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Dental Bridge

It's a nightmare for anyone-you have a serious accident and one of your teeth is knocked out. Does that mean your smile will always have a tooth gap?

The good news is that there actually is a solution. A dental bridge is an artificial tooth that will match all of your other teeth. Most dental bridges are fitted permanently so that you simply take care of it the way you did before you lost your tooth. Some dental bridges are removable-much like dentures. Dental bridges can also involve more than one tooth if that is needed.

How do dental bridges stay in your mouth? The simplest and most common type of dental bridge is a plastic tooth that is attached with metal fittings to the surrounding teeth. Sometimes, this involves putting crowns on the surrounding teeth-especially when they have also been damaged. Another type is the dental implant, which is actually attached in the bone, the way that your natural teeth are. This implant is the most expensive and invasive type of dental bridge.

Like natural teeth, dental bridges last longer if you take good care of them. They should last at least 5 years, but if well taken care of, they can last as long as 15 or even 20 years. The cheapest dental bridges might be as little as $500 or as much as $30,000 for implants. Expect to pay between $1,000 and $3,000 for basic dental bridges. There are a few sites that can answer any other questions.