Dental bridges are fixed prosthetic devices that may be used in case of one or more missing teeth. A hole in the teeth, beyond the unpleasant aestethic impact, can have severe consequences for the ability to properly chew or speak and it has to be closed up to restore the force of the bite and avoid the remaining teeth from rotate or shift in the empty spaces. When one or more teeth are missing there are different choices to replace them, such as implants or bridges.
Bridges are usually made of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap and a false tooth or teeth in between; dental bridges fill up the gap created by the missing tooth or teeth and can only be removed by a dentist, since crowns and bridges are cemented on the existing teeth or implants.
There are three main types of dental bridges: traditional bridges, made up of crowns and bridge; cantilever bridges, held in the mouth by one or more crowns on only one side of the space where a tooth is missing; Maryland bonded bridges, that consist of a metal framework with “wings” on each side. The wings are bonded to the back of your existing teeth and the false teeth are bonded to the framework.
Dental bridges are usually made of porcelain fused to metal or ceramics, Maryland bridges are made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or plastic teeth and gums and a metal or porcelain framework. Other materials include gold and metal alloys, and acrylic.
Dental bridge cost.
As regard to dental bridges prices, it depends on the kind of device chosen, on materials and the area of the country in which the procedure is done. Usually bonded bridges are less expensive than traditionals because crown are not required and surrounding teeth need less preparation.
Dental bridge. Future controls.
Dental bridges are supposed to last on average five to seven years or more, but it is necessary to follow a proper daily oral hygiene to let them last longer; among reasons bridges fail there are new cavities that may develop on the supporting teeth or dental diseases that can affect teeth surrounding or bone. Dentists recommend to brush twice a day and flossing every day and to have regular check-ups to dentist or hygienist.