Anyone missing a tooth or more than one, or who is facing the prospect of losing teeth, will need to explore their teeth-restoration options. There are more options out there today than ever before, and they are far more reliable now than at any time in the past.
The most obvious benefit of a bridge is the aesthetic one. The artificial teeth, called “pontics,” look just like natural teeth and seamlessly blend into your smile. Missing teeth can also cause other problems, such as poor oral health, higher risk of gum disease, “drifting” or shifting teeth, speech impediments, facial distortions and difficulty chewing. Bridges will address all of those issues.
If you are missing one, two, or more teeth, and the empty spaces left by these teeth are adjacent or in fairly close proximity, a dental bridge is typically the best solution. If, however, too many teeth are missing, dentures may be a better option. Dentures can be partial or full, removable or fixed, and can make up for a whole mouthful of missing teeth. Bridges are simply meant to “bridge the gaps.”
First, there are traditional bridges, which use crowns to anchor the bridge. The pontics are attached to the crowns, which are securely fastened to the tops of adjacent teeth. The anchoring teeth are called “abutment teeth,” and they must be shaped to receive the crowns.
Next, there are cantilever bridges. These attach to only one nearby tooth instead of two. This system is less common nowadays and many dentists will not recommend it. It should not be used, at least, far in the back of the mouth since this puts too much pressure on teeth in that area.
A third type of bridge is the bonded bridge. This system simply attaches false teeth to natural teeth by fusing metal or ceramic “wings” to them. Only metals safe to be in your mouth are used, and a professional dentist will fuse the bond securely.
Finally, you could opt for an implant bridge. This method places an artificial tooth under the gums and/or into the jaw bone. A titanium post is sometimes used to anchor the new tooth, which mimics the shape and function of the lost tooth.
The exact price will vary among dental practices and is based on several factors, including:
Dental bridges can help improve your dental health and maintain a healthy smile. To learn more about the cost and benefits of bridges, you can learn more and discuss those options with us at Dental Brothers.