if required.
What is the Cost?
The cost of dental bridges varies, depending on the materials used and how much work is required. At Higginbotham Family Dental, we can give you an accurate quote following a dental exam. We also offer some flexible payment options to help you finance your treatment.
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