Dental bridge - cost, steps, lifespan

A dental bridge can help both aesthetically and , when your teeth are damaged to such an extent that treating them is not possible and a tooth extraction is necessary.

Dental bridge - what is it?

A dental bridge is a prosthetic replacement for one or more missing teeth. They are dental substitutes, just like dental prosthetics and implants. The name comes from its practical placement in the oral cavity, where as a bridge it connects one tooth to another. It solves the aesthetic and functional problems that usually arise after a tooth extraction or tooth loss. They are often mistakenly referred to as a denture. The main difference between a denture and a dental bridge is that the dental bridge is fixed, durable and cannot be removed.

Who is a dental bridge suitable for?

After teeth have been extracted and treated, gaps remain between teeth. The teeth next to the gap where a tooth was removed tend to lean into such a gap. The opposite teeth, in turn, tend to grow more as the bite is released. There may also be a bone loss at the gaps. All of these changes can make subsequent prosthetic (artificial) solutions difficult. It is therefore appropriate to replace the missing teeth as soon as possible. A dental bridge is designed on the basis of an (aesthetic, functional) assessment of the position, length and number of gaps in the jaw. The stability of the remaining teeth, which will have the task of holding the future structure after the bridging, is also taken into account.

  • Aesthetic reason for a dental bridge (example) - A patient is missing a tooth in the front of the dental arch. The tooth gap causes a significant disruption of the smile’s aesthetic appearance and the overall aesthetics of the teeth.
  • Functional reason for a dental bridge (example) - A patient is missing multiple teeth in succession; for example, in the chewing part of the dental arch. The dentition thus loses its functionality, which makes eating more difficult and digestion problems can develop. Other functional problems include impaired articulation and disorders in the temporomandibular joint.

Dental bridges - types and materials

Dental bridges are temporary or permanent, depending on the material: metal, plastic/resin, metal-ceramic or all-ceramic. Resin dental bridges are a temporary solution, used during the healing of extraction wounds, or with implants during healing, so that the patient has teeth in the meantime.

  • Ceramic Dental Bridge - aesthetically more suitable than the replacement of front teeth. In the case of metal-ceramic dental bridges, the metal structure can be visibly exposed over time.
  • Metal-Ceramic Dental Bridge - for aesthetic reasons, this solution is recommended as a substitute for the back teeth. It is made from high-quality ceramics. It is recommended for those whose adjacent teeth are no longer healthy or have been repaired.
  • Dental bridge attached to a dental implant - this is the best solution, because it does not damage your own teeth and the dental bridge is screwed onto the implants. If it is damaged, it can be removed, repaired in a lab or replaced at any time. Maryland Dental Bridge - a makeshift aesthetic solution. It is a dental bridge that does not abrade the pillar teeth. The dental bridge is attached to the supporting teeth by means of metal or other wings.

Dental bridges - procedure before, during and after their application

  1. If the patient opts for a dental bridge, he or she will undergo a detailed clinical examination, and a follow-up schedule and dental treatment will be agreed upon. The teeth used to hold the future dental bridge structure are also called the pillar teeth. If the pillar teeth are healthy and meet the necessary criteria in terms of sufficient stability, the treatment will begin. By adjusting the pillar teeth to the dental bridge, we mean grinding them to the necessary shape (the grinding process is painless). If the stability of the pillar teeth is insufficient or missing, anchoring the dental bridge may be unrealistic in the standard way. However, these missing teeth can be replaced by a dental implant, which can then serve as a pillar for the dental bridge. After the preparation of the pillar teeth by grinding or after the successful introduction of dental implants as supporting elements of the dental bridge, jaw imprints are taken. The model of the dental status in your oral cavity is modelled based on the teeth impressions.
  2. The dental bridge is then made at a dental-technical laboratory. Dental bridge materials are recommended by the dentist based on your health and oral cavity status. The dental bridge made must have a suitable form, shape, colour and function.
  3. The dental bridge is anchored in place in the oral cavity.
  4. Perform proper dental hygiene at home, and also attend a dental clinic at least once every six months. This will extend the life of the dental restoration and save additional costs.

Dental bridge costs

The price of a dental bridge depends on the type of dental bridge, the amount of materials, and the price of the high quality work performed by dental specialists. The price is therefore determined by the type of dental bridge material, and also by the form and time-intensive design (the price difference can also be due to high-quality and precise impression materials, as well as precision and expensive dental technologies). A good dentist takes ample time for a dental bridge and ensures good dental technique – such work cannot be performed as though it were on a production line.  At Schill Dental Clinic, we work with the highest -quality materials for the production of dental impressions. We also work with the best dental laboratories that use the best materials to produce dental restorations.  For dental bridges, we can talk about the following price ranges.

  • The price for a standard metal-ceramic dental bridge in Slovakia ranges from approximately EUR 400 to EUR 2000.
  • The price for a regular all-ceramic dental bridge in Slovakia ranges from EUR 900 to EUR 2500.
  • A full ceramic dental bridge with attachment to an implant (implantation of dental implants included) may cost even more.

Please consider these prices as an estimate only, strictly depending on the scope and nature of the variable factors, technologies and materials.

The easiest solution is to check the current prices on our updated price list, or to inquire via the contact form or phone number.



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