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Careington 500 Dental Plan

Many of us were told at young ages that a gap-toothed smile is a lucky one. That said, as adults, many of us are self-conscious of our tooth gaps. We'd much rather close the gaps between our teeth, and luckily for us, dentistry and orthodontics have grown to the point that making these appearance changes are generally easy and painless.

So, then, how can we repair a tooth gap? There are several options, and many patients opt for a dental bridge to close the gap between missing teeth. A dental bridge is a row of teeth or tooth material built to fit into large (typically multi-tooth) gaps and not only stabilize the area, but also give off the appearance of a full mouth of natural teeth.

The potential benefits are many, including:

How would I obtain a dental bridge?

Your bridge will typically be installed in two dental visits. During the first, your dentist will reshape your surrounding teeth by removing some enamel, allowing room for a crown and bridge to be installed. He or she will then take impressions of your bite, which will serve as templates for your prosthesis to be built. You will be fitted for a temporary bridge to wear while you await construction of your permanent one.

At the second appointment, your dentist will remove the temporary apparatus, then test the viability of the permanent one that has been created.

(There is a chance that, since the first appointment, your mouth has changed or shifted slightly; in these cases, your dentist may need to adjust or resize the permanent bridge and put it into your mouth at a future appointment.) Eventually, the permanent bridge will be affixed into your mouth and begin its work!

Cost of Dental Bridges

Your potential costs will vary based on a number factors, namely your location and the type of bridge created and installed. It is important to discuss these different types with your dentist to arrive at the best conclusion. A metal bridge is the least costly and provides the most durability, but can be fairly noticeable in the mouth. Therefore, many patients opt for porcelain bridges, or porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) bridges. Tooth-colored porcelain is often used for front teeth, where aesthetics matter far more and bite strength is less crucial when compared to back teeth. Conversely, PFM bridges are commonly used in back teeth, where the force of the bite is much more important.

Generally speaking, dental bridges make for excellent prosthetics for missing teeth. They often last 5-15 years (or longer) with strong oral hygiene and regular dental visits. Speech and eating skills often improve after bridgework, and uneven bites are generally not a concern. Not to mention, of course, you can expect improvements in your smile with properly-closed tooth gaps!

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