Introduction to Dental Bridges
Like everyone else, you probably are searching for ways to make your teeth and smiles shine to strike a good first impression anywhere and everywhere you go. For damages our teeth go through, we may start to consider implementing dental bridges to salvage these damages instead of removing the teeth entirely.
In order for you to make the right decision on which prosthodontics to use for your teeth, we’ve compiled all the information you need to know about tooth bridges, which includes its dental bridge costs and types.
About Dental Bridges
Dental bridges, as their name suggests, is a dental restoration that bridges the gaps between a missing tooth or several missing teeth. They are usually made up of one or two fitted crowns placed on your natural teeth to fill in the gaps and holes caused by missing teeth.
These bridges are strong and often look and function like natural teeth. These tooth bridges benefit you as they allow you to chew and consume food with greater ease and comfort, additionally preventing your teeth from shifting around to secure oral hygiene. Dental bridges differ from dental crowns as they serve to be more of a protection.
What are the different types of tooth bridges?
Before implementing dental bridges, there are 3 main types that you should consider, namely traditional bridges, cantilever bridges and maryland bonded bridges.
Traditional Bridges :
They are the most common kind of bridges used. It is done in a way of having one or more fake teeth being held in place by dental crowns. Traditional bridges are a suitable choice for when there is teeth on both sides of the gap created by your missing tooth/teeth.
However, it has it’s disadvantages. The dentist is required to drill the enamel – the outer layer of the tooth, of the teeth adjacent to the gap to create space for dental crowns that will be cemented above. This means the dental crown will be essential from then on since the enamel is no longer present.
Cantilever Bridges :
They are not as typically used as traditional bridges, usually used when there are adjacent teeth found on one single side of the hole caused by the missing teeth. This would mean that one of the tooth’s enamel does not have to be removed.
It costs less than traditional bridges as only 1 fake tooth and 1 dental crown is required, as compared to traditional bridges requiring 1 fake tooth and 2 dental crowns. However, like everything else, cantilever has its own disadvantages. It could loosen or result in teeth fracturing as cantilever bridges are only supported by a single dental crown.
Maryland Bonded Bridges :
It’s a resin-bonded bridge that is made of porcelain, porcelain made to metal, or plastic teeth enhanced with porcelain or metal structures. It has ‘wings’ that are bonded to the inner surface of the adjacent teeth. This would mean that only minimal tooth structure of the healthy adjacent teeth may need to be removed.
This is also the most affordable option out of the 3 different types of dental bridges, but it has its disadvantages as well. They are not as strong and sturdy as compared to the previous types mentioned above, because the bonded edges may fracture or dislodge more easily than the dental crowns in a traditional bridge.
Disadvantages and Advantages of getting dental bridges
In order for you to make a more informed decision on whether to get tooth bridges implemented, we have also compiled a list of disadvantages and advantages of dental bridges for you to weigh out its costs and benefits.
Dental bridges costs in Singapore
Consultation fees are usually $80-$200 for dental bridges. However, the process often requires the use of digital x-ray, which adds another $140.
The tooth bridges itself costs about $1800-$2300 per tooth of implementation. These fees are subject to 7% Singapore Goods and Services Tax and there may be possible reduction in the dental bridges costs if multiple teeth are involved. It often depends from person to person and the above prices mentioned are an average and general gauge.
Medisave does not generally apply to dental bridges treatment.
To conclude on Tooth bridges and its costs
Ultimately, tooth bridges have their advantages and disadvantages that are subjective from person to person. With the information provided above, we hope that you are able to make an informed decision on which type of dental bridge to implement, that best suits you as an individual.
Be sure to seek advice from your dentists as they should know what to do best!
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