Thanks to modern dentistry, there are safe, affordable, effective options to replace missing teeth and restore your smile's health and appearance. One of the most common solutions for tooth replacement is a dental bridge from our Surrey, BC dentist office.
Missing teeth can cause a variety of serious health problems, including:
- Difficulty Eating
- Difficulty Speaking
- Poor Nutrition
- Low Self-Confidence
- Mouth Pain
- Jaw Bone Deterioration
Your Surrey General Dentistry Specialist Explains: What Is A Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is an oral prosthesis that fills the gap left by a missing tooth. A bridge is designed to prevent your teeth from shifting over time to try to fill the space left by a lost tooth. Whether you choose a temporary bridge or a fixed (permanent) bridge, this helps you maintain the alignment of your teeth so you can eat and speak properly.
What Type Of Dental Bridge Do I Need?
At Southridge Dental, your Surrey general dentistry specialists offer a variety of dental bridges to help meet your tooth replacement needs.
Traditional Dental Bridge
A traditional dental bridge is a false tooth (or teeth) held in place by dental crowns that have been bonded onto each tooth framing the gap in your smile caused by a lost tooth. This is the most common type of dental bridge and is often recommended as long as you have a natural tooth on either side side of the gap left by your missing tooth.
Cantilever Dental Bridge
This type of dental bridge is similar to the traditional model. However, it is held in place by only one dental crown instead of two. To use a cantilever dental bridge, you only need one natural tooth next to the gap in your smile.
Maryland Dental Bridge
A Maryland bridge is also known as a resin-bonded bridge. This type of bridge can be made of porcelain, metal, or plastic materials. Instead of relying on dental crowns the way a traditional dental bridge does, a Maryland bridge uses a porcelain or metal framework.
Implant Supported Dental Bridge
This type of dental bridge is often considered to be the strongest type of bridge. If you decide to replace your missing tooth with an implant supported bridge, you will likely require two visits to our Surrey dentist office to place the implants into your jaw and then secure your dental bridge prosthesis.
How Much Does A Dental Bridge Cost?
The simple answer to how much a dental bridge will cost is this: it depends. Just like with any surgery, there are numerous factors that can influence the cost of dental implants. We can provide you an accurate estimate after a consultation with our dentists.
Considerations can include:
- The number of teeth needed to fill the gap in your smile
- What type of materials are being used, such as composite resin, zirconia, or metal alloy covered in resin
- How complex or difficult the placement of the bridge will be
- Whether you need additional treatments for other dental issues, such as gum disease or tooth decay
- What type of dental bridge you choose
A consultation allows us to spend time with you so we can truly understand your oral health goals and financial considerations, while presenting you with information about dental bridges and other tooth loss solutions.
How Do I Take Care Of My Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges typically last 5 to 15 years and even longer if you practice good oral hygiene. It is important to make sure you keep your remaining natural teeth healthy so they can continue to support your dental bridge.
Brush twice a day, floss, and use a mouth rinse to ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy. Make sure you see us for a regular dental checkup every 6 months to ensure your mouth stays healthy and your dental bridge stays intact.
Schedule Your Dental Bridge Consultation Today!
If you want to know if a dental bridge will work for you, call our Surrey dentist office. Your Surrey general dentistry specialists are always happy to answer any questions you have about dental bridges or any of the other tooth replacement services we offer.
At Southridge, we often recommend a dental crown to help restore oral health and a smile's appearance. Contact us for your consultation!