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Dental bridges, dental implants, and partial dentures are used to replace a missing tooth that would otherwise adversely affect your mouth. A missing tooth can cause many negative impacts, including; the shifting of other teeth to accommodate for the open space, a change in the bite that may affect your ability to eat, a speech impediment, and a higher risk of a periodontal disease and tooth decay.

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Types of Bridges

There are three types of bridges: fixed bridge, cantilever bridge, and resin bonded bridge. A fixed bridge is a pontic, or porcelain ceramic tooth replica, that is bonded to two adjacent porcelain-crowned teeth without the ability to remove it. Cantilever bridges are used for areas that do not have two adjoining teeth available to bond to. A resin bonded bridge is often used for the front teeth, providing that the adjoining teeth have not had any extensive dental fillings or unhealthy gums.

If you exercise proper dental hygiene, your bridges can last for up to 15 years.

The Procedure

First, your dentist will evaluate the health and condition of your teeth and gums to determine if you are a right fit for a dental bridge. Then he or she will prepare your teeth for the procedure. You will be given a local anaesthetic, and then your dentist will prepare the two teeth that will adjoin the replica tooth, by shaving and be fitting them for dental crowns. If the two adjoining teeth have fillings, a portion of the filling may not be reduced, in order to provide greater strength in the tooth infrastructure.

How dental bridge works

Your dentist will then place an impression appliance into your mouth and fill the appliance with a putty-like material to make a mould of every tooth crevice. The impression will be sent to a dental laboratory so that they can develop a bridge of the most accurate size, shape, and anatomical features for your mouth.

You will then be fitted with a temporary bridge or flipper (false tooth appliance) so that your gums and teeth are prevented from damage until the permanent bridge is made. Flippers are held in place with wire or a plastic material.

To complete the dental bridge treatment, a second visit to the dental office will be required to be fitted for the permanent bridge. The permanent bridge will be bonded to your teeth.

The Cost of Dental Bridges

The price for dental bridges vary and are impacted by a few factors, these include the possible requirement of an additional procedure such as a filling in one or two of the adjoining teeth, the expertise and experience of your dentist, the locality of the clinic, the type of dental insurance you have, and the bridge material choice for a fixed bridge, cantilever bridge, or resin bonded bridge.

Dental bridges can vary in cost, ranging from $500 to $900 per tooth and are expected to last between 10 and 15 years. The cost range does not include fees associated with adjoining the two crowned teeth to the false one. Depending on the type of dental insurance you have, insurance companies may offer a 15% reimbursement or up to a 50% absorption of the total procedure costs. For more information please visit dental bridge Napier.