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Addressing Gaps Due to 1 to 3 Missing Teeth

A dental bridge is a solution that enhances both the aesthetics and well-being of your oral cavity. It effectively closes gaps caused by one to three missing teeth by anchoring a false tooth to either dental implants, your natural teeth, or a combination of both. Often referred to as a ‘fixed partial denture,’ bridges are securely attached to your teeth through bonding or cementing, eliminating the need for removal during sleep or cleaning. Filling these tooth gaps is not only essential for appearance but also vital for your long-term oral health. Missing teeth can hinder speech and food consumption, and they can lead to the misalignment of adjacent teeth when gaps are left untreated.

The Lasting Benefits of Dental Bridges

The absence of one or more teeth can lead to self-consciousness and discomfort. A dental bridge not only restores the natural appearance of your smile but also provides enduring advantages for your remaining teeth and the overall health of your jawbone. To sum it up, here are the benefits of a dental bridge:

Immediate Comfort

These benefits are evident in the short term, significantly impacting your daily life. You can regain a natural look and feel, allowing you to smile and eat with confidence, restoring the smile you cherish. Missing teeth can be uncomfortable, and gaps can make speaking or eating painful. With proper care, dental bridges offer a long-lasting solution to the discomfort caused by missing teeth, lasting for over a decade.

Tooth Health

Your teeth work in harmony, supporting one another and contributing to your facial structure. When teeth are missing, it can affect your bite and create spaces for neighboring teeth to shift, potentially leading to decay, periodontal disease, jaw discomfort, and TMJ disorders. A dental bridge prevents this shifting, reducing the risk of such dental issues caused by misaligned teeth.

Bone Health

Healthy and stable teeth play a vital role in maintaining the health of your jawbone. As dental health deteriorates, so does the condition of the bone and tissues that support your teeth. By stabilizing your dental health with a dental bridge, you can slow down the rate of bone loss associated with missing teeth, promoting better overall bone health.

The cost of a dental bridge in San Diego

The cost of a dental bridge can vary widely from patient to patient. With a typical insurance plan, a dental bridge averages out to about $800 to $1200+. Without insurance, a reasonable ball-park figure for a bridge would be about $2000 to $3000 and up.

    What goes into determining the cost of a dental bridge?
  • The type of bridge and the material used to make it.
  • The number of teeth that are missing.
  • The location and complexity of the procedure.
  • The condition of the teeth adjacent to the gap.
  • Supplies and equipment that are required for your specific treatment.

Remember, no dental practice can provide an accurate quote over the phone. Ultimately, your needs are as unique as your smile. It’s important to speak with a dentist and undergo an oral exam to find out all your treatment options and to receive an accurate quote. If you have dental insurance, we would be happy to supply you with a quote to submit to them so you can find out your out-of-pocket costs before you make a decision.

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Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are different types of dental bridges – permanent and semi-permanent. Bridges are sometimes referred to as fixed partial dentures because they are semi-permanent and are bonded to existing teeth or implants. The easiest way to tell the difference between a bridge (which stays put) and a denture (which is removable) is that bridges are just the teeth whereas dentures have those pink gums.
Cantilever bridges are used when there aren’t adjacent teeth on both sides of the missing teeth. They aren’t very common anymore and aren’t recommended in the back of the mouth where it can apply too much force to other teeth and damage them. If your missing teeth are in the back of your mouth, there are other solutions available.
The process usually takes two appointments with each appointment lasting less than an hour.
Bridges can be constructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. We primarily use porcelain for our dental bridge procedures.
Sometimes, people use the terms dental bridge and crown interchangeably. The reality is they have different functions. Dental crowns are prosthetic caps that are placed over broken, chipped, or worn teeth. They are effective in strengthening the teeth and preventing tooth decay. Dental bridges are designed to bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
A crowns, all by itself, cannot replace a missing tooth. The crown refers to a dental cap that looks and feels like a tooth but it needs to be supported inside and beneath the gum line by either an existing and prepared tooth, a partial tooth with a post or a dental implant.
Bridges can be made of Zirconia. Ask us for more information and we would be happy to show you what materials are available and what our recommendations are for your specific needs.

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