A dental bridge is an easy solution to replace one or more missing teeth. If you are missing a tooth you may feel self-conscious about your appearance, but the health implications of a missing tooth will go beyond that of your smile.
Many issues can arise because of a missing tooth including additional tooth loss, decay, and more. Your neighboring teeth will immediately begin to drift in the open space, and gums and surrounding tissue will become more susceptible to decay and disease.
The team at Cherrydale Family Dental prides ourselves in working with every member of the family, from infant to teenager to mom and dad to grandparents. Patience is certainly a virtue. Every single member of our staff believes this. We enjoy watching a patient grow, mature, and remaining a Cherrydale patient. If you have any questions at all regarding a dental bridge, simply call Cherrydale Family Dental at 703-243-8288. You can find us at 4399 Old Dominion Drive, Arlington, VA, 22312.
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The Dental Bridge Components
Bridges, also known as fixed bridges, can be used to replace several missing teeth at once. Bridges are used to close the gap between teeth. They literally "bridge the gap" between two teeth.
Fixed bridges are a traditional solution that we have used often to replace missing teeth. Bridges are made up of two major parts. The first part is known as the pontic, which is a false tooth or false crown. The second part is the device to hold the pontic, or multiple pontics, in place.
Various Dental Bridge Types and Applications
One type of dental bridge involves using crowns on both sides of the new tooth. These crowns are designed as part of the bridge and visually create three new teeth in a row. A second type of dental bridge uses metal or ceramic “wings” or bands instead of crowns. These are fused onto the neighboring teeth to secure the new bridge. Both are viable solutions depending on the health and shape of the neighboring, or abutment teeth.
How Dental Bridges are Made
The dental bridge pontic may be made from several long-lasting materials such as porcelain and zirconia. The abutment crowns used to secure the bridge are usually made of porcelain, or occasionally a metal alloy. Sometimes glass can be added in the porcelain material to create a shine, like your natural teeth. In all cases, caring for them is vital to their longevity and durability.
Dental Bridge Benefits
The benefits of having a dental bridge far outweigh the risks associated with them. For example, having an artificial crown placed in the space where a tooth is missing will reduce the likelihood of the neighboring teeth moving into that vacated space. Another benefit of having dental bridges include the completion of your bite pattern. Proper alignment and the contact of teeth is essential to reducing the risk of jaw problems, pain and discomfort, and the premature wearing of enamel.
Other benefits include maintaining a more natural look of the face. Missing teeth can cause the skin on your face to sag, which will make you look older than you are; having a full set of teeth helps you look younger. Having a bridge placed in your mouth will improve your smile and help with your self-esteem and self-confidence.
How Much Do Dental Bridges Cost?
Dental bridges can cost between $2,000 and $5,000. There are quite a few factors going into this wide range. Your actual cost will be determined by the number of teeth, the severity of the condition, the materials used, and the insurance coverage applied based on your dental plan.
We can help you contact your dental insurance company to understand your coverage options once we have determined the best solution. We do offer Care Credit, so speaking with our financial coordinator to assess your options is another helpful step to restoring your healthy smile within your financial means.
Quality Dental Care for ALL Family Members
At Cherrydale Family Dental, 4399 Old Dominion Dr., Arlington, VA, we work hard to develop trusting and long-lasting relationships with each patient. We see past just your teeth or gums and smile when you enter our office. We see a patient that will become a friend. We want to contribute to helping you maintain good oral health to the best of your ability. We always look forward to seeing you and discussing what is best for you and your smile. Please contact us at 703-243-8288 to discuss the dental bridge options that can improve your quality of life.
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