A dental bridge does exactly what its name says, it bridges the gap between one or more teeth, and is actually secured to the teeth on either side of the prosthetic. Generally, a bridge is constructed of two crowns or more, and these teeth, which serve as anchors for this type of prosthetic, are known as abutment teeth. The teeth that are attached to the actual bridge are called pontics, and they are generally made of porcelain, although they can be made of alloys, gold, or a combination of two or more of these materials. Dental bridges are fantastic options for people who are missing one or more teeth if they want to avoid having oral surgery.
If you are someone that has one or more missing teeth, and the teeth that are on either side of your gap are healthy, you would make a fantastic candidate for a bridge, as those teeth will have to be strong enough to be prepared to receive the bridge. As a part of the preparation, the anchoring teeth have to be modified through resizing so that they can be fitted with crowns. The crowns are prosthetics that are shaped like teeth, and they encapsulate the anchoring teeth completely. This process is done to provide a secure and proper bonding surface for the bridge. Dental bridges are best suited for people who have fairly healthy gums and teeth.
What Do Dental Bridges Cost?
When it comes to the cost of dental bridges, the price range can vary, and depends upon several factors like for instance, the type of insurance plan that you have, and the percentage of the procedure that your plan allows. The extent to which your anchoring teeth have to be prepared is another consideration. In addition the material or materials that are used in the construction of the bridge, the technique used by the dentist and lab technician, and the geographical location of where the procedure is actually being performed, are all elements that are factored into the pricing of dental bridges. Typically the price range can vary per tooth and case.
How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?
Good oral hygiene plays a key role in so far as ensuring that your bridge will be with you for the long haul. Typically a bridge can last anywhere between 10 to 15 years, and in some cases that time has even been extended to 20 years. It can not be stated enough however, that the overall health of your gums, existing teeth, and your oral hygiene habits will play a major role in ensuring the longevity of your bridge, as brushing at least twice daily, and the proper removal of bacteria through regular and proper flossing techniques are essential.
Even though dental bridges are not as invasive as other methods of tooth replacement or restoration, you still need to make sure that you seek the services of skilled and dedicated professionals. Dr. Yakubov provides optimal care and service to his patients, as special consideration is dedicated to each person, as every patient is treated respectively with a customized plan tailored to their oral needs, verses just another dental case. If you are ready to repair your smile, get your self confidence back, and enjoy all of the foods that you love, but have had to refrain from, you should call and make an appointment today.