If your mouth is missing a tooth, it may cause more damage to your mouth than just a less attractive smile. If you do not get the problem resolved, you can experience all of the following dental problems:
- Shift in Tooth Alignment
- Periodontal Disease
- Tooth Decay
- Vulnerable Adjacent Teeth
- Speech Problems
- Temoromandibular Joint Disorder
What Are Dental Bridges?
Just like a dental implant, bridges are used to replace any missing teeth. The only difference is that bridges are supported by the abutment teeth, or the teeth that are on either side of the gap.
What Are the Beneﬁts of Bridges?
Not only do bridges hide the gap in your mouth, but they serve restorative purposes as well. You will find it much easier to chew, speak, and smile. According to a recent study ran by the American Dental Association, bridges were shown to increase the odds of a person being able to not lose their teeth that are adjacent to the cap due to the added protection. Often, when a person loses their teeth their jaw and face may change shape to match the missing tooth, but dental bridges also help with preventing this from happening.
What Types of Bridges Are There?
There are three main types of dental bridges: Traditional bridges, cantilever bridges, and maryland bridges. A traditional bridge will work by simply bridging the gap using crowns that are attached to the teeth on either side of the gap. When the teeth on either side are not available, cantilever bridges are used since they do not rely on supporting teeth. Finally, maryland bridges are held in place using a metal frame.
How Are Dental Bridges Placed?
Having a dental bridge placed in your mouth is completed with two visits to the dentist. During your first visit the dentist will determine if it is a viable option by taking x-rays of your mouth and examining the inside of your mouth. If you do happen to be an ideal candidate, your dentist will reshape and reconstruct the nearby area to make sure that the bridge will fit comfortably in the area. Afterwards, an impression of your teeth is taken so that a mold can be formed. Sometimes you will be given a temporary bridge to wear to keep your mouth from changing forms. When you head back in for another visit, the bridge will actually be put into your mouth.
How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?
If you maintain good hygiene, your dental bridge can last up to 15 years. To make your bridge last, use common dental practices such as flossing and brushing your teeth.
How Much Do Bridges Cost?
This is the biggest factor that keeps people from visiting their dentist. Dental bridges usually cost anywhere from $250 to $2,500, depending on your dentist and the work that is needed to be done.
Are Bridges Covered By My Dental Insurance?
If you have dental insurance, bridges will typically be covered in your policy. Talk to your insurance company about what they cover and how much you will have to pay out of your own pocket. TO find out more information, contact BestCare Dental today!