About Dental Bridges
Our patients find a lot of confidence in their smile. At Hallock Family Dental, we specialize in providing the utmost in preventative and cosmetic care for those in the North Texas area. With locations in McKinney and Allen to serve your needs, our dental staff stands ready to help you achieve the smile of your dreams.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is similar to a traffic bridge over a river; it bridges the gap that is created when one or more teeth are missing. The device is made from two or more crowns that lie on either side of the gap. A false tooth (or teeth) is then placed within the gap to create a seamless smile. A dental bridge can be anchored to implanted teeth or natural teeth, creating a stronghold and restoring the ability to chew and speak properly.
Traditional Fixed Bridge
A traditional bridge has an anchor on each side of the missing tooth with a prosthetic tooth in between. Most often made of porcelain, which is fused to a metal or ceramic core, a traditional bridge is the most common type of bridge used on the market today.
Cantilever bridges are able to create a beautiful smile for patients who have more than one tooth missing in an adjacent layout. Though not as common, cantilever bridges are used with great success, especially when placed in the back of the mouth.
Maryland Bonded Bridges
Maryland bonded bridges, also known as resin bonded bridges, are not supported by natural or implanted teeth. Instead, a metal or porcelain framework buoys these bridges. Wings allow the bridge to sit comfortably in a patient’s mouth and are bonded to existing teeth within the natural dental structures.
How Much Does a Dental Bridge Cost?
Dental bridges range in cost due primarily to the materials used. The staff at Hallock Family Dental is adept at working with insurance companies to ensure that full benefits are obtained. We believe in affordable dental care and proper oral hygiene for all and do everything we can to work with our patients to successfully provide the care they need at the lowest possible price.
The process of building and anchoring a dental bridge happens over several visits. First, the teeth are prepared for the bridge to be adhered. This can include the re-contouring of teeth or the application of a dental crown. During this time, a temporary bridge will be given to you to ensure that exposed teeth and gums are fully protected until the permanent bridge is built.
At your next visit, the temporary bridge is removed, and your new bridge is added. This can be an individual process that could require additional visits to customize fit and function for full benefits to be achieved. Once the proper fit is found, the bridge will be cemented permanently in place to allow for a secure fit that gives patients the ability to chew with confidence.
With Hallock Dental’s $99 new patient exam, including cleaning and X-ray, there is no reason not to get started today! We provide a friendly atmosphere where oral health and patient comfort are top priorities. Contact our Allen office or McKinney office today for an appointment!