What is A Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is used to span, or bridge a gap (missing teeth) between healthy teeth. As with crowns, teeth on either side of the empty space are reshaped.
A dental bridge is a false tooth or teeth, known as a pontic, which is fused between two porcelain crowns to fill in the area left by a missing tooth or teeth. The two crowns holding it in place are attached onto your teeth on each side of the false tooth. This is known as a fixed bridge. This procedure is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Fixed bridges cannot be taken out of your mouth as you might do with removable partial dentures.
In areas of your mouth that are under less stress, such as your front teeth, a cantilever bridge may be used. Cantilever bridges are used when there are teeth on only one side of the open space. Affordable dental bridges can reduce your risk of gum disease, help correct some bite issues and even improve your speech. Bridges require your commitment to serious oral hygiene, but will last as many as ten years or more.
How Is The Cost Of A Bridge Determined?
Bridges are charged as crowns. For example, if you need a 3 unit bridge (meaning, a 3 tooth bridge) you will be charged as if it was 3 crowns.
Do They look Natural? How Much Do They Cost?
Bridges are natural in appearance, and usually require only two visits to your dentist. If you maintain good oral hygiene, your fixed bridge should last as many as ten years or more.