Gaps in your smile can affect your dental health and self-confidence. Our team of experienced cosmetic dentists offer a wide range of traditional and advanced tooth replacement solutions that can restore your smile. Among these options are dental bridges, which can fill spaces left by multiple missing adjacent teeth with strong, beautiful ceramic replacements. Custom all-ceramic bridges can be crafted to match the size, shape, and color of your surrounding teeth for functional, natural-looking results.
If you want to find out if a dental bridge is the right course of treatment for repairing your smile, we invite you to contact our practice to schedule a consultation. You may also learn more by reviewing the informative sections on dental bridges we have provided below:
- What Is a Dental Bridge?
- Types of Dental Bridges
- Dental Bridge Procedure
- Lifespan of Dental Bridges
- Cost of Dental Bridges
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge can replace one tooth or a number of adjacent missing teeth with a custom-designed restoration of replacement teeth that looks natural and feels secure. Whether teeth have been missing for a period of time or have been damaged and require extraction, a dental bridge can provide an excellent solution for creating a full smile and functioning bite. If a missing tooth is not replaced, over time it could lead to damage by causing neighboring and adjacent teeth to migrate. For individuals who desire the most secure and long-lasting form of tooth replacement, a dental bridge prosthetic can also be fixed to dental implants.
What Are the Different Types of Dental Bridges?
There are many different types of dental bridges that exist, and the design and materials that are right for you depend on your tooth replacement needs, preferences, goals, and budget. We offer the full spectrum of dental bridges from traditional to state-of-the-art, in addition to high-quality ceramic materials, like zirconia, that can deliver durable, natural-looking results.
To begin, anterior bridges are used to replace incisors or canines, while posterior bridges are used to replace molars. Depending upon your individual circumstances, your dentist may use one of a number of bridge types, including:
- Dental Implant Bridges: A bridge that is affixed to a set of dental implants for increased stability. This is a fixed option instead of a removable snap-on denture.
- Traditional Bridges: A bridge secured into place with a dental crown on either side of the missing tooth or teeth
- Cantilever Bridges: A two-unit bridge secured into place using only one tooth
- Resin-Bonded Bridges: A single-unit bridge bonded to the teeth with the assistance of metal wings
During the consultation process, your dentist will help you choose a bridge type that can best achieve your goals. Our custom all-ceramic zirconia bridges are the most superior dental bridges we offer, and can be attached to dental implants or to the surrounding teeth. If you are considering these premium dental bridge options, you will find that our prices are significantly more affordable than those charged by cosmetic dentists in the United States.
What Does the Dental Bridge Procedure Involve?
For a traditional bridge, the process begins with preparing the teeth neighboring the gap. This involves the removal of any damaged tooth material and shaping the remaining healthy tooth body to support a crown. When the adjacent teeth are ready, an impression is made of the entire gap and surrounding teeth. This impression is then used to design and fabricate your custom bridge. While your bridge is being crafted in the dental laboratory, a temporary bridge will be placed to protect your treated teeth and fill the gap. When your final bridge is ready (within about a week to ten days), you can return for your next appointment to have it placed. Prior to bonding, your dentist checks to ensure the proper color, fit, and bite of your bridge have been achieved. Finally, the crowns of the bridge are cemented to the prepared teeth. Your new bridge should blend beautifully with your natural teeth.
How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?
High-quality, all-ceramic bridges can potentially last for 15 years or more with proper care. To achieve long-lasting results, you must maintain good oral health and care for your bridge. Our dentists advise twice-daily brushing, using a waterpik, and flossing with special floss for bridges. It is essential to receive professional cleanings four times a year, to keep your mouth healthy.
As a courtesy to patients who attend all scheduled follow-up appointments, receive all exams and cleanings from our practice, and display good dental hygiene, we provide two-year warranties on the dental bridges and other restorations we place. To qualify for the warranty, patients must meet the requirements exactly as they are outlined. This guarantee demonstrates our belief in the consistent quality and integrity of our dental work.
What Does a Dental Bridge Cost?
At our practice, traditional all-ceramic bridges made from zirconia cost between $500 and $600 per unit (U.S. Price = $1200). If you are interested in another type of bridge, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule a consultation to discuss additional options and price ranges. You may notice that our prices are higher than other dentists in Los Algodones; however, you will also find that the quality of our work, our experience, and the materials we use are worth the cost of our services. From start to finish, our approach to dental treatment and patient care is comparable to any top cosmetic dentistry practice in the United States, and costs a fraction of the price. Our experienced dentists perform comprehensive diagnostics and custom treatment planning, in addition to offering high-quality restorations, which provides our patients with a considerable value. For more information on our pricing, we invite you to review our dental cost page.
If you are in need of dental care and want to find an affordable way to receive quality treatment in Mexico, please contact our office to learn more about our practice. Many of our patients combine their visit to our practice in Los Algodones with an enjoyable week or more of vacation in the surrounding area. You can trust our team of highly trained cosmetic dentists to deliver the excellent dental care you deserve.