You’ve undoubtedly crossed several bridges in your life and understand that a bridge is an excellent way to close a gap reaching from one side to the other. A dental bridge serves a very similar purpose within your mouth: it “bridges” the gap made by a missing tooth. Dental Bridges are an excellent option for replacing a missing tooth.
The Advantages of a Dental Bridge Are:
- To restore your smile:
A dental bridge looks natural and blends in flawlessly with surrounding teeth.
- To restore your bite:
By distributing the weight of your bite over multiple teeth, a bridge restores your ability to chew comfortably.
- To restore your ability to speak:
Losing a tooth can give difficulties while speaking. A dental bridge will repair the space in your mouth, helping you to speak with confidence.
- To prevent remaining teeth from shifting:
Because a bridge is a permanent placeholder, it prevents other teeth from moving. Shifting teeth increases the chance of a problematic bite, sore jaw, and likelihood of cavities by creating new areas on your teeth for plaque to cover.
A dental bridge can last you a long time if you properly care for your bridge and total oral hygiene. They can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years with the proper check-ups, brushing, and flossing. It is not unusual for the lifespan of a bridge to be ten years or more.
While some bridges can last decades, they occasionally can become loose or fall out altogether. The most important step you can take to ensure the longevity of your bridge is to practice good oral hygiene habits:
- Make it a goal to keep your gums and teeth healthy by brushing with toothpaste with fluoride in it twice daily and flossing daily.
- Make sure to see your dentist or hygienist regularly for dental checkups and professional cleanings.
- To prevent the destruction of your new bridge, avoid chewing, especially hard foods, ice, and other hard objects.
The cost of a bridge initially depends on the particular type of dental bridge your dentist recommends for you. However, most provided insurance plans cover a portion of the cost, and if you don’t have insurance, Coddington Dental provides easy-to-understand payment plans to keep your treatment manageable.
Dental Bridge versus Dental Implants
Which one is a better option?
Deciding between a dental bridge or a dental implant can be a tough decision. Here are a few general guidelines we follow that may help you decide. If the adjacent teeth around a missing space are already cracked or decayed and require crowns, a bridge is a more practical option. However, a dental implant is almost always the number one option. Also, an implant is the most conservative option for tooth replacement because teeth adjacent to the missing space are not affected by the placement of an implant. Choosing to place an implant rather than a bridge also gives the benefit of preserving bone. When teeth are removed, bone dissolves in the space the tooth once occupied, which can result in a sunken-in appearance from a lack of bone support for facial structures. Implants keep bone active and prevent resorption.
Dental Bridge versus Dental Implants
Basic Information to help you make an Informed Decision!
Used to bridge the gap created by missing teeth.
An excellent long-term solution to replace missing teeth.
|Longevity:||7 – 30 Years||Lifetime|
|Preservation of healthy adjacent teeth:||No||Yes|
|Transmission of force to:||Adjacent Teeth||Bone|
|Prevent bone loss & preserve the facial appearance:||Partially||Yes|
|A requirement for daily flossing:||Yes||Yes|
|Risk of developing cavities:||Yes||No|
|Accelerated loss of adjacent teeth:||Yes||No|
|The time needed to complete the procedure:||2 – 3 Weeks||3 – 6 Months|
Who Can Benefit from Bridges?
Patients who have a single missing tooth can benefit from this procedure, and if the adjacent teeth next to the missing tooth require extra support, it can also be beneficial. If you choose a bridge, some bone will still be lost in areas, and you may develop cavities.
Who Can Benefit from Implants?
Patients who have one missing tooth, especially a chewing tooth, can benefit from this procedure. Rarely, a patient may not be a good candidate for the successful placement of implants. )n occasion, additional surgery may be needed to ensure adequate bone support to the implants being placed.
What is the cost for an implant vs a three-unit bridge for the replacement of one single tooth?
The cost of a single implant is around $3500-$4000, and a 3 unit bridge is about $3300 without any dental insurance coverage. If your specific insurance policy does cover part of your treatment, the cost may be lower for those procedures.
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