Cost: $2,400 ($800 per crown, so a 2-tooth space would cost $3,200, etc.)
A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
There are several types of bridges. You and your dentist will discuss the best options for your particular case. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain, metal, or a combination of both. This type of bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years; however, they may need to be replaced or re-cemented due to normal wear.
Reasons for a fixed bridge:
Fill space of missing teeth
Maintain facial shape
Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
Restore chewing and speaking ability
Restore your smile
Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance
What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
Getting a bridge usually requires two or three visits.
First Appointment: While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth (in front of and behind the space) are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated, which usually takes 2 weeks. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn until your next appointment. If the bridge is prepared the same day the missing tooth was extracted, the impression will be made at a follow-up appointment after the gums and bone have been allowed to heal.
Second Appointment: Your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit. The new bridge is then permanently cemented.
You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of the procedure. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new, permanent bridge.