A dental bridge is another procedure that can be done in order to fill in the gaps between teeth where teeth are missing. Though instead of having an artificla root drilled into your jaw like an implant, the strong, surrounding teeth around the gap will be the ones keeping the bridge in place. In a way, a bridge “bridges” the space between the teeth, hence the name. However, in order for the bridge to be successful, the surrounding teeth may have to be altered to acheive natural looking results.
Am I a Candidate?
Like with any procedure, a consultation will be the only way to know for sure whether a dental bridge is right for you. Although, because bridges are less invasive than implants, the requirements are slightly more lenient. The important thing is to have strong, healthy teeth on either side of the gap. Chipped, cracked, and decaying teeth will have to be fixed or replaced before a dental bridge can be put in place.
How Much Does a Dental Bridge Cost?
Like implants, bridges may not be covered under insurance, but financing may be available depending on the office and the reason for getting the bridge. Bridges are by far more affordable than implants, but still quite costly, ranging from $700 to $1500. Should anything need to be changed, removed, or replaced, the cost will be hire in appointments down the road. However, your dentist will clearly lay out the road map for the costs as well as what to expect, and how to care for your bridge to ensure that it stays stable. If properly taken care of, bridges typically have a lifespan between 10-20 years before needing to be replaced or altered.
To find out if dental bridges are right for you, schedule an appointment with your dentist today.