Everything You Need to Know About Dental Bridges
Have you been told you need a dental bridge? The experts here at Downtown Whitby Dentistry have you covered with all the information you need about dental bridges.
Dental bridges are also called fixed bridges or fixed dental prosthesis. A dental bridge replaces missing teeth, extending across the gap where the teeth are missing. Bridges can be made to cover gaps of 1-4 teeth. A bridge to cover a gap where a single tooth was located is usually done by building an artificial tooth and fusing it between two dental crowns. Dental bridges are permanent – they cannot be removed.
Depending on your specific needs, your knowledgeable Whitby dentist will recommend one of four types of bridges.
Traditional bridges are used when the gap they are covering is small, and the teeth on each side of the gap are natural, meaning they are not covered by crowns.
Implant bridges are recommended when the teeth surrounding the gap are not healthy enough to support a bridge, or when many teeth are missing. Many dentists in Whitby will recommend an implant to prevent having to file down the healthy teeth to prepare for the bridge. In this case, most dentists in Whitby will create a custom-made bridge and anchor it to dental implants on either side of the gap.
Maryland bridges, or resin-bonded bridges, are made by fusing together artificial teeth and attaching them to a metal band that is cemented to the inside of your natural teeth. These bridges are used when the teeth that are missing are in the front of the mouth.
Cantilever bridges involve attaching an artificial tooth over one of the natural teeth adjacent to the gap. The team at Downtown Whitby Dentistry may recommend a cantilever bridge if there are healthy teeth on one side of the gap, but not the other.
It’s important to maintain good oral hygiene practises to care for your bridge. Continue to brush twice a day, floss daily and rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash. Ask your dentist in Whitby how to use a floss threader, and floss under and around the artificial tooth that sits in the middle of your bridge.
The cost of a bridge depends on the type of bridge you’re getting, and how many artificial teeth are needed. A three-unit bridge can cost around $3,000, but most insurance companies will cover a portion of this. Make sure you check with your insurance company to see how much you can get covered.
To learn more about your oral health and options, give us a call today. Downtown Whitby Dentistry would love to look after your smile.