There are several options when it comes to replacing missing teeth. One of which is dental bridges. Your dentist may recommend dental bridges when there is a gap in between other healthy teeth. It typically comprises two or more crowns on each side to anchor the false tooth in between.
Types of dental bridges
There are four types of dental bridges. The type of dental bridge recommended by your dentist will depend on the placement of the tooth. Whether you have just one or more missing teeth is another factor. Your dental health is also essential to determine which bridge can best fill in the gap.
- Traditional dental bridges
This bridge has one false tooth, or pontic, with dental crowns on each side to hold it in place. Traditional bridges make use of porcelain fused to metal, ceramic, or all metal. This type of dental bridge involves filing down the two teeth surrounding the fake tooth so the crowns fit correctly. Traditional dental bridges replace your back teeth, like premolars and molars.
- Cantilever bridges
Cantilever bridges make use of porcelain fused to metal. For this bridge, you need one natural tooth to support the missing tooth next to it. A crown is put in place over the damaged tooth on either side. Cantilever bridges are only for replacing front teeth.
- Maryland bridges
These are also known as resin-bonded bridges. Similar to traditional dental bridges, resin-bonded bridges have two natural teeth on each side to support the fake tooth. The difference is that traditional bridges use dental crowns. On the other hand, Maryland bridges use a metal or porcelain frame bonded on the backs of the supporting teeth.
- Implant-supported bridges
Unlike the previous types of dental bridges, this one uses a dental implant for support. A dental implant replaces a missing tooth. Your dentist may recommend this type of dental bridge if you have at least three missing back teeth.
Dental bridges benefits
Any procedure or treatment you have done to improve your dental health can only make life easier. Here are some ways dental bridges can benefit you and your life:
- Enhancing your smile and confidence
- Being able to chew evenly and properly
- Speaking and pronouncing better
- Preventing movement of other teeth
- Maintaining your face shape
Taking care of your dental bridges
When you first get your dental bridges, it may take time to adjust to the feeling of having them in your mouth. For the first few days or until you get used to them, you may want to eat only soft, small pieces of food. Don’t bite down too hard on your food, and most significantly, don’t chew on ice with your dental bridges
You should strive to maintain or improve your dental health routine. It’s essential to keep the rest of your teeth healthy. You can ask your dentist for recommendations on products and care.
Having a regular dental cleaning schedule is also needed. Keeping a schedule with your dentist can help with early diagnosis, should any problems arise.
Dental bridges, depending on care, may need replacing every 5 to 15 years. With proper dental hygiene, you can extend the life of your dental bridges.
Cost of dental bridges
The cost of dental bridges differs on the type you will be needing. Here are some of the things that factor into the price of getting dental bridges:
- Size of bridge or number of bridges needed
- Whether you also need a dental implant
- Materials used
- Condition of your teeth
- X-rays and lab fees
One advantage of dental bridges versus dental implants is the cost. Compared to dental implants, dental bridges are more affordable. On average, dental bridges can start at $1,500 and go upwards from there.
If you’re considering dental bridges to restore some of your teeth, don’t hesitate to contact our clinic. Our North York dentists will gladly discuss your dental bridge options. Message us today for a check-up and an estimate on dental bridges.