Dental Bridges: Procedure, Types, Side Effects & Cost

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What Are Dental Bridges?

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Dental bridges are a natural-looking, long-lasting solution to missing teeth. A dental bridge is a false tooth.

They’re made by placing crowns on the surrounding teeth and attaching them together with a false tooth in the middle.

At Every Smile Dentistry, we believe that dental bridges are the best way to replace missing teeth.

They create optimal function and aesthetics in your smile, allowing you to eat, speak, and smile confidently without any discomfort or embarrassment.

In fact, dental bridges are an excellent option for people who have had root canals or gum surgeries because they don’t require any invasive procedures.

At Every Smile Dentistry, we’ve been helping patients get the smile they’ve always wanted since way back till now and we’d love to help you too!

What Qualifies You For A Dental Bridge?

dental bridge concept

A dental bridge is not appropriate for everyone. If a bridge would be advantageous for you, you should discuss this with your dentist. You may be an excellent candidate for a dental bridge if you meet the following criteria:

  1. One or more permanent teeth are missing.
  2. Being in good general health (e.g., no serious medical conditions, infections, or other health problems).
  3. Having solid bone structure and healthy teeth to support the bridge
  4. Having clean teeth.
  5. Able to practice good oral care to preserve the condition of the dental bridge.

Types Of Dental Bridges

dental bridge concept on the table

Dental bridges come in four basic varieties:

  1. Traditional bridge
  2. cantilever
  3. Maryland
  4. Implant-supported

Regular/ Traditional dental bridge

An artificial tooth or teeth are kept in place by dental crowns that have been bonded to each of the abutment teeth in a typical dental bridge.

When you have healthy teeth on each side of the gap left by your missing tooth, you can use a conventional bridge, which is the most common form of a dental bridge.

Dental bridge with cantilevers

Cantilever dental bridges are similar to typical bridges in that just one abutment tooth serves as the anchor for the pontic, which is secured in place by a dental crown.

You just need one healthy tooth next to the gap left by the lost tooth to support a cantilever bridge.

Maryland bridge for teeth

Dental bridges made in Maryland need two healthy abutment teeth—one on either side of the gap—just like a conventional bridge does.

A Maryland bridge, on the other hand, employs a framework of either metal or porcelain that is bonded onto the backs of the abutment teeth, whereas a typical bridge puts dental crowns on the abutment teeth.

A Maryland bridge, like a standard bridge, is only an option if there is a natural tooth on each side of the gap left by the lost tooth or teeth.

Dental bridge supported by implants

As the name suggests, dental implants are used to support bridges rather than frameworks or crowns.

For every lost tooth, an implant is often surgically implanted, and this implant holds the bridge in place.

If it is not possible to place one implant for each lost tooth, the bridge may consist of a pontic hanging between two implant-supported crowns.

An implant-supported bridge often needs two procedures and is said to be the strongest and most stable system:

  1. embedding the implants into the jawbone
  2. another procedure to implant the bridge

The process may not be done entirely for several months.

What Does A Dental Bridge Look Like?

dental bridge concept

A dental bridge, as its name suggests, is a type of bridge that dentists employ to replace lost teeth.

A dental bridge spans over a gap left by one or more missing teeth in order to reconnect the neighboring teeth, much like a bridge spans over a chasm to connect two pieces of land.

A dental bridge resembles a row of teeth in the most straightforward sense. But a dental bridge’s structure is significantly more complex.

The first thing to know is that there are four different types of dental bridges, and each type has a different appearance.

Once in the mouth, all four varieties may appear the same, although there are small distinctions between them.

Why Do I Require A Dental Bridge?

woman opening mouth with missing teeth

Having a lost tooth or teeth can have a variety of effects on you. A dental bridge can take care of those modifications, such as:

  1. getting your grin back
  2. regaining the capacity to chew properly
  3. regaining your speech and pronunciation, keeping your face in its natural shape, and altering your bite to evenly distribute the force when you eat to prevent your remaining teeth from shifting from their natural positions.

Dental Bridge Procedure

dental bridge concept

Getting dental bridges is a process of two steps. First, you need to have your teeth prepared so that they can be fitted with crowns (false teeth).

Then, when you get the new crowns placed, a permanent bridge will be put in place.

The first step is to make sure that all of your teeth are healthy and strong enough to be worked on.

The dentist will then take an impression of each tooth being worked on and will send it off for lab work. Once this is done, the dentist will check to make sure that no nerve tissue has been damaged during the preparation process.

Once everything is approved by the dentist, he or she will place temporary crowns on each tooth being worked on in order to protect them from damage while they heal from any necessary procedures.

After this has happened, the dentist takes another impression of those same teeth so he or she can make sure everything fits correctly before making permanent crowns for each one individually.

