Your permanent teeth are meant to last a lifetime. However, there are several issues that can cause you to lose one or more of these teeth. When you lose a permanent tooth, you cannot grow another one. It can be replaced though. Victor Nitu DDS can replace missing teeth with a dental bridge.
Bridging the Gap
A bridge is essentially what the name suggests. It’s a restoration that bridges the gap between teeth after tooth loss, filling in the empty space. The bridge is designed to look similar to the teeth it is used to replace. In doing so, it restores the functions of those teeth. You can bite, chew, and speak naturally. By filling in the empty space, the bridge aids in preventing the surrounding teeth from drifting, keeping your bite in its natural, proper alignment. It also helps to improve facial aesthetics and can help to improve your smile.
What are My Options?
A bridge is a broad term that includes a few different types of these restorations. The most commonly used bridge is called a fixed bridge. The replacement teeth have crowns on each side of them, which anchor, or fix, the restoration into place on the surrounding teeth. A cantilever bridge is similar to a fixed bridge, except that it uses only one crown to fix the restoration into place. A Maryland bridge also called a resin-bonded bride, is one that uses metal wings, which are attached to the backs of the surrounding teeth, instead of crowns, to secure your new teeth.
In addition to these traditional types of bridges, you also have the option of what is known as an Implant supported bridge. This type of bridge uses dental implants to secure your replacement teeth. Rather than being supported by your surrounding teeth, your replacement teeth are supported by posts that are implanted into your jawbone.
How Much Does a Bridge Cost?
The cost of a bridge varies based on a few factors. The type of bridge you select is one of the main factors. A Maryland bonded bridge typically costs the least, while an implant supported bridge is the most expensive. Other factors that determine your total cost include the number of teeth that are being replaced, what the bridge is made from, where the missing teeth are located, and the difficulty of the placement. Dental insurance may provide you with some coverage for your bridge, so be sure to contact your provider for more details.
How Long Does a Bridge Last?
Most traditional bridges will last anywhere from 5 to 15 years. They will need to be changed as your jawbone changes to ensure that they always fit properly in your mouth. Issues like trauma and even normal wear can also play a part in the longevity of the bridge. An implant-supported bridge is considered to be a more permanent solution because of the posts in your jaw. The crowns may need to be replaced if they wear down or break, but the posts can remain in place. Your oral hygiene will also play an important role in the longevity of your bridge, including an Implant supported one.
If you have lost one or more teeth, we can help. Call Victor Nitu DDS at (480) 536-8228 today to discuss your options.