Dental Bridges – The Procedure
These are procedures which are done to hold a false tooth or several false teeth in place. The dental bridge is literally used to fill the gap where a tooth or several teeth were missing.
Dental crowns are used on the teeth on each side of the gap (traditional bridges), and the false tooth or crown goes on the bridge that is placed in the middle. Pontics are what these replacement or false teeth are called, and they can be constructed of alloys, porcelain, gold, and perhaps even a combination of these materials.
Do I Need Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are used for several reasons:
- Tooth loss due to disease
- Tooth loss due to decay
- Tooth loss because of injury
- To help correct eating and speaking functions
If any you have any of the above, then you could be a good candidate for dental bridges. A dental bridge procedure generally does not take more than 2 visits to the dentist’s office.
Since dental bridges are placed on an outpatient basis, it does away with the need for a hospital stay.
Types of Dental Bridges
There are three main types of dental bridges:
- If a crown is created for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, then they are called traditional bridges. These are the most common types of dental bridges, and they can be made of ceramics or porcelain fused to the metal.
- If there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth, they are called cantilever dental bridges.
- If the crown are made of a metal framework which supports plastic teeth and gums, the dental bridges are called Maryland bonded bridges.
It would be up to your and your dentist to choose the best type of dental bridge for your particular needs. It could also be that the dentist you choose for your dental procedure works with one or two types of dental bridges rather than all possible types. If you have a preference, your dental consultant at SmartCare Worldwide will help you find a top quality dentist who specializes in the particular bridges you are looking for.
Dental Bridges in Costa Rica
There will be a recommendation for you to stay in the country about 3 weeks if you are going to get dental bridge work done properly. However, you could always opt for two trips to the country to finish the dental work. The procedure is done in two stages, so it would be best for you to stay the length of time that is required for the entire procedure (2 to 3 weeks).
Contact SmartCare Worldwide
For more information about our network of world class doctors, surgeons, medical facilities and medical tourism procedures in Costa Rica, our medical tourism facilitation services or medical tourism healthcare benefits for employers and employees, speak directly to our expert consultants at 1-855-762-8227, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm CST. You can also fill out our contact form to receive more information plus a free quote for any procedure with no obligation.