Dental bridges are prosthetic devices used by dentists and orthodontists to cover spaces created by one or more missing teeth. They are permanently cemented to surrounding teeth or dental implants. Commonly used with dental crowns, bridges can add strength to damaged teeth. They can also enhance tooth alignment, occlusion, shape, and appearance. The cost for a dental bridge varies between $500-$1,200, depending on location and other factors.
- avg. recovery
About the Procedure
The procedure for getting dental bridges typically involves two separate appointments with a dentist. During the first appointment, the teeth that the bridge will be cemented on are prepared. This is done by reshaping their contours and removing some of their enamel. Doing this allows room for dental crowns to be placed, which can then be used to anchor the bridge. Then, impressions of the teeth are made and sent to the dental lab where the bridge will be made. The dentist will provide a temporary bridge to wear to protect exposed teeth and gums while the permanent bridge is being made in the lab. During the next visit, the temporary bridge will be removed and the new metal or porcelain dental bridge will be placed in the mouth to ensure a proper fit. Subsequent visits are typically needed to continue to modify the fit of the bridge. Dental bridges typically last for 10-15 years; sometimes much longer. Regular checkups, proper oral hygiene, and careful use can extend the life of a bridge significantly. The average cost for a dental bridge in the ranges between $500-$1,200, depending on various patient-specific factors.
The goal of dental bridges is to bridge the missing gap between one or more missing teeth for a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
What to Expect
Dental bridges are prosthetic devices used by dentists and orthodontists to cover spaces created by one or more missing teeth. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after dental bridges.
- X-rays and models of the teeth and mouth
During Treatment: First Appointment
Having dental bridges placed typically requires two appointments:
- X-rays are taken
- Teeth are shaped
- Impressions are taken
- Temporary bridge is placed
- Impression is sent to a dental lab where the permanent bridge will be customized
Recovery time after a dental bridge procedure can vary depending on what device is used to anchor the bridge in place. If a dental crown is utilized, recovery will be much quicker, generally not lasting longer than 1 day. If implants are needed to secure the bridge, recovery time may last as long as 1 week.
The ideal candidate for dental bridges is missing one or more teeth, has good overall oral health, as well as good gum health with no signs of gum disease or periodontal disease.
Not Recommended For
Dental bridges are not recommended for patients under the age of 16 or for patients with poor dental health whose teeth cannot support the bridge.
Side effects from dental bridges may include tooth sensitivity, gum irritation, speech difficulties, temporary production of excess saliva, and increased risk for tooth decay of abutment teeth.