Dental Bridges Replace Missing Teeth

May 13, 2015 |

Dental Treatments

Dental and oral health is taken by most people casually. People tend to ignore that dental health plays a huge role in the quality overall health. However, the good news is that major strides have taken place in dental science over the years – making a number of treatment options available to people even after the damage is done.

What are dental bridges and how can they help?

Before getting into the procedure of how a dentist or cosmetic dentist bridges the teeth, it is helpful to understand what exactly is a bridge. A bridge is primarily a prosthetic tooth that relies on the strength of the neighboring teeth to help stabilize it. The bridges also play a huge role in preventing the open teeth from moving into the open space, thereby causing large gaps to occur in between the teeth.

The process of having a bridge put into your jawline is a procedure that might span up to about 2 or 3 dental appointments. During the first appointment, the dentist will need to prepare the neighboring teeth by cutting them down a bit to accommodate the bridge and then shaping them. The bridge will then need to be made according the shape of your mouth. For this purpose, an impression of your teeth will be taken before the mold is sent to a laboratory where technicians will make the bridge to fit perfectly in the gap.

Once the technicians have delivered the bridge, the dentist will call you and make sure that the bridge fits perfectly in your mouth. To provide support to the bridge, crowns are cemented onto the neighboring teeth.

Cost of dental bridges

Dentists and cosmetic dentists charge varying rates when it comes to dental bridges. The cost also tends to vary wildly depending on the area in which the dentist practices. A single tooth bridge can cost anywhere between $700 to $1,000.

The cost will also depend on the type and quality of the bridge. A porcelain tooth fused to a gold crown is considered to be of the best quality, but will obviously cost a great deal more than its lower quality counterparts.

It also helps to look into your insurance before having the procedure done as some insurance plans will pay for a percentage of the overall damage, while some others may cover the entire cost. Some insurance plans may not even pay a cent calling it a cosmetic surgery. It is very important that you work out your finances before committing to the procedure.

There are three main types of dental bridges – a Traditional Bridge, Cantilever Bridges and Maryland Bonded Bridges.

If you live in or around Aurora, Parker, Centennial, Denver, Elizabeth and Franktown, CO, you can avail the services of Dr. Chris Baer (Aurora dentist). Dr. Baer points out that you must ask your dentist or cosmetic dentist about the cleaning process of your bridges as this will ensure that they last longer.