Once everything fits perfectly and has healed completely (usually about two weeks but could take longer depending on how much preparation was needed), then comes time for final placement of dental bridges!

This means removing all temporary crowns as well as any other temporary materials used during healing process such as root canal treatment etcetera).

How Much Does A Dental Bridge Cost?

tooth balancing on money

A dental bridge may be partially or entirely covered by dental insurance if you have it.

Without insurance, a dental bridge might cost anywhere between R3 500 and R5 000 per tooth.

Side Effects Of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are frequently used to fill the gap left by one or more missing teeth.

They’re basically a replacement for your natural tooth, but they’re held in place by crowns on either end of the bridge.

Dental bridges can be made of several different materials, including porcelain and gold. They’re typically bonded to your existing teeth with dental cement or dental composite resin.

If you need a dental bridge, you’ll probably have to undergo two separate appointments: one for the preparation work and another for the actual installation of the bridge itself.

If you’re trying to decide whether getting a dental bridge is right for you, it’s important to know about all of its risks as well as its benefits.

The most common side effect is soreness in your jaw because it takes a while for your mouth to adjust after receiving dental cement or composite resin bonding material. 

In rare cases, some patients report feeling dizzy when eating food that has been prepared with certain spices that contain oils such as garlic or onion seeds (because these spices have oil).

Implants Versus Dental Bridges

Bridges are covered by many dental insurance policies, and many now also cover implants.

Depending on how well it is taken care of, a dental bridge could need to be updated every five to fifteen years, whereas implants are thought of as a permanent option.

Dental hygiene is one factor that can shorten the lifespan of all bridge types, including implants.

Dental Bridges Diet Modifications

Dr holding fake teeth and apple

You might need to be extra cautious about what you eat in the immediate aftermath of having your bridge installed because your mouth is healing. During that time, your dentist will provide you with detailed instructions to follow. 

Long-term damage from specific meals to dental bridges or abutment teeth is possible.

You must maintain a balanced diet and stay away from these meals if you want your bridge to last and protect it.

The following foods should be avoided if you have a dental bridge:

  1. Sticky/crunchy candies (can pull crowns off of the abutment teeth)

  2. Hard candies or foods

  3. Sweet foods (can cause tooth decay under the crowns)

  4. Cosmic Nuts

Frequently Asked Questions

You can always submit a contact request if you have more questions or email info@everysmile.co.za

The term “fixed” dental prosthesis does not apply to a dental bridge. We glue the gadget to your teeth, so it stays in place all day and all night. Dentures could be a good alternative if you’re searching for something detachable.

Do you want to know how to make your bridge last longer? This is easy! Try your best to maintain regular preventative care. This entails maintaining regular daily oral hygiene routines, such as brushing and flossing. Additionally, it entails coming in for cleanings and examinations at the intervals we advise – the majority of patients should come in once every six months.

As your mouth heals and adjusts following a dental bridge treatment, you could experience some pain and discomfort. Your dental bridge shouldn’t ache or be uncomfortable once you’ve recovered.



