A conventional fixed bridge is a tooth replacement that is attached with cement to adjacent natural teeth. If one or two teeth are missing on a single side, it can be the best method of replacement provided the natural adjacent teeth are healthy and the supporting structure (bone and gum tissue) are adequate.
The only drawback is that the natural teeth have to be prepared to receive the bridge. This requires that 1.5 to 2 mm of tooth structure be removed. If these teeth have had no restorations, it is difficult to rationalize this removal from perfectly good teeth. In such cases, an implant may be a better solution.
A fixed bridge takes usually two to three visits. The first visit is just like that for creating a crown. Dr. Dantini will numb the area and prepare the adjacent natural teeth so that a solid tooth structure remains to support a porcelain gold , or resin bridge.
A bridge must fit perfectly to prevent further decay and gum disease. It must also restore the bite, prevent shifting of the teeth and above all, look good.
After the teeth are prepared, an impression of the tooth area is taken and sent to a laboratory to fabricate the bridge. For this interim period will place a ‘temporary bridge’ is placed on the prepared teeth to protect them, provide the patient with functional teeth.
On the second appointment, the bridge is bonded or cemented to the natural teeth. It is vital to take care of bridged teeth. The margins between the bridge and the natural teeth are areas that are susceptible to decay and must be kept clean. Bridge threaders should be used to clean under the bridged area (called a pontic). Properly taken care of, bridges can last 5 to 15 years, and sometimes even longer.
The cost of a bridge can range from $1,000 to $2,500 per tooth depending on the number of teeth being replaced and the condition of the teeth that will anchor the bridge. This procedure should only be used in replacing one or two teeth on a single side. If a larger span bridge is desired, please consult Dr. Dantini, as the procedure is different and can cost more.