While most people consider a missing tooth a cosmetic concern, the gap left behind can lead to much more serious oral health problems. Our experienced dentists use restoration techniques such as dental bridges to restore the form and function of the smile while also protecting the mouth from future dental concerns. Dental bridges can be a very effective tooth replacement option for patients with one or more missing teeth in a single area along the gums.
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.