What are Dental Bridges?
Also known as partials, Dental Bridges are used to repair gaps in the patient’s teeth. Dental Bridges can be created within the patient’s mouth or sent out to a lab to be fabricated from porcelain or metal. If created within the patient’s mouth, bridges are generally made of composite resins and fused to metal backings that fit in to fill the gaps in the patient’s teeth. In certain cases, the dentist may opt to have the bridge made of porcelain or another form of metal. In these cases, a detailed mold is taken of the patient’s mouth and the bridge is fabricated based on the model. While the bridge is being created, the patient is fitted with a temporary bridge. As with any dental procedure, your bridge experience will begin with a thorough oral examination and consultation with your dentist.
What are the costs of getting a Dental Bridge?
The cost of getting fitted with a dental bridge rely on a few factors including location and the dentist performing the procedure. In general, a patient can expect to pay up to $500 for a dental bridge. With bridges made up of multiple wings, a patient can expect to pay up to $1200, with a three bridge unit costing up to $1600.
What are the benefits of getting a Dental Bridge?
First and foremost a bridge will protect your smile. Dental bridges do this in a number of ways. First, as mentioned above, bridges are made from molds of the patient’s mouth allowing retention of the natural shape. A bridge can also be benefit in that it will protect surrounding teeth from shifting, thus reducing the risk of trouble eating and costly future dental procedures. Protecting your smile will help boost your self confidence and ensure that your friends, family and colleagues perceive you in the best possible light.
What are the risks of getting a Dental Bridge?
There are four primary risks associated with getting and maintaining a dental bridge. These include tooth decay, gum disease, bridge loosening and cracking. Tooth decay can occur for neighboring “anchoring” teeth because, in the process of being fitted with a bridge, the anchoring teeth have to be filed down a few millimeters, damaging the enamel. Gum disease can occur as bridges may sometimes be difficult to clean. The resulting plaque build up could lead to gingivitis. Bridge loosening can occur when the bridge is not fitted properly. In severe cases of loosening, the bridge may actually come out. Finally, bridges made of porcelain may crack in some cases and need to be replaced.