What Is A Dental Bridge?

What Is A Dental Bridge - Castle Rock

Having one or more teeth missing or damaged can be difficult, both for someone’s self-confidence as well as physically. One common option to correct this dental issue is to receive a dental bridge from our dentists here at Castle Rock Dental.

A dental bridge is a custom-made set of replacement teeth which contains one or more false teeth and a crown on either end of the bridge. The crowns will be either placed over healthy anchor teeth or implants and fixed into place by one of our dentists. Now, whether a dental bridge is right for you will depend on a variety of factors.

Why Choose A Dental Bridge

When it comes to dental bridges, many people opt for them due to their price point. While some types of dental bridges can cost $15,000, more often, traditional dental bridges cost between $2,000-$5,000 dollars. A single dental implant can cost $1,000-$6,000, but that doesn’t include if there are any other needed steps such as tooth extraction, bone graft, or other issues.

Another bonus to choosing a dental bridge is that most dental bridges only take at most a couple of weeks to be made and set in place by our dentists. In contrast, having a dental implant placed can take six months or more.

Dental bridges can last over 10 years when given the proper care. Often after a decade, it makes sense to have a new dental bridge fitted, as your gums where the bridge rests will often change shape without teeth to support the jawbone below. However, these factors depend on what type of dental bridge you choose.

Types Of Dental Bridges Available

There is more than one type of dental bridge available. Which of these bridges you choose will depend heavily on your consultation with our dentists, as they are not all a good fit depending on your circumstances.

Traditional Dental Bridge

Traditional Dental Bridge - Castle Rock

Most commonly known are the traditional dental bridge. This type of bridge is made up of two abutment teeth which will crown healthy teeth on either side of where the teeth are missing. It does require the grinding down of two healthy teeth, which leaves them weakened even if they are covered by dental crowns.

Implant Dental Bridge

Implant Dental Bridge - Castle Rock

The sturdiest of the dental bridges is the implant dental bridge. With this type of bridge, it combines the durability of dental implants with the ability to replace multiple teeth. Instead of crowning two healthy teeth, two dental implants are placed, and the bridge is set between the dental implant crowns. Thanks to the stabilizing implants, this type of dental bridge is the most stable.

Maryland Dental Bridge

Maryland Dental Bridge - Castle Rock

Most affordable of the dental bridges, a Maryland dental bridge consists of a tooth that is attached to the neighboring teeth with either metal or porcelain framework. This frame is then bonded to the teeth, securing the Maryland bridge. However, as you might guess, you can only opt for this bridge if you have one missing tooth, and it is recommended only for front missing teeth, as it best not to put much chewing pressure on this bridge.

Cantilever Dental Bridge

Cantilever-Dental-Bridge - Castle Rock

Unlike the other dental bridges, you don’t need two supporting teeth for a cantilever dental bridge. This bridge is designed to have one abutment tooth and one replacement tooth. The cantilever bridge can be done like a traditional bridge, with the abutment tooth crowning one of your natural teeth. Or, you can have the abutment tooth be a dental implant with a replacement tooth attached to the implant crown.

Find Dental Bridges At Castle Rock Dental

If you are interested in seeing if a dental bridge is right for you, feel free to contact us for a consultation appointment with our dentists. We are ready to help you achieve the smile of your dreams!

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