Dental Bridges

Find out costs, candidates and risks of dental bridges


By Sarah Leavitt, Medical Research EditorLast modified: October 11, 2011




Dental Bridges

Dental bridges is a cosmetic dental procedure used to fill the place of a missing tooth or teeth with artificial ones held together by adjacent teeth. Dental bridges are common procedures that not only enhance one’s appearance but prevent against the buildup of bacteria or infection in the empty space. Dental bridges can also improve one’s bite or speech.












What Are Dental Bridges?


Dentalbridges literally "bridge" the gap in place of a missing tooth. Dental bridges are artificial devices thatconnect to surrounding teeth to fill empty space in the mouth. 


A Good Candidate for Dental Bridges


Most people with empty spaces in their mouths need some form of restoration to prevent bacteria build up or infection. Good candidates for dental bridges need to have relatively healthy gums in order to support the bridge.



Dental Bridge Procedure


During the procedure, dentists apply a false tooth, known as a pontic, and “bridge” the gap with a porcelain, metal or gold material. 



Types of Dental Bridges


There are many different types of bridges available to patients. The type of bridge one receives depends entirely on the patient’s specific condition.



Color of Dental Bridge


Artificial materials are not susceptible to teeth whitening procedures. Consequently, the color of the bridge is important in order to blend properly with one’s teeth. Patients can determine the color of their bridges in order to for it to blend in naturally with the other teeth.



Side Effects of Dental Bridges


The few side effects of dental bridges are mostly associated with soreness. The procedure itself is a very safe and non-imposing. Failing to treat the empty space carries more of a risk factor than the procedure itself.



Cost of Dental Bridges


Dental bridges vary in cost depending on the number needed and the materials used. Discuss your options with a doctor to determine what price range is most suitable for you. 





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