When a tooth is lost and not replaced by a prosthetic or restoration, it can lead to a number of oral health problems. Beyond the psychological effects of an incomplete smile, missing teeth makes eating more difficult and can contribute to further tooth loss, bone deterioration, and gum recession.
A common method for replacing one or more lost teeth in a row, dental bridges are a discreet and inconspicuous restoration that provides more stability and durability than removable prosthetics like full dentures and dental partials. A dental bridge can replace up to four missing teeth.
The appearance of bridges can vary depending on the materials used to make them. For example, dental bridges may be constructed from durable metal alloys or tooth-colored porcelain. Bridges vary in size as well, and can replace just one tooth or a series of missing teeth.
Made from dental crowns, which are tooth-shaped prosthetics, dental bridges replace tooth structure above the gum line. Bridges are attached to neighboring teeth or teeth with crowns by abutments, which secure them in place.
The cost of a bridge varies based on the needs of the patient. Bridges made from metal alloys are usually cheaper than bridges made from tooth-colored materials like porcelain. The price of a bridge also depends on how many teeth need replacement. These restorations, like dental crowns and porcelain veneers, are made in dental laboratories specifically for each patient so that they fit the mouth appropriately and support a healthy bite by mimicking the size and shape of the original teeth.
When patients experience tooth loss, Dr. Morris and our team take a compassionate approach in helping patients evaluate their many options. Our goal is to your restore your smile and confidence with restorations that suit your individual needs and budget.
To discuss your tooth replacement options with Dr. Morris, contact our staff today to reserve an appointment.