Dental Bridges Overview
Plano, TX cosmetic dentists, Dr. Ron Bosher and Dr. Tim Nguyen, offer dental bridges for patients missing a tooth. Teeth are made to support each other. If a tooth is missing, the other teeth will drift or move over time. This can lead to multiple problems, such as a decreased ability to chew food, TMJ joint pain, teeth migration and food traps. A dental bridge can replace missing teeth and give patients a complete, natural-looking smile. Dental bridges help to “bridge” the gap to replace missing teeth. Once they are placed, they cannot be removed. If patients are missing one or more teeth, they may benefit from a dental bridge.
Dental Bridges Reviews
"I've been seeing Dr Bosher for about 10 years. He's really patient & explains everything he is doing. His staff is great & has accommodated me when I had a dental emergency on a weekend. He had me come in early Monday before they really opened. It made that process a lot less stressful! Thanks Dr B!"- L.C. / Google / Mar 02, 2016
"The best of the best! Everyone in the office is wonderful. They make you feel like your the only patient that day. Dr. Bosher does amazing work and I have never been disappointed."- A. / Demandforce / Oct 13, 2016
"Dr. Bosher is truly one of a kind. He has taken such good care of not only my teeth but also my overall health. He is so kind and caring and knowledgeable and I feel so comfortable in his office. His staff is amazing- you are in such good hands with Dr. Bosher - you won't meet another dentist like him!!!"- C.L. / Demandforce / Nov 09, 2016
"Dr Bosher and staff are very attentive and caring professionals who deliver the very best in dental services. I spent almost 4 hours in the dental chair having a variety of procedures performed and I wasn't afraid because Dr Bosher and his Assistant ensured that I was comfortable and they took their time which I appreciated. If you grew up being afraid of going to the dentist like I did, then I would highly recommend going to Dr Bosher's office because the warm and welcoming atmosphere and the high level of care will quickly make you a dental fan."- A.I. / Citysearch / Jan 02, 2014
"Dr. Ron is always personable and happy! Excellent knowledge of his profession and the care of his patients."- K.W. / Demandforce / Jan 09, 2018
What to Expect with Dental Bridges
Before the dental bridge is placed, the adjacent teeth are reduced in size to accommodate for the thickness of the crown. We will take an optical laser scan of the patient’s teeth using our advanced CAD/CAM technology to make a model that duplicates the mouth. With the model, the bridge is created. Patients will be given a temporary bridge while the model is being created. After the temporary bridge is removed, the new bridge will be placed with accuracy and bonded to the adjacent teeth. If necessary, the dentist can make adjustments to ensure patient comfort.
Dental Bonding Estimated Cost
The average cost for a dental bridge ranges between $4,200 to $6,700 per tooth, depending on the materials used to make the bridge. Most dental insurance companies cover up to half the cost of a dental bridge. This depends on the coverage provided, which will be discussed during the treatment consultation.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $4,200 - $6,700
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
Dental Bridges FAQ
Men and women with missing teeth are the best candidates for dental bridges. Gaps between teeth can lead to a variety of health and dental issues.
Why Dental Bridges?
When teeth are missing, other teeth will move over time and cause multiple problems for the patient. Patients may have a decreased ability to chew food, TMJ joint pain, teeth migration that affects the appearance of teeth and food traps that lead to bacterial build up and infection.
There are several types of materials that dental bridges can be made out of. Traditional fixed bridges can be made out of porcelain, porcelain to metal, zirconium, and even gold. Patients are encouraged to consult with the dentist to figure out which material works best for their aesthetic goals.
Are There Disadvantages?
- Potentially much greater long term cost as compared with implants
- Can not easily floss around the bridge, as the teeth are fused together
- Potentially more sensitivity for awhile, since the adjacent teeth have been crowned
- Patients are often hesitant to crown the adjacent teeth especially if they are in their original condition