Shallowford Smiles - Chattanooga

Dental Bridges in Chattanooga

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A Permanent Solution to Missing Teeth

A dental bridge is a dental prosthetic that restores teeth health and appearance by replacing missing teeth with natural-looking synthetic teeth. Sometimes referred to as a ‘fixed partial denture’, a dental bridge is bonded to your existing teeth. So bridges don’t need to be removed for cleaning or maintenance.

Why Get a Dental Bridge?

Filling tooth gaps is important, not just for appearances, but for your long-term oral health. Missing teeth can make it difficult to speak or chew food and allows other teeth to shift around, potentially causing issues with your bite and teeth alignment.

This is why so many patients turn to dental prosthetics.

Those missing more than two or three teeth will want to consider partial dentures. But, for replacing only one or two teeth, a dental bridge is an ideal way to get your smile looking natural and feeling normal again.

The following are only a few of the many advantages dental bridges have to offer:

Comfort

Gaps allow teeth to shift around over time, eventually leading to crowding or crooked teeth. Not only is the result unsightly, but it also causes discomfort and difficulty when eating or speaking. Dental bridges are a long-lasting solution to the discomfort caused by missing teeth.

Tooth health

When teeth are missing, shifting and crowding occur, making thorough oral care all but impossible. Improper cleaning increases the risk of tooth decay, periodontal disease, jaw pain, and TMJ disorder. By filling the gap left by missing teeth, dental bridges effectively prevent teeth from shifting.

Bone health

Healthy, stable teeth encourage healthy jawbones. As our dental health diminishes so does the health of bone and tissues that support our teeth. Stabilizing your teeth with a dental bridge will slow the rate of bone loss, or prevent it altogether.

Types of Dental Bridges

There are four common types of dental bridges to choose from: traditional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges, Maryland bridges, and implant bridges. The following are some brief descriptions of what makes each type of dental bridge so unique.

Fixed Bridge

The traditional fixed bridge is the most common type of dental bridge. It works by bridging dental crowns on either side of a missing tooth with a false tooth in between. The dental crowns act as anchors supporting the false tooth, creating a very stable dental prosthetic.

Cantilever Bridge

While less common than fixed bridges, cantilever bridges can save you both time and money. That’s because these dental bridges only require one dental crown as an anchor point. However, cantilever bridges are only advised for use for the front teeth, as placing them in the back of the mouth can put too much strain on the prosthetic tooth.

Maryland Bridge

Maryland bridges are similar in construction to fixed bridges, with one important distinction: they do not require the use of dental crowns as anchor points. Instead, Maryland dental bridges use a framework that attaches to the back of existing teeth. This makes Maryland bridges a more affordable, if slightly less stable, option.

Implant Bridges

As the name implies, implant bridges use dental implants as anchors instead of dental crowns. This makes implant bridges far more stable and resilient than other types of bridges. However, implant bridges do require extensive and potentially expensive surgery.

The Cost Of A Dental Bridge In Chattanooga

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 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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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.

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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