A missing tooth (or multiple teeth) can not only make you self-conscious, but it can also lead to other issues in your mouth, such as pain, speech issues, jaw problems, nutritional deficiencies, tooth decay, and other health issues. If you’re missing one or more teeth, be sure to book an appointment with one of the bestLas Vegas dentists to learn how to fix your smile.
There are multiple ways to address the issue of missing teeth. To learn more about dental bridges, keep reading.
Dental bridges are a cosmetic procedure used to fill in the gap(s) when someone is missing one or more of their teeth, according to the American Dental Association (ADA). The gap is filled with a false tooth (called the pontic tooth) and anchored in by the surrounding teeth (called the abutments or supporting teeth). This route of replacing missing teeth is a non-invasive approach that will take a minimum of two appointments. The false teeth for bridges are typically made from porcelain, alloys, some types of ceramics, or a combination of these ingredients.
Types of dental bridges
There are multiple dental bridge types to meet the needs of every patient. Discuss with your dentist which dental bridge type may be the best option for you. The most common dental bridge types include:
The most common method is when two dental bridge crowns are used to anchor in a false tooth. The three teeth are then cemented together to bridge the gap and hold the false tooth in place.
Also referred to as the “Maryland bridge,” this procedure is done by bonding the false tooth to the backs of the existing teeth with metal or porcelain to bridge the gap. This route is most often used when the missing tooth (or teeth) are located in the front of the mouth.
When only one tooth is used as a supporting tooth for installing a false tooth, this is called a Cantilever bridge. The supporting tooth acts as a sort of “lever” holding the false tooth in place.
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Why do I need a dental bridge?
Getting a dental bridge will not only give you more confidence in your smile, but it will also help keep your mouth healthier. According to the Cleveland Clinic, dental bridges have the following benefits:
Help you chew properly
Alleviate certain speech issues
Assist in keeping your teeth from migrating out of place
Keep your bite healthy
Who are the best candidates for dental bridges?
Anyone with a missing tooth (or missing teeth) who also has an otherwise healthy mouth is a good candidate for a dental bridge, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. However, diligent oral hygiene practices also affect eligibility and longevity.
What is the dental bridge process?
The process for dental bridges requires at least two appointments. The Cleveland Clinic explains the following steps in the dental bridge process:Step 1: A digital scan will be takenStep 2: Impressions will be taken of the teeth so your dentist can create an artificial tooth (or teeth)Step 3: The anchoring teeth are preparedStep 4: A temporary bridge will be placed until your artificial one is createdStep 5: The temporary bridge will be removed, and the final bridge will be put into place
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It can take your gums up to six months to fully recover after getting a tooth (or multiple teeth) extracted. However, healing times depend on many factors, and you do not want to risk your teeth migrating or living in discomfort any longer than you have to.
Therefore, it is best to have your mouth evaluated by your dentist to see how long you should wait before getting your dental bridge.
How much does a dental bridge cost without insurance?
Dental bridges’ costs can vary depending on how much work may need to be done to the anchoring teeth to make them strong enough to support the bridge work. According to GoodRX, without insurance, a dental bridge can cost between $2,000 and $5,000.
For affordable dental bridges,Absolute Dental provides special offers and payment plans, and we can help you find available discounts to make dental bridges costs without insurance more affordable.
How many teeth can be replaced with a bridge?
The number of teeth that can be replaced with a dental bridge is going to depend on how many healthy teeth remain in your mouth. Generally speaking, this number is usually somewhere between two and four.
Are dental bridges permanent?
Yes. Dental bridges are permanent and can last up to ten years with regular dental cleanings and establishing healthy oral hygiene practices. If you’re uncomfortable with the permanency that comes with getting dental bridges, you can ask your dentist about a removable dental bridge (more commonly referred to as “partial dentures”). This tends to be a safer option if there are more than two teeth missing in a row, as it allows for thorough cleaning and doesn’t put as much strain on existing teeth.
Which is better, a bridge or an implant?
The “dental bridge vs. implant” debate is largely going to depend on your health, long-term goals for your smile, and your financial situation. For example, dental implants last longer, but they require dental surgery, which can get costly. Bridges do not require surgery and tend to be the less expensive option (at least short-term).
Dental implants can last over 25 years, making them cheaper and less hassle in the long run. Overall, it’s best to discuss your options with your dentist so that you know what route is best for you and the health of your mouth.
Are you ready to get dental bridges in Reno?
While dental bridges may be less common today, they are still an effective and viable option for fixing a smile that is missing teeth. Whether your missing teeth are caused by genetics or poor oral health, don’t settle for a smile you don’t love. The professional staff at Absolute Dental is here to answer all your oral care questions.
When it comes to getting bridges, your confidence in your smile will be restored in no time at all. Schedule your consultation with our dentists at any of our Reno locations! Our dentists can evaluate you and plan your course of treatment immediately.