Dental Bridge Cost: Types, Procedure, Cost & FAQ (Pictures Included)

Dental Bridge – What Are They?

The name says it all; Dental bridge are literally a bridge for your teeth. They are what’s bridging the gap left by a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth.

The teeth on each side of the gap are the anchors for the bridge…Usually a fake teeth is attached to the bridge and is filling the space where the empty tooth cavity is. 

How many teeth are missing will determine what kind of bridge will be needed.

 

Dental Bridges Types.

 Here are the types of dental bridges your dentist might consider;

 

Traditional Dental Bridge

 

These are the most often used by dentists. They usually have a few fake teeth (called pontics) and the bridge is secured with dental crowns (abutments). The dental crowns are cemented on the surrounding teeth.

 They can be used anywhere in the mouth. The only thing you need is a natural teeth on either side of the missing tooth.

The dentist will remove the enamel from the natural teeth before placing the crowns on top. Those teeth will have these crowns forever because the enamel doesn’t grow back.

 

Maryland Dental Bridge

 

This one involves either a metal or porcelain frame with a tooth in the front, usually with one or even two wings that attach the adjacent natural teeth.

The main benefits associated with the Maryland Bridge are; it is very strong and it is a low risk option. It attaches to your natural teeth and it made of composite resin, which is really strong.

They look super realistic and they are a permanent option in most cases.

Your dentist might need to cut your surrounding teeth during the fitting in order to make the pontics fit properly because it might be difficult to perfectly match the fake tooth with the space left by the missing tooth.

However, in recent years the Maryland bridges are less popular. There are some concerns about them getting lose due to the chewing forces.

 

Cantilever Dental Bridge

 

Cantilever bridges are mostly used when you have only one natural tooth that can be used as an abutment.

They are like the traditional bridges but they only have one supporting tooth rather than a tooth on both sides of the oral cavity.

 

Implant-Supported Bridges

 

You might need this one if you have multiple teeth missing , whether in a row or throughout your mouth. It can also work if you have teeth missing that are not next to each other.

 These bridges are secured by dental implants. You usually get one implant for each one of the missing tooth and the bridge will attach to those implants.

In some cases it won’t be possible and the dentist will need to secure the whole replacement with just two implant-supported crowns. 

 

Dental Bridge – What’s The Procedure Like?

After you and your dentist decide on a dental bridge, you will then schedule your first visit for the procedure.

During the first visit your dentist will prepare the abutment teeth, which means removing the enamel on the adjacent teeth to allow room for the crowns to be placed over them.

The next step is to make an impression of your teeth to make the bridge, the fake tooth and the crowns.

If the bridge is made by a dental lab you will have to wait a few days before you get your replacement. The dentist will then make a temporary removable dental bridge for you.

 During the second visit the dentist will remove the temporary bridge and put in the new one, the permanent one.

 The dentist will make sure it fits properly and the dentist might give you another appointment to make sure it still fits in the future.

 

The Cost Of A Dental Bridge.

What is the cost? Could your insurance pay for it? Can medicaid pay?

The average cost for dental bridge is between $500 and $1200, depending on several factors. The cost will depends of:

-The dentist’s experience, location etc.

-The materials chosen.

-If the bridge is made in a dental lab or at the dentist’s office.

-The type of bridge.

 

FAQ.

How Long Does A Dental Bridge Last?

 

The amount of time the bridge will last will depend on the type of bridge you are getting, how your body react and the quality of the procedure  but generally speaking it could last between 5 to 15 years.

 

Is Getting A Dental Bridge Painful?

 

Most dentist use anesthesia during the procedure so you won’t feel any pain but you will surely feel pain in the weeks after. You might experience tooth and jaw pain. 

 

How Can I Get Dental Bridge Repaired?

 

Simple; you need to go see a dentist.

 

How Long Does It Take To Get A Dental Bridge?

 

You can usually get your dental bridge in just a few days.

 

How Is It Made?

 

It depends if it is an in-house one or one made in a laboratory.

 

Potential Problems.

The amount of time the bridge will last will depend on the type of bridge you are getting, how your body react and the quality of the procedure  but generally speaking it could last between 5 to 15 years.

 

If the bridge is causing you pain

 

There are multiple reasons for this. Call your dentist and set an appointment. You can buy denture pain cream in order to soothe the discomfort.

 

If Your Dental Bridge Is Loose

 

Here are the symptoms of a dental bridge that is loose;

-If the bridge moves when you touch it

-For some reason your teeth and your gums are sensitive

If you have a loose bridge you should take an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. In the meantime here are a few solutions;

-Buy good quality cement at your local pharmacy. We did an in depth article comparing the best ones CLICK HERE.

-Clean the inside of the bridge.

    My Dental Bridge Fell Out

     

    Again, get an appointment with a dentist but in the meantime here are a few things you could do:

    -Remove all the debris around your tooth/teeth/crown

    -Then put the crown over the intended tooth 

    -Close your teeth together in order to make sure the crown is properly on.

    -Remove it then fill part of it with denture adhesive.

    -Simply put the crown back on the tooth

    -One more time close your teeth together 

    -Wipe all the extra adhe 

    Dental Bridge Cost: Types, Procedure, Cost & FAQ (Pictures Included)
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