About Dental Bridges
The smile is an important feature for each and every individual. Missing or damaged teeth affect not only one’s appearance, but can lead to a number of speech problems and diseases. Bridges act like permanent dentures or implants, helping replace teeth that have fallen out. There are several types of bridges available to choose from, depending on the health of surrounding teeth or gum tissue.
A dentist will consider how well the patient’s gums or jaw structure will be able to accommodate artificial teeth or crowns. Resin-bonded bridges are used most often with the replacement of front teeth as long as the surrounding teeth and gum tissue are healthy.
Common Bridge Procedures:
- Traditional (Fixed) Bridge – they are made of porcelain fused to ceramics or metal and the procedure involves creating a crown for the tooth or implant on sides of the missing tooth with a pontic (bridge) in the middle.
- Removable Bridges (also known as removable partial dentures) – they have replacement teeth attached to gum-colored plastic bases that are connected by metal framework. The removable dentures can be attached to the patient’s natural teeth with metal clasps or precision attachments. Claspless removable bridges are another alternative for better support and aesthetics. Bridges with crowns on the patient’s natural teeth can enhance the way a removable bridge fits in the mouth.
- Cantilever Bridge – it is used when the teeth are present on only one side of a missing tooth/teeth.
- Resin Bonded Bridges – they are made of plastic teeth and gums that are supported by metal framework held in place by “wings” bonded to existing teeth.
COST OF DENTAL BRIDGES IN MEXICO
Dental bridges in Mexico can vary in cost depending on several factors, such as if any other additional treatments are needed. The materials used in a bridge can also affect the cost, as well as the quality of work done by the laboratory in the making of the bridge.
Here are some examples of prices for dental bridges packages in Mexico:
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In the situation when surrounding teeth are decayed or broken, the dentist will build them back up in order for them to be able to support the bridge. Fixed and cantilever bridges require shaping the teeth on either side of the missing tooth in order for it to fit the crown that will afterwards cover the shaped teeth. The crowns are attached to either side of a pontic, or the artificial tooth, that will fill the missing gap.
THE BEST CANDIDATES FOR DENTAL BRIDGES INCLUDE PATIENTS WHO:
- are missing a tooth but practice good oral hygiene
- have teeth and gum tissue that are healthy enough to support bridgework
BENEFITS OF DENTAL BRIDGES:
- bridges are able reduce the risk for periodontal disease, temporomandibular joint disorder and even tooth decay
- they also restore chewing and speaking ability for many individuals, as well as evenly distributing bite pressure and alignment