What Is a Dental Bridge?

Composed of one or more artificial teeth supported by porcelain crowns, dental bridges are custom-designed for the best possible fit and a natural-looking appearance. Unlike removable tooth replacement options, dental bridges are fixed in place to provide stability and reliability. Many of our patients who are not good candidates for dental implants opt for dental bridges as a non-surgical alternative.

Types of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges can be used to replace one missing tooth or multiple adjacent missing teeth. Depending upon the unique needs of the patient, your dentist may recommend one type of dental bridge over another. There are several different types of dental bridges, including:

  • Fixed Bridge: Using two dental crowns affixed to the teeth on either side of the gap, a pontic (replacement tooth or teeth) can be suspended and supported in between. A fixed bridge is the most common type of bridge used to replace one or more missing teeth.
  • Cantilever Bridge: In some cases, patients may only have a natural tooth on one side of the space left behind by a missing tooth. A cantilever dental bridge uses a single dental crown bonded to the abutment tooth with a pontic that extends from this tooth to cover the gap.
  • Maryland Bridge: A Maryland dental bridge is typically used when a patient needs to replace the front teeth. In these cases, metal bands are bonded to the back of the teeth bracketing the gap to support the pontic. A thin layer of tooth-colored resin is then used to conceal the metal bands for a natural-looking appearance.

How Much Do Dental Bridges Cost?

The exact price of a dental bridge will vary from patient to patient. Factors that typically impact the cost of a dental bridge include the number of missing teeth, the type of bridge used for the restoration, laboratory costs, the experience of the dentist, the complexity of the procedure, and the geographic location of the practice. At the end of your initial consultation, your dentist can provide you with a quote for your custom dental bridge. Patients with dental insurance may have a portion of the cost covered, and a member of our staff can help you navigate your insurance benefits. True Dentistry also offers our patients a number of dental financing options, including Lending Club and CareCredit, that can help you find a method of payment that works with your budget.

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Contact True Dentistry

To find out if a dental bridge may be the best missing tooth solution for you, please contact True Dentistry today. A member of our staff will be happy to answer any questions you may have or schedule a consultation with one of our dentists.

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