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Dental Bridge Procedure

A dental bridge is a prosthetic tooth used to fill the gap between one or more missing teeth. It connects to two abutment crowns placed on the teeth that sandwich the gap. A bridge can consist of one to four artificial teeth. Our 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?

A dentist recommends a dental bridge if your teeth are damaged or weakened by, for example, a root canal or several extractions. They can also 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 are better because they last longer and prevent your jawbone from losing mass and density. Your dentist can advise you if you’re a candidate for dental implant bridges. 

Types of Dental Bridges

There are three main types of dental bridges.

1. Traditional Bridge

With a traditional bridge, two crowns anchor a false tooth from either side of the missing tooth’s gap.

2. Maryland Bridge

Maryland bridges attach to the adjacent teeth directly without first covering the teeth with crowns. This bridge only replaces one or two teeth. They often replace a missing front tooth. 

3. Cantilever Bridge

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, crowns sit on two or three teeth in front of the gap. A Cantilever Bridge typically replaces a back tooth. 

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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.

 

Is a Dental Bridge Permanent?

While you can’t remove your dental bridge at home to brush or floss (though you should brush and floss the dental bridge in your mouth as much as possible), a dental bridge can be removed by your dentist or oral surgeon.  It will need replacing with wear and tear that comes with time, and your dentist will perform this service for you. 

How long can it last?

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.  If you practice good oral health, your dental bridge can last anywhere from five to ten years or more!

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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