What is a dental bridge and how long does it last?
Do you have missing teeth that you want our dentist to close or “bridge” the gaps in your smile with a dental bridge? This can affect you in a number of ways and a dental bridge can help you correct that. But first you need to know what is a dental bridge.
A dental bridge is a false tooth called a “pontic” that is held in place by the adjacent teeth on either side of the gap.
There are four main types of dental bridges:
Because dental bridges use the support of natural teeth in the oral cavity, they are generally very strong. Dental bridges can last a lifetime, but they typically do not last forever. The main reason for a shortened lifespan is poor oral hygiene. If you follow the instructions provided by our dentists at Mountain Springs Dental office in North Ogden, UT on the correct oral hygiene and health, your bridge, however, can last for a lifetime!
What is the procedure for placing a dental bridge?
The procedure for a dental bridge involves multiple visits to our dental office. During your first visit our dentists will be reshaping your teeth on either side of the empty socket, in order for them to be able to hold the fabricated artificial crown. These crowns need to be fit securely. Our dentist will then take an impression that is sent to our laboratory to fashion a custom bridge that fits your mouth meanwhile you will receive a temporary bridge while the permanent one is being designed and created. Your bridge should be received from the dental laboratory in a week or two. Your “delivery” visit to our Dental Office in North Ogden, UT will replace the temporary and deliver and cement the final dental bridge. A great fit and strong dental cement or bonding agent makes the bridge a new part of you and your bite and smile.
What are the benefits of a dental bridge?
A dental bridge can do the following:
- Restore your smile!
- Restore the ability to properly chew and speak.
- Maintain the shape of your face.
- Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth.
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
How much does a dental bridge cost?
There are many variables that affect the price, including the number of teeth needed to fill the gap, materials used such as composite resin, zirconia or metal alloy covered in resin. Complexity and difficulty of the placement and the type of bridge you select also play a big role when it comes to cost. In order to get a better understanding on how much a dental bridge costs you should consult our dentists at Mountain Springs Dental office in North Ogden, UT.