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monde dyantyimonde dyantyi
11:10 16 Jul 23
I have been using Every Smile Dentistry for a while now. The service that I have received from the Doctors is very professional. Currently the only Dr that I use with them is Dr Somthunzi that is very patient with kids. Thank you for the excellent service Dr Somthunzi.
Janice MarriottJanice Marriott
13:54 15 Jun 23
If I could give 10 stars out of 5 - i would....the best experience i have had ever at a Dentis - Dr Somtumzi and her team are Angels-caring, professional, understanding and more....i am now 59 years old- had my 1st full set of upper dentures at the tender age of 19...which gives me 40 years of Denture Experience.....NEVER have i been treated with such dignity and grace - THANK YOU - in fact ....here are my 10 out of 5...**********
Malaika KuenaMalaika Kuena
11:40 10 Jun 23
Surgical tooth extraction was quick and painless. Thanks to Dr Mthunzi and her team in East London.
Bakhe GatyeniBakhe Gatyeni
13:09 02 Jun 23
Sesethu LeqelaSesethu Leqela
15:49 01 Jun 23
Today I went for braces consultation and the service that I received was beyond excellent,from the receptionist lady, dental nurse to Dr Zungu. He came up with many solutions on how we can tackle my issue and explained the process to the level of my understanding. Everyone at the branch is so welcoming 🙏 and super friendly/kind☺️. Please keep it up 💯!!!
Kimone BooysenKimone Booysen
08:29 16 May 23
The staff is sooo friendly. I have a big fear when it comes to dentists, but my dentist calmed me down so well and talked me through what she was going to do and what she was doing while busy. I had an infected tooth that she extracted. I felt no pain and it was over within seconds. I will definitely go back.
Soso MtiniSoso Mtini
14:01 21 Apr 23
We all dread appointments at the dentist but all my worries were put to rest by the lovely Dr Govender. She handled my tooth extraction with such great care and took time to explain the whole process. I appreciate her being so patient with me. Reception was warm and so helpful. Thank you to the whole team for being so professional and efficient.I can't wait to visit the dentist again!
ncediswa xeloncediswa xelo
11:24 12 Apr 23
Yesterday my daughter went for consultation. Wow she's lost of words explaining the Dr's friendliness, warm heart . It was our first visit I'm sold this is going to be our family dentist. Thank you all for your excellent customer service from the receptionist to assistants. Big up !!!!
Damaine JohnsonDamaine Johnson
09:13 20 Sep 22
Dentist knows what she's doing. I personally had my wisdom tooth extracted. Felt no pain at all during the extraction. Clean, professional and affordable. Thanks to the team at Every Smile Dentistry Selborne.
Leverne StrydomLeverne Strydom
17:54 26 Aug 21
I've been with the Dentistry for over two years now and I don't think I'll ever go to another dentist. Very clean and affordable too.I must say their customer service is exceptional!! From the receptionist to the Dr.I would recommend anybody to support Every Smile Dentistry!!
Bonisile NomanyaBonisile Nomanya
09:39 16 Oct 20
The service was exceptional! She explain every procedure throughout. She cleaned me and then removed the damaged one. I recommend Every Smile Dentistry.
Chesznokov ZunguChesznokov Zungu
11:31 20 Mar 20
I really appreciated the level of care and consideration from the staff. I experienced absolutely no pain and was kept comfortable at all times. I will definitely be going back🙂
Ziyanda CisheZiyanda Cishe
09:26 11 Apr 19
Today I had my teeth cleaned at Every Smile Dentistry. I just moved to East London so I was nervous about starting over with a new dentist. Everyone was so friendly and welcoming and the dentist was very gentle and attentive. I recommend Every Smile Dentistry to everyone looking for a pleasant experience at the dentist! 🙂
promise sitholepromise sithole
13:49 05 Jul 23
I have to give credit to Musa, the Doctors assistant. He knows how to treat patients. Im not quite sure about the Doctor, she was not friendly at all. No greetings or whatsoever.
tumelo pitsitumelo pitsi
18:34 10 Jun 23
Wonderful place,my son took out about four of his teeth there.
Tshiamo MokoenaTshiamo Mokoena
13:35 05 Jun 23
Experience and treatment was great , Friendly staff, Excellent service.
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09:31 01 Jun 23
Did slimming wires and I lost 5kg in 6days...the service was exceptional..the Dr and her assistant were very friendly and explained the process...m very happy with their service...THANX EVERY SMILE DENTISTRY
Mamolefe Bavley MoagiMamolefe Bavley Moagi
08:45 22 May 23
Brought my boy who had a tooth ache got to say they have excellent service and they are very good with kids. Great work
Overall, they offer great service and they take care of their clients. They are all so nice and really kind, they made me feel less anxious and comfortable and would constantly ask whether or not I was ohk and comfortable during the procedure. I 1000% recommend this place!!
Perseverance ChaukePerseverance Chauke
15:25 30 Apr 23
The place is overall beautiful and the reception guys are too friendly. My only issue was the doctor. 1st she didn’t greet or introduce herself I had to ask the assistant what the Doctors name was. Also she was not patient with my son and seemed irritated most of the time. I however have to give thanks to Musa who was the assistant that guy is amazing and super patient he made my son super comfortable and explained every process to me and my son.
Nontsikelelo MpanzaNontsikelelo Mpanza
10:02 27 Mar 23
5 stars is not enough for the service in this place! Truly amazed, my daughter is the happiest girl and would definitely recommend these guys. Warmth welcome from entering till exist.
Tshego MnisiTshego Mnisi
07:43 25 Aug 22
I started my braces journey April 2021 and I must say an exceptional experience it was👌🏾. First and foremost my Orthodontist you really out did yourself Sir thank you. Assistant Doctor and the Receptionist thank you for the kind and warm atmosphere you brought.If you want 100% oral hygiene Every Smile is the place to go🙂
Kagiso NtsokoKagiso Ntsoko
04:23 24 Jun 21
My son and I received an exceptional service, from the lady at the reception, dentist and the assistant. Thank you for your manner of serving and please continue with the excellent service.
Takura MalabaTakura Malaba
01:27 09 Jun 21
Very affordable and professional service. Would definitely recommend.
sbusiso Cindisbusiso Cindi
05:08 15 May 21
The lady at reception is very friendly.. Her and Doctor Mphiwe are stars.. For all your dental needs these guys will sort you out 😊😊
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