For patients with one or more missing teeth in a row, a dental bridge can serve as a relatively simple and highly effective replacement option. Capable of restoring multiple consecutive missing teeth at once, a custom-crafted dental bridge can complete your smile and add strength to your bite without the need for oral surgery. Cosmetic dentist Victor Oelbaum, DDS offers dental bridges at our Bronx practice for individuals seeking a long-lasting tooth replacement.
The primary difference between a dental bridge and an implant is the way in which each restoration is secured into place. While a bridge is fastened to dental crowns that are placed atop existing healthy teeth, a dental implant is anchored into the jawbone and meant to replace a natural tooth root, as opposed to solely the visible tooth body. Simply put, a dental bridge is designed to sit above the gumline rather than being inserted into the gum tissue like a dental implant. Because no oral surgery is required to affix a dental bridge, it can be a less invasive treatment process when compared to dental implants. With that said, dental implants typically lead to less jawbone loss than other restoration techniques.
Some patients with multiple missing teeth choose to secure their dental bridge with implants rather than dental crowns, as an implant-supported bridge can minimize the risk of bone volume loss without the invasiveness of replacing each individual missing tooth with a single implant. Implant bridges can also provide a greater degree of security as well as a more natural look and feel than a fixed bridge. In researching the best restorative solution for your missing teeth, our experienced dentists can assess your oral health to help you determine which treatment is ideal for your needs and goals.
Whether fixed or supported by dental implants, a dental bridge can:
Dental bridges are custom-fabricated to blend in harmoniously with the rest of your smile. Depending on your needs, treatment for a dental bridge can be incorporated into a full mouth restoration to recover the full integrity of your smile and oral health.
The price of a dental bridge varies depending on how many pontics (artificial teeth) comprise the bridge. Generally speaking, the cost of a dental bridge can range from $500 to $1,200 per artificial tooth. Factors that may influence your overall expense include:
Dental bridge treatment costs can also vary by geographic location and the expertise of a dentist. Ultimately, Dr. Oelbaum and his team will provide you with a personalized quote once the details of your treatment plan are determined in a consultation. To ensure dental bridges remain an affordable option for all, our practice accepts dental financing through CareCredit®. This trusted healthcare lending company offers qualified applicants an array of flexible payment plans so they can receive the treatment they desire while accommodating their budgetary concerns. For more information, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our practice.
Dental bridges can be very long-lasting and provide years of service. However, the success of a dental bridge ultimately depends on how well you care for the restoration and your surrounding teeth. Good oral hygiene habits, such as daily brushing and flossing, regular dental check-ups, and professional cleanings, can extend the usefulness of your dental bridge and prevent decay buildup that may damage the prosthesis. Additionally, taking care to avoid excessive pressure on the bridge—whether from teeth clenching and grinding, or chewing hard foods—can stop unnecessary wear and tear from weakening your restoration.
To learn more about dental bridge treatment at Dr. Victor Oelbaum & Associates, or to schedule a consultation, please contact our practice today.