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Treatment Options for Dental Bridges

By Roni S. Berbari, DMD on August 13, 2014

A confident dark haired man smiles with bright white teethIf you have lost one or more teeth to a traumatic injury or tooth decay, you may be considering the best way to replace the teeth that you have lost. Dental bridges are an effective restorative dentistry treatment, and this prosthetic could be the right treatment for you.

How Do Dental Bridges Work?

The loss of teeth can cause your remaining teeth to shift within your mouth, in turn creating additional issues like an uneven bite or jaw and gum pain. Dental bridges are used to prevent these issues by filling in the space left by one or more missing teeth.

What Are My Treatment Options for Dental Bridges?

After a consultation to determine your treatment plan, your dentist will use dental putty to take an impression of your teeth. A dental technician will use that mold to create a model of your dental structure, which can then be used to create a bridge that will perfectly fit your teeth.

If you are a good candidate for dental bridges, you may choose from several options for treatment:

  • Traditional Dental Bridges: These are bridges consisting of one or more artificial teeth that are anchored and permanently bonded to existing teeth on either side of the bridge. Traditional bridges are usually made of porcelain or ceramic.
  • Cantilever Bridges: These are special permanent bridges that are used when there is only one anchor tooth available on one side of the bridge.
  • Maryland Bonded Bridges: These are also often referred to as resin-bonded bridges, and can be made from porcelain or plastic supported by a metal framework.
  • Removable Dental Bridges: Removable dental bridges may be used while waiting for a fixed dental bridge to be fashioned, or you may choose to stick with a removable bridge full time. Much like dentures, removable dental bridges can offer increased convenience for daily cleaning and care.

How Long Will My Dental Bridge Last?

With the right care, a dental bridge can last a lifetime. Much like your natural teeth, dental bridges are also susceptible to damage from injury or decay. Maintaining good dental hygiene is extremely important - keep your gums healthy with consistent brushing and flossing, and keep up with dental check-ups every six months.

How Much do Dental Bridges Cost?

The cost for dental bridges can vary greatly, depending on the type of bridge you choose and the number of teeth that need replacement. But because replacing teeth is necessary for good overall dental health, your bridge may be covered by your dental insurance plan. Be sure to check your insurance plan before moving forward with any course of treatment. If dental bridges are not covered under your plan, Montreal Smiles offers comprehensive payment options to fit various needs.

Learn More about Options for Dental Bridges Today

Missing teeth can be a source of frustration, result in a loss of self-confidence, and cause physical difficulties. A good dental bridge can help, and your dentist can help determine the best treatment plan for your situation. Contact Dr. Roni S. Berbari at Montreal Smiles to schedule an appointment and learn more about your options for dental bridges today.

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