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What you Need to Know Before Considering a Dental Bridge

Posted on 6/5/2023 by Dr McMurray
What you Need to Know Before Considering a Dental BridgeA dental bridge is one of the possible solutions to replace a lost tooth. A dental bridge is a false tooth, called a pontic, attached to adjacent natural teeth using dental crowns. The bridge is made of porcelain or metal. These two adjacent teeth on which the dental crowns are attached are called abutments. They offer a foundation for false teeth. Before considering a dental bridge, there are some considerations you will have to make, like the type of dental bridge to get, the cost, installation price, and how many appointments it will take.

Types of Dental Bridges

There are four types of dental bridges: traditional, cantilever, Maryland, and implant-supported dental bridges. In a traditional dental bridge, a false tooth fills the gap, held in place by two crowns attached to the abutments. A cantilever dental bridge is the same as a traditional dental bridge, only that the false tooth is attached to one abutment. A Maryland dental bridge is one in which a framework is attached to the back of the abutment teeth. An implant-supported dental bridge is one in which dental crowns are attached to implants that are screwed into the jawbone.

Cost of the Dental bridge

A dental bridge is one of the most affordable options. It is also covered by insurance.

Installation Process

Your dentist will assess your dental framework to decide if a dental bridge is the best option. He will then prepare the teeth adjacent to the gap by shaving off some of the enamel to make room for the crowns of the dental bridge. What follows is an impression of your teeth and then the construction of a dental bridge. The dentist will then cement it in place.

Number of Appointments

A dental bridge procedure takes two dental appointments. The first appointment is usually so the dentist can take impressions of your teeth. The second appointment is for the fitting and adjustment of the dental bridge.
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