A dental bridge is a fixed dental prosthesis that can replace one or more teeth. A bridge fills in the gaps to help you smile with confidence and chew food with ease. Depending on your individual situation, your bridge may be supported by natural teeth, dental implants, or both. As a fixed restoration, your bridge will not be removable the way a denture is. We can help you find out if a bridge is right for you!
The Benefits of Getting a Dental Bridge
One or more gaps in your smile can make you feel self-conscious and look older than you really are. And it’s not just your appearance that is affected when you lose teeth—empty spaces can garble your speech and leave room for the rest of your teeth to shift out of alignment. Getting a dental bridge is a smart way to close up the gap and prevent such problems.
Here are the benefits you could experience when you replace lost teeth with a bridge:
Bridges feel very much like your natural teeth. Your dentist will custom-design your bridge to fit perfectly with the rest of the teeth in your bite. When you speak, chew, and smile, you won’t have to worry that your bridge will slip out of place or chafe your gums because it will be securely attached to your mouth.
Closing that gap with a dental bridge can boost your confidence in your appearance. You’ll no longer feel the need to hide your smile behind your hand or behind closed lips. You’d be amazed at the difference that a bridge can make in your overall appearance, too—replacing lost teeth with a bridge can help your face look fuller and younger even when you’re not smiling.
Leaving those empty spaces in your smile can allow the neighbouring teeth to drift out of alignment. This can compromise the health of those natural teeth. Getting a bridge, on the other hand, will help keep those teeth in healthy alignment and thus reduce the chances that they will develop decay or gum disease.
The Cost of a Dental Bridge in Mississauga
The cost of a dental bridge is highly variable, but it typically falls in the range of $800 to $1,200 with insurance. If you don’t have insurance, then you pay $2,000 to $3,000 or even more for a single bridge.
Here are some factors that affect the cost of dental bridges:
- The number of teeth you need to replace with a bridge
- The location in your mouth where you need a bridge
- The health of the teeth that will be supporting your bridge
- The materials used to make your bridge
- Whether you need dental implants or other adjunctive treatments to prepare your mouth for receiving a dental bridge
Keep in mind that the only way to get an accurate estimate of the cost of your care is to visit a Mississauga dentist in person for consultation. After our team has had the chance to examine your mouth, we can let you know what factors will affect the total cost of your dental bridge and we’ll provide you with a personalized quote so that you know exactly what your treatment will cost you.
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Frequently Asked Questions
A fixed bridge is a permanent restoration that is cemented directly to teeth or dental implants that are anchored securely in the bone beneath your gums. A removable bridge is the same thing as a partial denture, a non-fixed dental prosthesis that rests on your teeth and gums. You can easily remove a partial denture to clean it, but you cannot take out a fixed dental bridge.
A cantilever bridge is one that is only anchored on one side. The other side of the bridge simply suspends the false tooth over the gap, and there’s nothing beyond that to support the bridge. This type of bridge is not very common, and it’s not ideal in parts of the mouth that experience heavy biting force. A dentist may occasionally recommend a cantilever bridge for aesthetic purposes in certain situations.
You’ll likely need two separate appointments over the course of a couple of weeks. The first appointment is for preparing your teeth and taking impressions of your mouth that will be used to design your bridge. Once your bridge is complete, we’ll call you back for your second appointment where we will cement your bridge in place. Each visit should take less than an hour.
The whole process usually takes one appointment. Your teeth will be examined and prepared. Your exact measurements will then be used to create a custom, natural-looking bridge. We carefully test fit your bridge first to ensure it works for you before we cement it in place.
Depending on your aesthetic preferences, your bridge could be made from gold alloy, a non-precious metal alloy, porcelain, or a combination of materials. Most people choose porcelain because it delivers the most life-like results.
A dental crown protects and restores an individual tooth while a bridge replaces one or more missing teeth. If you have a damaged tooth, you likely only need a crown. But if you need to replace a tooth, then you may need to consider getting a bridge. Although crowns and bridges are used in different situations, they are actually quite similar. This is because a bridge essentially consists of two crowns with a false tooth suspended between them.
Yes, zirconia is a dental material that can be used in fashioning a dental bridge. When you visit us for a consultation, we’ll let you know what your dental bridge material options are and help you choose the right kind for your smile.
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