Dental bridges are a popular solution for replacing missing teeth.

What are the types of dental bridges?

  • Traditional bridges involve creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic in between. Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge. They consist of an artificial tooth (or teeth) in between two crowns, which fit over the anchor teeth on each side of the missing tooth.
  • Secondly, Cantilever bridges are used when an adjacent tooth is only on one side of the missing tooth or teeth. This is not very common anymore and is not recommended in the back of the mouth where it puts too much force on other teeth and damages them.
  • A Maryland bonded bridge is made of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal or porcelain framework. Metal or porcelain wings often on just one side of the bridge are bonded to your existing teeth.

What are the benefits of dental bridges?

  • Restore your smile
  • Restore the ability to properly chew food and speak
  • Help maintain the shape of your face
  • Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position

But, while dental bridges are highly durable, it’s possible they will be replaced at some point or simply need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.

Reasons for a fixed bridge:

  • Fill space of missing teeth
  • Maintain facial shape
  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
  • Restore chewing and speaking ability
  • Restore your

How much do dental bridges cost?

The cost of dental bridges varies depending on the type of bridge and the location in your mouth it is needed. Dental insurance will typically pay a percentage of the fee depending on the dental plan.

At Westdale Dental, we will carefully assess your needs and will discuss the best options for your situation. Contact us today to learn more!