A dental bridge is a type of dental restoration that is used to replace a missing tooth. To complete a dental bridge, the dentist prepares the teeth adjacent to the space by reducing all surfaces by as little as 0.3 mm. The dentist then takes an impression of the reduced teeth and sends it off to a laboratory to fabricate the bridge restoration. The prepared tooth is then temporarily restored with a provisional material. The patient then returns after the dental bridge has been made to have the permanent restoration cemented or bonded to the natural teeth. There are several different materials available to fabricate a dental bridge. The most common are zirconia, porcelain, gold and other types of metal.
why is it needed?
A dental bridge is needed to place a missing tooth. When a tooth is missing, the teeth adjacent and opposing the space can begin to drift, tilt and supererupt into the empty space. This can result in difficulty in completing a bridge later on, poor function or esthetics, bone loss or other complications.
how much does it cost?
The cost of a dental bridge is dependent on a number of factors including the complexity, the type of restorative material used and the number of teeth that need to be prepared to retain the bridge. Dental bridges at simpli dental start at $1,296 plus lab fees.
should I get a dental implant instead of a dental bridge?
The answer to this question depends on a number of factors including the condition of the remaining teeth, patient’s preferences, the amount of bone remaining, the patient’s systemic health and others. The best way to determine which tooth replacement option is better for your individual needs is by asking a dental professional.
simpli dental offers dental bridges in Saskatoon and Regina.
Please note that all procedures are completed by a general dentist and not a specialist. Due to variations in individual patient needs and changing oral health conditions, prices are not guaranteed and need to be approved in office prior to and at the time of treatment.