Missing teeth, whether one or several, can have an affect on overall dental health and cause changes in both appearance and the balance of the bite. Missing teeth can lead to shrinkage of the jaw bone and allow remaining teeth to shift, changing the bite and often causing a more aged appearance.
Our dentists can replace missing teeth with a dental bridge and restore function and aesthetics to your smile. Dental bridges can be either fixed or removable. We will help you select the best restoration for long term comfort, health and aesthetics.
About Dental Bridges
A dental bridge is used to replace one or several missing teeth. The bridgework is supported by an anchor on either side of the gap to hold the false tooth in place.
A bridge can be supported by natural teeth or dental implants. When the natural teeth are used to support the bridgework, a dental crown is typically placed to provide additional support and stability.
Dental Bridge FAQs
How much does a dental bridge cost?
The cost of a dental bridge will depend on the number and location of the missing teeth as well as the type of bridge and materials chosen. Our dental office works with nearly all dental insurance providers and will file necessary billing and paperwork on your behalf.
Can you repair broken bridgework?
Although dental bridges are built to last a long time, problems can still arise. If you have a dental bridge that has chipped, broken, or come loose, you should contact the dentist right away. Depending on the extent of damage, we may be able to cement the bridge or replace it all together.
How do I take care of my dental bridge?
A dental bridge should be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth. The dentist will show you a special technique to floss under and around the artificial tooth or teeth. It is also important to visit the dentist at least twice a year for routine examinations.
Dental Bridge vs. Dental Implants
For nearly a century, dental bridgework has been the standard treatment for the replacement of one or more teeth. Traditionally, a dental bridge is a three-unit restoration that requires filing down and placing dental crowns on two teeth – one on either side of the gap created by the missing tooth (or teeth).
While a dental bridge usually costs less than a dental implant, there are a number of disadvantages:
- Requires filing down otherwise healthy teeth to create a support for the bridge
- Future tooth decay is common in neighboring teeth
- Root canal treatment may be necessary
- Less longevity with a dental bridge when compared to dental implants
In many cases, a dental implant may be the most cost-effective, long-term tooth replacement option. Dental implants help to promote the health of neighboring teeth, as well as better bone and gum health. In general, dental implants also last longer and require less maintenance.