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Explore Bridge Options in Modern Dentistry


Dental bridges are an excellent solution for replacing missing teeth and restoring your smile’s functionality. A dental bridge consists of a false tooth or multiple teeth anchored between two crowns that are attached to neighboring natural teeth or dental implants. These bridges not only fill in the gaps left by missing teeth but also prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting, maintaining proper bite alignment. With advances in modern dentistry, there are various types of bridges available, including traditional porcelain bridges, fixed bridges, and Maryland bridges. Our experienced dental team is here to help you understand and choose the best bridge option for your unique needs, ensuring a confident and radiant smile for years to come.

Three Traditional Bridge Options

Discover the benefits of a traditional porcelain bridge as a solution for missing teeth. This dental appliance consists of a realistic-looking fake tooth or teeth positioned between two crowns. These crowns are securely attached to either natural teeth or implants adjacent to the gap caused by missing teeth. When dental implants are not feasible for certain reasons, conventional bridges, fixed bridges, and Maryland bridges offer effective alternatives. At our offices in Mexico, they provide dental bridges at an affordable price, making it a great affordable option for restoring your smile.

Implant-Supported Bridges

A dental implant being placed into the lower jaw of a tooth.

 

An implant-supported bridge is a highly durable and stable option for replacing multiple missing teeth. This innovative dental solution involves the placement of dental implants in the jawbone to serve as secure anchors for the bridge. Unlike traditional bridges that rely on neighboring natural teeth for support, implant-supported bridges offer enhanced stability and prevent the risk of adjacent teeth getting compromised. This results in improved bite function, natural-looking aesthetics, and long-term tooth replacement that can last for many years. Our experienced dental professionals specialize in implant-supported bridges, providing patients with reliable and long-lasting solutions to restore their beautiful smiles.

 

 

Traditional Bridges

A model of the teeth and gums are shown.

A Conventional Fixed Bridge looks like three or more crowns attached together, where the middle pontic (replacement tooth) is solid porcelain, and the abutment (attachment teeth) is hollowed porcelain fused over metal to fit over the existing teeth. If natural teeth are involved vs. Implants, the dentist uses the same procedure to shape an individual tooth for a single crown as they do for a bridge. The only difference between preparations is that a bridge involves more than one tooth. A bridge is permanently fixed in place by cementing the crowns over the existing prepared teeth. The significant difference between crowns and bridges is the price! Think of the cost of one crown times three, which could be around $3,600 for a dental bridge in the U.S. In Mexico, a dental bridge is so much more affordable, where you can get a 3-unit dental bridge for around $1275. A three-unit dental bridge in Mexico is about half of the price in the U.S. and much cheaper than an Implant anywhere.

Maryland Bridges

A tooth with metal braces on it's lower teeth.

 

The Maryland Bridge, mostly used for front teeth, is a crown with “wingsâ€. The most common construction is where a porcelain pontic has metal bands on either side and is bonded behind the two adjacent teeth. Although it is not as durable as a Conventional Bridge, it is used in appropriate cases, such as a child too young for Implants. The advantage of this bridge is that it is reversible because the abutment teeth are not drilled away for crowns, and they are often less expensive than Conventional Bridges. An inconvenient limitation of the Maryland Bridge is one must be cognizant of avoiding hard foods that could break the bridge, which is a hardship, especially when a reliable permanent Conventional Bridge can be made in Mexico for such an affordable price.

Maintaining Bridges

There is a small gap between where the bottom of the pontic tooth meets the gum. Food can easily slip or wedge under the fake tooth and can cause gum problems below or around the crowned teeth. Therefore, it is imperative that the bridge is kept clean under both the fake tooth and the sides between the gum and the crowned teeth attached to it. Proper oral hygiene home care will not only prevent gum inflammation and infections, but it will also prolong the life of your bridge. Water Picks are a great tool to flush particles out of dental bridges. However, if gadgets aren’t your thing, simple floss threaders or Super-floss are cheaper ways to run floss under the fake tooth. With a small amount of attention given to your dental care, you can make your affordable Mexico investment last a lifetime.

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