Dental bridges are a form of oral treatment used to close a gap between teeth if a patient has missing teeth. A dental bridge is an artificial tooth, also known as pontic, held by the abutment teeth on both sides. They are made of different materials such as gold or porcelain that blend well with natural teeth. The different types of teeth include traditional, cantilever, Maryland, and implant-supported bridges.
A traditional dental bridge is a false tooth or teeth held in place by dental crowns. The crown is cemented on teeth on either side of the gap. This is the most popular type of dental bridge, and it is used when the patient has natural teeth on both sides.
The cantilever dental bridge is almost like the traditional dental bridge, only that it is held in place by a dental crown that is cemented to one abutment tooth. The bridge only needs a single, natural tooth next to the gap.
Maryland dental bridges use a framework of porcelain or metal bonded on two abutment teeth on the back. The bridge is similar to traditional bridges thus can only be used if the patient has a natural tooth on each side of the gap.
The implant-supported dental bridge is considered the most robust and stable dental bridge. This type of dental bridge employs implants to hold the bridge in position. One implant is used to replace every missing tooth, or the bridge may have a pontic suspended between two implant-supported crowns. This dental bridge is very complex and requires two surgeries. In the first surgery, the implant is placed into the jawbone. In t the second surgery, the bridge is set.
The cost of dental bridges vary depending on several factors. These factors may include the number of missing teeth, the type of dental bridge, the complexity of the placement procedure and additional treatment of other dental problems.
If a traditional or cantilever bridge is used, the procedure can cost around $2,000 to $5,000. On the other hand, Maryland bridges cost about $1,500 to $2,500. An implant-supported bridge can cost $5,000 to $15,000 for two implants spanning three to four teeth. It is important to review your insurance plan to check if it covers some or all the cost of placement of dental bridges.
Dental bridges require elaborate dental hygiene to last for a long time. Unlike dental implants, which are considered permanent, dental bridges require replacement after every 5 to 15 years. It is important to have the procedure conducted by a professional. At Cochran Family Dental, you will be able to get the care and treatment needed to improve your smile and boost your confidence. We serve the cities of Leesburg, Ashburn, and Purcellville with modern and comprehensive dental care services. To learn more about dental bridges and the other services we offer, call us today to schedule an appointment at 703-771-9034, or email us using the contact form on this page.