Dental bridges help anchor tooth replacements to existing teeth. A dental bridge can be made of metal or resin, depending on the patient's and dentist's preferences. A typical dental bridge consists of a dental implant that fits into the space of the missing tooth, and one or two caps that fit on top of the adjacent teeth. In order for the caps to stay in place, the adjacent teeth must be reshaped. Dental bridges can last up to twenty years so long as the patient follows good dental hygiene. In the US and UK, bridges cost $1,500 or £1,000. Overseas, bridges cost less than half that price in Latin America and Eastern Europe.
In Mexico and Argentina, dental bridges are less than $500 or £350. Many Latin Americans have bridgework, and so dentists are skilled and experienced when it comes to tooth replacements. Before the procedure, the dentist and lab technicians will examine the patient's teeth, then design a set of false teeth and caps that match the patient's tooth shape. During surgery, the dentist will carefully reshape the surrounding teeth and affix the implant to the bone. These dental bridges are made of the same high quality materials that dentist in the US and UK use.
In Poland and Hungary, dental bridges cost about $300 or £200. Eastern European dentists study in some the best dentistry schools in Europe, and use the latest materials and techniques to fabricate bridges.
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