Bridges replace missing teeth by utilizing the two teeth either side as support. Because the bridge is permanently attached, it also strengthens the supporting teeth. The procedure can be done in two appointments and can sometimes be a cost-effective alternative to dental implants.
They are made of gold, porcelain fused to metal, ceramic, and sometimes composite resin. They are bonded to the supporting teeth (abutment), the replacement tooth is called the Pontic. They are fixed so the patient does not take them out.
What do dental bridges cost?
Bridge cost is calculated by how many units are involved, this includes the supporting teeth and the teeth they are replacing. Cost per unit is $1995.
What results are possible with bridges?
Bridges can replace missing teeth as long as there are natural teeth, or implants to support the replacement tooth.
What are the benefits of dental bridges?
Bridges can be placed in a very short period of time, as we do not need to wait for healing of bone or soft tissue, as with implants. They are much more comfortable than dentures, they are not removable.
What are the pros and cons of dental bridges?
Bridges are fixed so are far more comfortable then dentures, they can be constructed within five to 10 working days. Bridges can strengthen the weak or broken neighbouring teeth as the neighbouring teeth are usually covered (crowned) to hold the replacement tooth. We need to always consider if preparing neighbouring teeth is the best option if the neighbouring teeth have no restoration. If the neighbouring teeth are perfect we may look at alternatives such as implants or dentures.
What are the alternatives to bridges?
Dentures and dental implants are alternatives to bridges. In fact, with the advances with dental implants, we are placing fewer bridges now than the past. But there are situations where bridges are the treatment of choice.
What makes Cosmetic Dental unique for bridges?
For smile makeovers, we commonly crown every tooth in the month to give our patients the best smile, the preparation for bridges are identical to crowns. We know our patients invest a lot of time and money into their teeth, so it is our nature to make sure all aspects of the crown and bridge procedure has been done to the highest quality, plus we give a five-year warranty on material fracture.
Because we are cosmetic based we will not only give a well-fitting strong bridge, but one that will look natural, and in balance with the surrounding teeth.
What happens during a bridge procedure?
The first appointment we prepare the supporting teeth so a bridge can cover and attach to the supporting teeth. Impressions are taken and a temporary bridge is placed. At the next appointment, the temporary bridge is removed and the new permanent bridge is bonded.
How long do bridges last?
Bridges can last for many years if the supporting teeth are strong.
How can I look after my bridges?
It is important not to overload a dental bridge by not chewing very hard foods, or clenching or grinding. Besides normal brushing, extra cleaning is needed to clean under the pontic (missing tooth), and under the connectors using floss threads and interprovincial brushes.
Female patient did not like the metal showing in her bridges.
Solution: The metal bridges were replaced with new high strength ceramic tooth coloured bridges.
Male patient was unhappy with his smile for years due to missing teeth and gaps between his teeth.
Solution: Orthodontic treatment to close spaces between the two front teeth and open spaces to allow room to place 2 anterior bridges to replace missing teeth.
This 62 year old lost 6 upper front teeth and did not like wearing a denture to replace these missing teeth.
Solution: Four implants were placed and a six-unit (tooth) implant-retained bridge was fitted. The bridge does not come out and our client can now bite into apples.
View the before and after results of two more bridge treatments.