About Dental Bridges
If you have gaps from missing teeth, you may be a candidate for a dental bridge. At Beyond Smiles Dental Care in Fort Worth, TX, we offer three dental bridge options. The first option, a Maryland dental bridge, is a resin-bonded bridges that are supported by the natural teeth through bonding and framework. Another option, the traditional dental bridge, holds the false teeth in place by crowns on either side of the replacement tooth. Lastly, the Cantilever dental bridge holds a false tooth in place by at least one crown. Our dental bridges can be made from a variety of materials, depending on the specific needs of the dental patient. We would love to set up a consultation between you and our board certified dentist, Dr. Edwina Evangelista, at your earliest convenience if you believe dental bridges may be the solution you seek.
What to Expect
Preparing and placing a dental bridge usually takes at least two appointments at the Beyond Smiles Dental Care office. During the first visit, Dr. Evangelista will prepare the abutment teeth by filing them down to make room for the dental crowns. After the teeth are prepared, she will take impressions of the teeth, which will be sent to a dental laboratory where experts will create a bridge, including the pontic and surrounding crowns for the abutment teeth. While the permanent bridge is being created, Dr. E will place a temporary bridge over the patient’s teeth for protection. Once the custom-made bridge is returned to our office, Dr. E will remove the temporary bridge and cement the permanent bridge into place. Our dental team will check and adjust the bridge to give the patient their best fit, but the patient may need to return in a few weeks to have their fit and bite re-checked.
Dental bridges can last 5 – 15 years, or longer with proper home came and regular exams and cleanings by the Dr. Evangelista. Patients can keep their bridges and natural teeth healthy by brushing twice a day, flossing, and using an antiseptic mouthwash daily. Patients should make annual dental exams and bi-annual dental cleanings with Beyond Smiles Dental Care to ensure the bridge is clean and in good condition.
A traditional or cantilever bridge starts at $1,500 and can be over $12,000. Maryland bridge is $1,000 – $2,500. At your dental bridge consultation, we can discuss detailed options for payment. The cost of the bridge will include the appointments for the impressions and fitting, plus any follow up visits needed to adjust the bite and fit.
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Fix Smile Gaps
If you avoid smiling to hide a gap in your teeth, call our Beyond Smiles Dental Care office to schedule a consultation and learn about dental bridges and if they are right for you. Dr. Evangelista can tell you if a dental bridge can improve the appearance of your smile.