Dental bridges are excellent replacements for missing teeth. They are sturdy, attractive, and less expensive per tooth than single-tooth dental implants.
The cost of a bridge varies depending on many factors, including how many teeth it supports. Today, a 3 tooth dental bridge costs approximately $3,100 to $5,000 in Snellville, GA.
How Dental Bridges Work
A dental bridge consists of artificial teeth (pontics) attached to crowns or implants on either side. A dental bridge can hold up to three or four pontics. Dental bridges look very much like natural teeth, and they will improve your smile while keeping your other teeth in place.
Advantages of Dental Bridges
Improve Your Self-Confidence
People with missing teeth understand how much they can affect your self-image. You may try to keep the gap between your teeth from showing when you talk or chew. When you receive a dental bridge, you will no longer worry about the impression you make.
Improve Chewing and Speaking Abilities
Speaking and eating can be difficult with missing teeth. A bridge can restore your chewing ability and allow you to speak clearly.
Keep Teeth From Shifting
If you lose a tooth, eventually, you will notice that other teeth shift toward the gap. Teeth that move sometimes become loose, possibly leading to further tooth loss.
Bridges can last about five to 15 years, perhaps longer, with the correct maintenance and care.
Types of Dental Bridges
A traditional bridge connects to crowns on either side of the gap. The teeth receiving the crowns must be healthy enough to support the crown. This type of bridge can hold three to four missing teeth.
A cantilever bridge attaches only to one side. These bridges are a good option for some patients, but they put pressure on the connecting teeth.
A Maryland bridge uses small metal wings the dentist cements onto supporting teeth.
An implant-supported bridge anchors to two single-tooth implants rather than crowns. It is a viable option when you do not have two healthy teeth to attach a traditional bridge.
Understanding Dental Bridges
Missing teeth can be a headache and interfere with how you feel about yourself. Dental bridges can enhance the look and function of your teeth. They can help you eat, speak, and show your smile worry-free. A dental bridge can preserve oral health by keeping natural teeth in their correct positions.
Call Oak Road Dentistry
A bridge could be the best solution if you are missing one or more teeth. Please call our Snellville, GA, office at 770-985-9559 to schedule a consultation. We will evaluate your teeth and let you know whether a dental bridge would be effective in your case.