What makes someone need a dental bridge? It used to be that the only real option for those missing teeth was to get dentures. Between odd cleaning procedures and adhesive to keep dentures glued to the roof of the mouth, dentures can be difficult to deal with. Now, there are more options. Dental implants, dental bridges, and the like can be used to help mitigate mouth issues.
Say, for instance, you have three teeth in a row that need root canals. This is a terrible situation, and hopefully it doesn’t happen to you. Root canals are expensive, but a good way to reduce the cost in a situation like this is to go for dental bridges. The dental bridge involves two crowned teeth (or, in some cases, dental implants) on either side of a prosthetic tooth, or pontic.
If you did, indeed, need three root canals in a row, you could save a good bit of money (and pain) by opting for a dental bridge. If you get two root canals and have the outer teeth crowned, you can have the middle one pulled. The resulting bridge would connect the pontic to the crowns, thus preserving the structure of your teeth and mouth.
You might be concerned that three fake teeth in a row would be blatantly obvious, but this isn’t actually true. It used to be that crowns, etc. were made of metal. The metal teeth were usually gold or silver, and they would stand out a good bit from the rest of your mouth. Now, though, crowns and pontics are made from a resin or porcelain, and they can be manipulated to match the color of the rest of your teeth. Unless you look very closely, it is almost impossible to tell that some of your teeth are not actual teeth.
You also can opt to go for dental bridges if you lose a lot of teeth in a row. Rather than have all dental implants, you can save money and recover time by going for dental bridges. Essentially, you can get two dental implants and have a pontic placed between them. It’s cheaper and safer than all dental implants.
If you’re just missing one tooth, you could get a bridge, but bridges do involve manipulating the teeth on either side. They need to be filed down and crowned. Otherwise, the result is an unpleasant one – you would have disproportionately large “teeth” on either side of the pontic. This would disrupt you mouth and be painfully obvious to anyone whom you encountered.
The best means of deciding, though, is talking to your dentist. Dentists can take into account health and monetary concerns and make recommendations that are best for your health and your wallet. It’s important to be open about your concerns. If you are, your dental options will be tailored to you, and you can get the most out of your dental experience, even in San Antonio, TX. With patience and personal investment, you’ll be on your way to better dental health.
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