Dental Bridge

Dental Bridge in Phoenix, AZ

What is a dental bridge?

Bridges are fixed dental appliances that bridges the gap created by one or more missing teeth. It gets its support from the adjacent healthy teeth on the left or right side of the gap. The teeth that support the bridge are called abutments, while the ones that fill the gap are known as pontics. Unlike traditional removable dentures, bridges are in a fixed position. Bridges are in a fixed position and can only be removed by a dentist if necessary unlike traditional dentures that are removable.

Dental bridge types

There are four main types of dental bridges:

  • Traditional dental bridges are made of false tooth (or teeth) held in place by crowns attached to the abutment teeth. The most popular type of dental bridge is a traditional bridge that is often used when the patient has natural teeth on both sides of the gap.

  • Cantilever dental bridge is the same as traditional bridge; however the pontic in a cantilever bridge is held in place by a dental crown cemented on one abutment tooth. A cantilever bridge only needs one natural tooth next to the missing tooth.

  • Maryland dental bridge is like a traditional dental bridge but contains two abutment teeth – one one both sides of the gap. However, unlike traditional bridge that uses crowns on the abutment teeth, Maryland bridge uses a framework made of metal or porcelain bonded to the backs of the abutment teeth. Similar to traditional bridge, Maryland bridge needs to have a natural tooth on each side of the gap.

  • Implant-supported is different as it uses dental implants, and not crows or frameworks for support. This type of bridge has the implant surgically placed on the missing tooth which holds the bridge in position. Normally, one implant is placed for each missing tooth, but if that is not possible a bridge may have a pontic suspended between implant-supported crowns.


Why do I need a teeth bridge?


Replacement of the permanent tooth when lost is important because the neighboring teeth may drift into the gap causing it to become loose and setting off a cascade of problems in the future. The teeth near it can also shift which affects the bite and also put a stress on the teeth and jaw joints. These teeth can also be susceptible to decay as once they have shifted or cascaded they are harder to clean. Food particles can get stuck in between the teeth which can cause the development of bacteria that later leads to cavities and tooth decay. Moreover, the jawbone can shrink which causes distorted lips and sunken cheeks. A dental bridge replaces the missing tooth and prevents these instances from happening; thus, you’ll end up with a nice set of problem-free smiles.


Dental bridge cost

Cost of dental bridge will depend on various factors and what usually affects the cost are the type of bridge chosen, the materials needed,or any dental work needed prior to installing this dental appliance. In terms of materials, the cost of an all-porcelain bridge is higher than metal or porcelain-fused bridge. Insurance companies can help you with the total cost of this treatment, but you’ll still end up paying some of the cost out-of-pocket.


How much do Teeth Bridge Cost?

Cost for a dental bridge at Institute For Advanced Dentistry Implants is estimated to range from $1,500 to $5,000; depending on the type of bridge you select. A Traditional teeth bridge typically costs between $2,000 – $5,000 for a pontic and a crown for each abutment tooth. Maryland teeth bridges vary between $1,500 and $2,500 for one pontic.

This can be affordable as dental insurance does help pay for tooth bridges. Price increases for an all-porcelain bridge than for a metal or porcelain-fused bridge.


Phoenix, Dental Bridges

Dental bridge is the best answer if you are missing one or more teeth. Schedule an appointment with us today and see why our patients at Phoenix, AZ have confident smiles on their faces. If you are nearby, we’ll be glad to answer any questions you might have about dental bridges, dental insurance, or any other question. You no longer have to hide your smile anymore. Visit our Dental Bridge Arizona today. Schedule an Appointment.


Dental Bridge FAQ

How long does a dental bridge last?

Dental bridges can last from 5 to 15 years with an average lifespan of 10 years. How long your dental bridge will late depends on how you take care of it. Dr. Jonathan Bensoussan, DDS will make sure that your dental bridges will last for years.

Is a dental bridge permanent?

Fixed bridges are secured to the teeth with a special dental cement which means they cannot be removed. There is also an option for a removable bridge where it can be attached on an implant-supported prosthetic. Removable bridges are often used when the gap is too large or when there are no teeth to support a fixed bridge. Institute For Advanced Dentistry Implants will make sure that your dentures are of its highest quality.

How soon after extraction can I get a bridge?

Extraction depends on the condition of the individual, its surrounding teeth, and the overall health of the patient. A bridge can be fitted right after extraction, but usually our Institute For Advanced Dentistry Implants recommends for the gums and the jawbone around the extraction site swell down and to heal completely which is about 8 to 12 weeks.

Does food get stuck under the dental bridge?

Bridges are made to fit against the gum line, but sometimes there can  be an open space around between the gum and bridge which the food particles can get trapped under. Because of the trapped food particles, the patient will often experience bad breath and if not treated immediately, it can result in gum disease. Practicing good oral hygiene can help prevent this from happening.

Can a tooth get infected under a bridge?

Yes, a tooth can get infected under a fixed bridge. This usually occurs when the patient lacks proper oral hygiene that the foods get trapped under the bridge that will harbor bacteria which will later cause plaque buildup. Plaque if not treated can lead to tartar which causes gingivitis or periodontal disease. To prevent infection under the bridge, brush and floss your teeth regularly and schedule a routine visit to your dentist for exams and deep cleaning.

Can you bridge your front teeth?

Yes. It is possible to bridge your front teeth as there is not much pressure needed compared to installing a bridge at the back teeth. Traditional cantilever or Maryland bonded bridge is used for this purpose.

Does getting a bridge hurt?

No. Bridges are not painful as your dentist will administer a local anesthetic before the anchor teeth are prepared and the bridge is placed over it.


Dental Bridge Near Me

Choosing a dentist near your work, school, or home can save a lot of time and money. There may be several treatment follow up and appointments along with your routine visits; therefore, it will be more convenient to visit your dentist if it is near you. Additionally, look for specialists with excellent reviews in dental bridges and the one you’ll be comfortable working with.