The dental bridge, as the name suggests, spans the teeth on whichever side of a tooth that is missing, and it might extend to several teeth. Porcelain is the preferred material, as it looks very similar to natural teeth, although bridges were once made using gold. The dental bridge has been around for many years.
Types Of Dental Bridge
The types of dental bridge are as follows:
- Traditional Bridge – If you are missing one or more teeth consecutively and the teeth on either side of the gap are in good condition, a traditional bridge is ideal. This is the most common type of dental bridge that uses solid teeth either side to create the bridge.
- Cantilever Bridge – The cantilever bridge uses only a single abatement tooth, with the bridge secured with special adhesive, and this type is used when there is only one suitable tooth for anchoring the bridge. Other than that, it is the same as a traditional bridge.
- Maryland Bridge – This type utilises the abatement teeth either side by drilling the teeth down to pegs, and the bridge is supported by two crowns, one either side. This type is used when the anchor teeth have sound roots but the uppers are not in good condition.
- Implant Supported Dental Bridge – This is when two implants are fitted, one either side of the bridge, which provides the support. This is the most expensive form of dental bridge, as it includes two dental implants.
If you have missing teeth, search online to find out the cost of cosmetic dentistry and make an appointment with a good dentist. The expert will examine you and then discuss the options with you and recommend a treatment. Regarding cost, most dentists are happy to itemise the bill so you can see where your money has gone and should dental implants be the best solution, you might be able to work out a finance deal if you are not in a position to afford such treatment.
Dental Bridge Costs
The cost would depend on several variables, which are:
- the number of teeth required in the bridge
- the materials used – composite resin or zirconia
- the complexity of the operation
The cost also depends on the type of bridge; the most expensive is the dental implant supported bridge, while a traditional bridge would normally be more expensive than a cantilever bridge, although that is not always the case. At today’s prices, this would range from $1500 to $15,000, from cheapest to most expensive and in some cases, your health insurance will cover the cost of a dental bridge.
Dental Implant Bridges
These are generally regarded as the best solution, even though it is the most expensive, as if done correctly, an implant bridge should last a lifetime, if looked after. Implants are made from titanium, a metal that bonds very well with human bone and tissue, and about 2 months after the implants are fitted, the bond is adequate to fit the bridge.
The best solution is to make an appointment with your dentist and he or she can carry out an examination and advise accordingly.
Also read: Oral Health Advices
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