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Bridges help maintain the shape of your face, as well as alleviating the stress in your bite by replacing missing teeth.
Sometimes called a fixed partial denture, a bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. The restoration can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials and is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support. Unlike a removable bridge, which you can take out and clean, a fixed bridge can only be removed by a dentist.
An implant bridge attaches artificial teeth directly to the jaw or under the gum tissue. Depending on which type of bridge your dentist recommends, its success depends on its foundation. So it's very important to keep your remaining teeth healthy and strong.
A bonded-bridge is used to replace a missing tooth in less time and for less money than a porcelain bridge or an implant. The bonded bridge basically is a resin or porcelain tooth that has resin or metal wings on each side. It is an ideal fix for a missing tooth in the front of the mouth (biting forces are not that strong in the front).
In the procedure, a dentist removes a small amount of the teeth on either side of the missing one. He then will take an impression or mold. A laboratory makes the bonded-bridge and the dentist will adhere it to the back portions of the teeth surrounding the missing one.
Typically, the all resin bonded bridge is preferable because it is more aesthetic. Bridges with metal wings can show through and "gray" the surrounding teeth. Also, all resin bridges do not fall out as often (which would require re-cementing).
The procedure takes about half an hour and can cost between $700 and $1200. Implants, on the other hand, can cost from $1,800 to $3,500. A porcelain bridge to replace one tooth can cost $1600 to $3000.
A dental bonded bridge is one method dentists use to replace a missing tooth. A bridge is made up of two parts: two crowns or caps that fit over the teeth on either side of a gap in your teeth, and a false tooth that fills the gap.
A bonded bridge has metal wings that attach to the inner side of the supporting teeth, so they can’t be seen.
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