If you are in the Katy, TX area, and are needing a dental bridge, look no further than Dr. Jasmine Naderi and her team at Best Dental. We serve many residents in and around Katy, TX with amazingly aesthetic dental bridges.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a form of dental restoration and is used to fill in the gap left by one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge is made up of two or more crowns that sit either side of the gap, called anchoring teeth, and a false tooth or set of teeth called pontics. Pontics can be made from a variety of different materials including metals such as gold or more natural-looking materials like ceramic or porcelain.
What types of dental bridges are there?
A quick online search will reveal that there are four main types of dental bridges
- Traditional dental bridge – If you have natural teeth either side of the gap left by your missing tooth then a traditional bridge can be used. A traditional bridge involves fitting a crown to the anchoring teeth on either side of the gap and then filling the gap with a pontic. Traditional bridges are the most popular type of bridge fitted to dental patients.
- Cantilever dental bridge – If you only have one natural tooth next to the missing tooth gap then a cantilever bridge can be used. A cantilever bridge is cemented to just one crown covered abutment anchoring tooth for stability.
- Maryland dental bridge – A Maryland dental bridge is similar to a traditional bridge in that it is anchored to two abutment teeth either side of the tooth gap, however, the abutment teeth are not crowned, but instead, the bridge is secured using porcelain or metal framework that is bonded to the back of the teeth.
- Implant-supported bridge – Finally, if you do not have natural neighboring teeth then a bridge can be created using dental implants in place of crowns or metal framework. Normally, an implant is used for every missing tooth within the bridge, however, if an implant cannot be surgically placed then a pontic can be suspended between two implanted-supported crowns. Although an implant-supported bridge is often considered the most stable and the strongest it is also the most invasive and requires two surgeries and a couple of months for the procedure to be completed.
Why might a person need a dental bridge?
Missing teeth can cause a number of problems including difficulty chewing, problems with pronunciation and embarrassment. A dental bridge can address these issues by:
- Enabling you to chew normally again without hurting your exposed gums
- By helping you to enunciate properly
- By improving the shape of your jaw and face
- By restoring your smile
- By supporting neighboring teeth so that they do not move out of place.
How are dental bridges fitted?
Traditional, cantilever and Maryland bridges all follow the same basic procedure across two visits. On the first visit, the dentist will usually begin by taking an x-ray of your mouth to check the roots of your teeth and to see if any treatment is required before fitting the bridge. Next, if you are having crowns, your dentist will begin preparing your abutment teeth for them by removing some of your enamel for the crown to slide on top of. Once the abutment teeth have been prepared, impressions are made using a dental putty or a scanning machine and are sent off to be made into a personalized crown, bridge and pontic. Your dentist will then fit a temporary bridge to your teeth for you to wear until your personalized bridge arrives from the laboratory.
Once your personalized bridge has arrived your temporary bridge will be removed and your permanent bridge fitted. Sometimes multiple visits are needed to ensure that the bridge is fitted as best it can and is not moving during biting or chewing.
With good oral hygiene, a dental bridge can last from 5-15 years with most lasting somewhere in the middle close to 10. It’s important to remember that with traditional, cantilever and Maryland bridges your natural teeth that lie beneath the crown or framework can still be damaged and so it’s important to brush well to avoid any decay.
How much do dental bridges cost in Katy, TX?
As with any dental procedure, the price of a dental bridge can vary depending on how large the gap in your mouth is, the type of bridge material used, the difficulty of the bridge placement and even lifestyle factors such as where you live and the expertise of your dental surgeon. In general, traditional and Maryland bridges are often the cheapest bridge option, followed by a cantilever bridge and finally an implant-supported bridge, though the best way to find out how much your dental bridge will cost is to speak with a professional. The average cost of a traditional dental bridge in Katy, TX is $3,000. This is for a 3-unit dental bridge. Prices may vary depending on the complexity of your case, the number of teeth being replaced, and the treating dentist working on your case.
Will Dental Insurance help pay for my dental bridge?
Absolutely. Most dental insurance carriers will help pay for a portion of your dental bridge. Your dental team will let you know what portion your plan covers at your consultation appointment.
If you are in Katy, TX and are in need of a dental bridge contact our team today!