What Are Dental Bridges?
A dental bridge is a prosthetic replacement of a missing or extracted tooth or teeth that are anchored by the surrounding teeth on each side. These porcelain prosthetic teeth are fused together by a number of porcelain crowns on either side, creating what dentists call a “bridge”. Dental bridges help to maintain the structure in the mouth in order to keep the remaining teeth and bone under the gum from shifting. This is an alternative option to having dental implants and still keep your teeth and jaw functioning correctly.
Cosmetic Dentistry Grants and Dental Bridges
CDG can help qualified individuals achieve the smile of their dreams through dental bridge treatment and a partial grant. Finding the right tooth replacement is the solution to a confident smile! Let us help you restore the function and feel of your teeth with one of the most popular dental procedures. Learn more about the program here.
Dental Bridge Eligibility: Who Can Get Them
Most adults can be considered for dental bridges. Your dentist may suggest this treatment if you qualify and have a missing tooth/teeth or one that is critically decayed or broken and needs extraction. Determining whether you need a dental bridge is up to the dentist’s discretion, but if you feel this may be a suitable option for you, it is best to speak to a dental professional.
When You Should Get Dental Bridges
The American Dental Association says that the average adult has three or more decayed or missing teeth, so you are not alone! You should look to get a dental bridge when you are missing one or more teeth in your mouth. Dental bridges are a great way to restore the look and function of your mouth and smile to a more natural, healthy look. Common reasons people consider getting dental bridges include: restoring a smile, restoring full mouth functions, restoring speech and pronunciation, fixing a bite which will allow you to chew properly, and maintaining the appearance of your facial structure.
Where to Get Dental Bridges
Cosmetic Dentistry Grants (CDG) will help you find a cosmetic dentist in your area that participates in the CDG program, allowing you to get financial assistance toward your Dental Bridges procedure.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
There are numerous benefits to getting dental bridges that can impact your overall quality of life. These include:
- Help maintain the shape of your face
- Corrects the normal bite force which is compromised by the missing teeth
- Restores natural speaking ability
- Prevents other teeth from drifting out of position
Not to mention, the time it takes to get used to your new dental bridge is usually easy and comfortable!
How Much Are Dental Bridges?
The price for each bridge will vary from each dental office. A fixed bridge can typically cost someone anywhere from $1,500 and up in the United States. Keep in mind, the cost can also depend on the materials used in the bridge and how complex the bridge may be to place. Many dental insurance agencies offer to cover the cost of a dental bridge. CDG will be happy to speak to you about a plan to cover a partial payment of your dental bridges.
How the Cosmetic Dentistry Grants Can Help You Get Dental Bridges
A Cosmetic Dentistry Grant (CDG) is available for those looking to receive a dental bridge procedure. CDG covers a partial cost of dental bridges. Learn more about the CDG and if you’re eligible to get a CDG grant for dental bridges. Apply now!
Types of Dental Bridges
There are two main types of dental bridges: fixed bridges and cantilever bridges.
A fixed bridge involves two or more porcelain crowns that replace missing teeth and anchor prosthetic teeth together. A Dental bridge helps preserve the structure of a natural smile, so you can do all the things you love, worry-free!
A cantilever bridge supports the prosthetic tooth from only one side of the missing tooth or teeth. This is not considered as stable but in some circumstances is the only alternative.
Risks of Getting Dental Bridges
There typically aren’t many risks to worry about after getting dental bridges. You must make sure to keep your bridges clean especially underneath the pontic of the bridge. With traditional bridges, the natural surrounding teeth have to be reduced somewhat to prepare them for dental crowns, which can weaken them. If these surrounding teeth become too weak, the restoration can collapse. In addition to this, traditional bridges eventually need to be replaced.
Dental Bridges: FAQ
We are asked many questions about the dental bridges procedures, so we’ve answered some of the most common questions below:
Are Dental Bridges Permanent?
Dental bridges are permanent to where they cannot be taken out of your mouth without a dentist. This allows for a more natural feeling inside of the mouth without having to worry about anything coming out of place. A dental bridge may need to be replaced every 5-15 years depending on how well they are taken care of.
Is a Bridge Cheaper than an Implant?
A dental bridge is typically less expensive than an implant when you look at the initial cost. You will want to take a look at what your dental insurance covers. It is common for a dental plan to cover a bridge but not an implant.
How Many Teeth Can Be in a Bridge?
Dental bridges usually replace anywhere between two to six or possibly more teeth as long as the surrounding natural teeth are healthy enough to support the bridge.
What Material Are Dental Bridges Made Out Of?
Dental bridges can be a combination of metal and ceramic, all porcelain, or all metal. All-metal dental bridges being the most affordable, but do not look natural as the porcelain bridges do.
What is the Strongest Dental Bridge Material?
The most up-to-date and advanced material for dental bridges is zirconia, which is stronger and more durable than porcelain. Zirconia dental bridges are able to handle more biting pressure, back teeth grinding, and are more resistant to chips or stains than porcelain.
Do Dental Bridges Feel Natural?
The dental bridge should feel nearly as real and comfortable to you as your natural teeth did. Many of our patients report that their bridges feel even better than the natural teeth did before bridge placement, especially if these teeth had large fillings or restorations in them.
How Do You Clean Under a Dental Bridge?
Gently move the spongy floss between the gum and the base of the bridge, use a soft back-and-forth motion to remove plaque under the prosthetic tooth. Then wrap the spongy floss around the other side of the bridge, slide up and down to clean the adjacent tooth surface.
Can You Whiten a Dental Bridge?
When it comes to removing stains from bridges, you would be wise to skip over-the-counter whitening options. Because of the nature of bridges, these products are essentially ineffective. They are made for regular teeth; not porcelain. Your dentist can clean and brighten your natural teeth at a dental appointment.
Does Food Get Stuck Under a Dental Bridge?
Food particles can get stuck under the bridge pontic, which replaces the missing tooth, so special bridge cleaning methods are needed, such as super-floss to clean underneath these bridge areas, to prevent bad breath and/or infection resulting from not cleaning the bridge properly.
Can You Eat Normally with a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges function similar to natural teeth, so no food or beverage is completely off-limits after dental bridge treatment. Still, to prolong the lifespan of the dental bridge, patients should be careful about what they eat and drink. Best to avoid hard candy and whole nuts.