A porcelain bridge is a single dental appliance with a fake tooth, or teeth, in the middle of two crowns which permanently attach to the natural teeth or Implants adjacent to the space of missing teeth. The two most traditional methods of replacing teeth are with Conventional Fixed Bridges and Maryland Bridges. These are used when Implants are not an option for various reasons. One great reason for a dental bridge to replace teeth is their affordable price from our clinics in Mexico.
Conventional Fixed Bridges
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 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.
The Maryland Bridge, mostly used for front teeth, is a crown with “wings”. 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.
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 not only will prevent gum inflammation and infections, but it will 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.
To find out more about how you can get affordable, high-quality dental care in Mexico, call us today at (505) 738-7770 or click this link to send us your inquiry and we’ll get back to you.