In this article we will delve into what dental bridges are like, the types that exist and what needs this dental option covers.
Stay until the end to know all the valuable information we have for you, also, we invite you to visit the article on which dental prosthesis is better? which will complement the information we have in this.
How are dental bridges?
Dental bridges are fixed partial dentures that replace one or more missing teeth. The dental bridge is made up of several crowns and is made according to the size of the patient’s mouth and depending on the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth.
As we already mentioned, dental bridges are permanent, which is why their use is recommended in the following cases:
- replace teeth that have fallen out prematurely
- restore functionality and aesthetics to fractured teeth, with severe wear or that have undergone endodontics.
Types of dental bridges
There are four types of dental bridges that can be used to provide a solution for patients who are missing one or more teeth. It will be the dentist or specialist who makes the best decision as to which of the types of dental bridges is best for the patient depending on their needs.
Traditional dental bridge
They are the best known and are based on one or more false teeth (called pontics) and the dental crowns that hold them fixed (pillars) to the adjacent teeth, this is the mechanism how dental bridges are attached.
These types of bridges can be used only when there are natural teeth on either side of the space or gap of the missing tooth.
The disadvantage of this type of traditional dental bridges is that the enamel of the adjacent teeth must be removed in order to insert and glue the crowns that will support the false tooth, with the aggravating circumstance that the enamel does not regenerate.
This type of bridge is very similar to the traditional bridge with the difference that it only uses a crown or abutment to hold the false tooth.
This solution has the same previous drawback of the enamel on the adjacent tooth and it is also believed that by having support on only one tooth, it acts as a lever and can cause dental fractures or loose crowns in some cases.
This is a conservative solution to traditional bridges. This type of bridge is made up of a false or pontic tooth that is held by a porcelain or metal structure that adheres to the back faces of the two teeth adjacent to the missing tooth.
The disadvantage of this solution is that the metal or porcelain structure could affect the gums and limits the force when biting, especially on the molars.
This solution can be used if more than one tooth is missing and the difference with the three previous solutions is that instead of using crowns or structures to support the false tooth, it is done with a dental implant.
A dental implant is placed in each place where the tooth is missing and this is the structure that keeps the bridge fixed.
This solution is very safe and comfortable, however it is more long-term because two surgeries are required, one to place the implant and another to place the bridge.
Cost of a Dental Bridge at Condor Dent
At our Condor Dent dental clinic, we have the following prices for dental bridges current to date so that you have a reference value of how much dental bridges cost:
- Maryland Zr (2 wings): £680
- Zirconia Maryland: £620
- Metal Maryland: £550
- Zirc Bridge (per unit): £600
- Metal-ceramic bridge (per unit): £550
However, we invite you to request an assessment appointment with us so that we can give you an exact value of your treatment.
We also tell you that we have an excellent financing service for your treatments through the Finance 4 system that allows you to carry out an easy, fast credit study, without paperwork, with zero interest and completely online.
How to choose between a dental bridge or a dental implant?
As we have already seen in other articles, both options are very different, although they provide a solution to the same problem: replacing a missing tooth.
But generally speaking, dental implants are always a better option than dental bridges.
However, it is not possible to generalize when it comes to health, because each patient is different and their health and oral conditions have implications that can promote or be a risk for one or another solution.
So each case must be evaluated before making any decision, for which we recommend you visit the dentist again and make a good assessment.
We hope that all the information that we give you here will be very useful to know not only what dental bridges are like, but also other fundamental aspects that can affect your health and your pocket.