If you have one or more missing teeth then this can have a serious affect on your smile and on your dental health.
Problems with missing teeth can arise due to the following:
Like dental implants, dental bridges can be used to replace missing teeth or a missing tooth. These bridges are supported by the teeth on either side. The teeth on either side are known as abutment teeth.
Placing a dental bridge in a patients mouth is a restorative process. The dental bridge will improve your ability to chew and speak and allow you to smile confidently. Recent studies published in the ADA have shown that dental bridges can reduce the risk of losing teeth adjacent to a missing tooth. These dental bridges can keep your jaw and face from changing shape, which is what normally happens when a person has a missing tooth.
Cantilever bridges - used to replace a tooth that does not have supporting teeth on both sides of the affected area.
Bonded bridges - Held by a metal frame these include artificial teeth and gums.
Traditional bridges - the most common. These bridge the gap of an empty tooth space. This is done by by securing a false tooth using crowns on the teeth on either side.
The method of installing a bridge usually takes two visits. The dentist will determine if you are a good candidate for a dental bridge. If you are a good candidate for a dental bridge then your teeth need to be prepared by reshaping or reconstructing and badly decayed or damaged areas. The dentist will then take an impression of your teeth by sending of to the lab an impression which is cast into a mold. In the meantime the dentist will give you a temporary bridge to wear. On your next appointment this mold will be fitted by the dentist to your teeth. He will then make any necessary corrections or adjustments on the same visit.
They can last from 8 to 15 years, or even longer if you maintain proper oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily.
The cost can vary and really depends on the type of bridge.
It can be anything from $250 per tooth to $2500 per tooth.
They are usually partially covered by insurers. Ask your dentist before the procedure for an estimate as to how much will have to be paid out of pocket.
To find out more about dental bridges or to schedule an appointment, call Advanced Gentle Dentistry of Park Slope today.