Due to their relative ease of installation and simple design, particularly compared to a full denture, dental bridges are one of the most popular forms of restorative dental surgery. In many cases, dental bridges are made using same materials as veneers or dental crowns – porcelain, composite, and even gold are popular materials.
While dental bridges aren’t as much of a major operation as dentures, or even a full crown fitted on top of a damaged tooth, their great aesthetics and relatively simple care requirements have made them one of the most popular ways to cover gaps in the smile that would otherwise be fixed by an individual dental implant.
Dental bridges range in price based on the size of the bridge and the materials used to create it. Having your dental bridge created and installed in Costa Rice allows you to save significant amounts when compared to staying in the United States. Many of our patients save over 70 percent on procedures using expert Costa Rica dentists.
The final pricing of your dental bridge will depend on the size of the bridge. Dental bridges can range from small dentures used to cover a single missing tooth to large and complicated dental bridges that cover two or more missing teeth. Generally, the larger your dental bridge needs to be, the more it will cost for the procedure.
Like many other restorative dental procedures, dental bridges are available in one of several materials. Most dental bridges were once made from gold or amalgam to improve their rigidity. Today, most doctors opt for the more aesthetically pleasing materials of porcelain and dental composite.
Do you have unsightly gaps in your rear teeth? Many of us succumb to tooth decay and damage as we grow older, particularly in the rear teeth. Due to pressures from chewing and dislodged food, the molars are some of the first teeth to show signs of decay and tartar, with many of us losing teeth in the rear of our mouth with age.
Dental bridges are fitted to the teeth surrounding an empty spot or damaged tooth in the rear of your mouth, providing two major benefits. Built to the shape of your natural teeth, dental bridges provide you with added chewing strength as well as a great aesthetic replacement for your decaying or damaged missing teeth.
To do this, dental bridges are attached to the teeth surrounding your problem area using a specially fitted dental prosthesis. In most cases, this requires reshaping the surrounding teeth to better join to the dental bridge, which is secured in place with a powerful form of dental cement.
If your teeth are severely damaged and unsuitable for a crown, a dental bridge is a fantastic way to retain your chewing power and complete your smile without the use of a complete denture. Dental bridges are relatively easy to install and can be used to fill gaps in the smile in places that dentures or crowns may be hard to fit.
The other advantages of a dental bridge are aesthetic. Dental bridges, even cheap dental bridges, can be formed to fit the natural shape of your smile without any of the ‘tells’ of typical dentures. As such, they can give you a natural, functional smile that doesn’t have the ‘fake’ look that many people associate with dental implants.
Recovering from a dental bridge procedure can take some time. Due to the complex nature of the procedure and the amount of work required to install and cement the bridge in place, full recovery from a dental bridge operation can take over one week, although most patients can enjoy recovery in 48 hours following the procedure.
One of the most important aspects of living with a dental bridge is maintaining and caring for the bridge itself. As bridges are connected to the teeth surrounding a bad tooth or open spot in the mouth, it’s essential to take care of your remaining teeth to ensure that tooth decay or tartar doesn’t compromise the rigidity of the bridge.
Dentists recommend brushing your teeth twice daily, including those that surround the dental bridge. Flossing the teeth around the bridge will also reduce the risk of a tooth becoming infected by plaque, which could affect the bridge and make it tough to chew.