If you have missing teeth, a dental bridge can be used to fill or bridge the gaps in your smile.
- A dental bridge is a false tooth which is held in place by crowns or abutments on either side of the gap.
- These false teeth are called pontics and are made of porcelain, gold, or alloys.
- Dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants.
Low-cost dental bridges are available in Mexico, Thailand, El Salvador, and Costa Rica, where one can save 60-70% of the prices charged in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.
Advantages of Dental Bridges
Missing teeth can affect you in a number of ways. Here is how dental bridges help:
- Restore your smile.
- Restore your ability to chew properly.
- Restore the ability to speak properly.
- Maintain the shape of your face.
- Prevent the remaining teeth from moving out of position.
Types of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges can be classified in two ways. According to the first classification, there are two types: fixed and removable dental bridges.
A removable dental bridge is recommended when there are not enough teeth in the mouth for the installation of a fixed dental bridge. Removable bridges are also cheaper than fixed bridges.
A fixed dental bridge stays in the mouth permanently. You can brush and floss just like you did before.
Further, these fixed or removable bridges can be of four types:
Traditional Dental Bridges
- The most popular kind of dental bridge. It consists of a false tooth/pontic being held in place by dental crowns/abutments. These would be cemented onto your adjacent teeth.
- They are usually made of either porcelain-fused-to metal (PFM) or ceramics.
- Traditional bridges can be used when you have natural teeth on both sides of the gap created by your missing tooth.
- The downside of these bridges is that your adjacent teeth need to be trimmed down a lot to make room for the crowns.
Cantilever Dental Bridges
- Used to replace only a single missing tooth.
- These are similar to traditional bridges but the pontic is supported by a crown on only one side.
- The pontic is attached to one tooth and then hangs over.
- So, if there is only one natural tooth next to the gap, a bridge can still be secured.
- These are not recommended in the back of the mouth as they cannot bear the full force of a patient’s bite.
Maryland Dental Bridges
- Also called resin-bonded bridges.
- Typically, used to replace front teeth.
- A pontic is held in place by a metal or porcelain framework. This framework is bonded onto the backs of the two teeth adjacent to the missing tooth.
- Much less preparation and trimming of adjacent teeth is needed for this type of dental bridge.
- The strength of the bridge is limited by the strength of the resin that holds it in place, so it is not recommended for the back of the mouth.
- The framework may also impact your bite.
Implant-supported Dental Bridges
- Considered the strongest and most stable type of dental bridge.
- Recommended when a patient has more than one tooth missing.
- Dental implants as used to support bridges instead of crowns or frameworks.
- Typically, one implant is surgically placed for every missing tooth. If one implant for each missing tooth isn’t possible, the bridge may have a pontic suspended between two implant-supported crowns.
Procedure to Get a Dental Bridge
- For the dental treatment, the surrounding teeth are prepared. They are recontoured by removing a portion of the enamel. This allows room for a crown to be placed over them.
- Next, impressions of the teeth are made, which serve as a model from which the bridge, pontic, and crowns will be made by a dental lab.
- Your dentist will fit you with a temporary bridge to wear in the meantime.
- Your temporary bridge will be removed and the new bridge will be checked and adjusted to achieve a proper fit.
- Multiple visits may be required to check the fit of the framework and bite. This varies depending on each patient’s case.
- If it is a fixed bridge, your dentist may temporarily cement it in place for a couple of weeks to ensure the fit is proper. After a couple weeks, the bridge is cemented into place.
Dental Bridge Vs Dental Implant
To replace missing teeth, you can either get a dental bridge or you can opt for dental implants. Which treatment is right for you? Let’s take a look.
Dental Bridges Cost
The cost of your bridges vary on the which material is used, how many false teeth are attached and in which country you are getting the procedure done.
|New Zealand||$2,738||$8,215 onwards|
A traditional 3-unit bridge which costs around $2,000 in U.S. and $2,738 in New Zealand, starts at only $300 in Mexico and Costa Rica.
Contact us for low-cost dental bridges abroad by filling the quote-form on the website.
Dental Bridges FAQs
1. Will I have trouble eating with a dental bridge?
Adjusting to your bridge might take a few days. Until you become accustomed to the bridge, eat soft foods and take small bites.
2. Will the dental bridge impact my speech?
Adjusting to speaking with your bridge may take some time. Over time, your speech should improve.
3. What are the disadvantages of dental bridges?
In order to prepare teeth for a bridge, the structure of the adjacent teeth must be trimmed.
In the case of healthy teeth, the idea of cutting them down to prepare for a bridge is not ideal.
In such cases, dental implants are an excellent alternative.
4. How many teeth can a dental bridge replace?
A dental bridge can be used to fill gaps between a few to several missing teeth.
Long-span traditional bridges are not preferred for patients with several missing teeth.
It is recommended that they opt for the implant-supported bridges.
5. How do I care for a dental bridge?
For bridges that last for a long time, brush your teeth twice a day. Floss daily to help prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Keep a balanced and nutritious diet.
Visit your dentist every 6 months for a checkup.