Bridges are great for connecting two opposing sides - including teeth! When replacing missing teeth, you have multiple dental services available - but today we will be walking you through how bridges can give people a restored smile! At Chichetti & Patel Dental Wellness we want everyone to have a mouth they can feel confident about.
What Dental Bridges Are Used For
When it comes to replacing one or a few teeth, bridges are a great choice for efficiently regaining your smile back. Dental bridges, as implied, fill in the gap between support points - these supports are referred to as abutment teeth and they are what allow the bridges to firmly stay in place.
In order to create abutment points to fit bridges, the enamel on these teeth needs to be stripped away to allow the crown to be attached. This isn’t the only way to create an abutment point, however, there are implant-supported bridges that use titanium dental implants that are placed in the jawbone to create an abutment support point.
The main advantage of bridges is their cost efficiency for replacing multiple teeth. Instead of having 4 implants to replace each individual tooth, you only have two abutment points on each side. And for cantilever bridges, only one abutment is needed.
If you are not too fond of the idea of non-recoverable enamel stripped away or having teeth extracted for implant-supported bridges, there are Maryland bridges to consider. These bond to the back of two teeth on each side with pontic teeth to fill in the gap.
Bridges can have different amounts of pontic teeth (the prosthetic teeth between the two crowns), types, and materials - so the cost is going to vary greatly depending on all of these factors. Maryland bridges are one of the most affordable with average pricing of $1600 for one pontic. Traditional bridges can be $3500 and implant-supported bridges are the most costly with a pricing range of anywhere between $5,500 - $15,000.
Are Dental bridges Sturdy?
Because the pontic teeth are either attached to the crowns and/or other pontic teeth, you might be wondering about the stability/durability. Bridges are quite durable and can last up to 15 years with proper installation and care. Material such as porcelain is very strong and can hold up to years of chewing. The bridges themselves are a solid single piece so there is no worry about the pontic teeth breaking off.
Bridges vs Implants
Both bridges and implants serve a similar purpose - both of them replace teeth that are missing, but what are the real differences? As mentioned earlier, bridges are generally less expensive. Another advantage they have is that they are much quicker to receive if you are choosing traditional bridges. It can take months for a patient to have their implants installed from the time the decision is made while bridges only take 2-3 weeks to install.
Implants are more expensive, but the cost becomes closer when you only need one tooth replaced - and it could make more sense depending on the tooth you are replacing. We will discuss the best option for you during the decision-making process at Chichetti & Patel Dental Wellness. If you would like to make an appointment with us, you can call our office at 704-629-8081.