In a fully functioning and healthy mouth, upper and lower forces are balanced and equal. However, this balance is quickly lost when we lose a tooth.
Here are a few things that can happen when you lose a tooth.
A Dental Bridge is when two or more crowns are connected together to replace one or more missing teeth. The Dental Bridge will be placed over your natural teeth which will need to be prepared to receive the Bridge. Unlike Dentures, Dental Bridges are permanent fixtures that look and feel natural and do not have to be removed.
1. Cantilever Bridges – This is when only one tooth is used to support the missing tooth (as seen above)
2. Maryland Bridges – These are considered the conservative option compared to conventional Bridges – two wings are used on adjacent teeth to support the missing tooth – minimal to no preparation required
3. Traditional Bridges – This is when both teeth adjacent to the missing tooth are prepared to accept the Bridge. (see above)
The price of a dental bridge will vary depending on several factors including the placement and material used. Dental bridge costs are on average $500 to $1,500.