A dental bridge is a dental restoration / prosthesis, fixed in its place, which replaces a missing tooth or teeth by permanently affixing an artificial tooth / teeth to the adjacent teeth or to dental implants. In other words, it literally bridges the gap between the two healthy teeth. Tooth bridges come under the dental specialization known as orthodontics, so an orthodontic specialist is the person to visit in order to get the gap due to a broken tooth fixed.
Types of bridges:
There are several types of dental bridges depending on their method of fabrication and how they will attach to the adjacent teeth – traditional bridges, Maryland bonded bridges and Cantilever bridges are the three main classifications. The usual method of fabrication is known as the indirect method in which the bridge is created outside the mouth. However, they can also be formed inside (i.e. direct method) the patient’s mouth using materials such as composite resin.
Method of creation:
The adjacent teeth are usually reduced in size prior to the installation of the bridge. A specific pattern of preparation, which depends on the teeth’s location and the material being used, is followed to ensure that the dental bridge fits just like the original teeth it will replace. The materials used for making bridges include gold, metal fused porcelain and sometimes porcelain alone.
Reasons to get a tooth bridge:
Dental bridges are sought out for the following reasons:
- They can make you confident enough to smile and laugh in public because you no longer feel conscious about your missing tooth/teeth.
- They give you back the ability of proper speech.
- They allow you to eat in a normal manner by restoring your ability to chew and properly distributing the forces involved in your biting action that may have become unbalanced due to the lost tooth/teeth.
- They are sometimes required for keeping the face in its correct shape after several teeth have been lost.
- They are also required to prevent the adjacent teeth from moving out of their correct positions due to the lack of supporting force because of the gap left by the missing tooth/teeth.
Cost of getting a bridge:
A number of factors affect the cost of dental bridge:
- The requirement for extra procedures such as root canals or fillings in the adjacent teeth.
- The craftsmanship of the dentist as well as the lab technician.
- The location of the orthodontics practice.
- How much of the fee is covered by the patient’s dental insurance.
- The material utilized in making the bridge.
- The teeth preparation required by the dental bridge procedure.
Based on these factors, the cost of getting a tooth bridge can be higher if you’ll do this dental procedure in the US, the UK, Canada or Western Europeans countries. If your insurance policy doesn’t cover this treatment, you can even enlist third party financing services such as Capital One or CareCredit to come up with a financial plan to match your budget or you can opt for medical tourism in another country.
Dental bridge cost may be considerable, but if you practice adequate dental hygiene complimented by regular visits to the dentist, you won’t have to go to an orthodontics practice to get your tooth bridge replaced for many years.
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