What is a dental bridge and what is it used for?
If you have a space where you are missing teeth then your dentist can fix you with a dental bridge in order to fill the gap and restore your smile. This option is available whether you have a single missing tooth or even a few in a row. Bridges are normally made of two dental crowns (one on each of the teeth on either side of the gap), and the false tooth (or teeth) that bridge the space in between.
How will I know which tooth replacement option is right for me?
Like all other options, there will be pros and cons with dental bridges. Based on a variety of factors, including your needs, budget, and lifestyle, your dentist will speak with you about which tooth replacement option is best for your unique situation.
Should I choose dental bridges or dental implants?
When it comes to the long-term restoration of your teeth, both dental implants and bridges can get the job done. One important difference between the two is that dental bridges typically need to be replaced after 5 to 15 years, dental implants on the other hand should not need to be replaced for longer.
That said, the dental bridge procedure is significantly less invasive than the dental implant procedure (which is a surgery), and it requires a shorter recovery time as well. In most cases, unlike dental bridges, dental implants are not always covered by insurance and can be much more expensive.
Are dentures or dental bridges the right option for me?
The most notable difference between dentures and dental bridges is that you will be able to remove the dentures when needed. Dental bridges, however, are fixated on the teeth on either side.
Most of the time, a dental bridge will be recommended when there are only a few missing teeth to replace, or when the missing teeth are only on one side of the mouth.
While dental bridges can be more expensive than partial dentures, either option may be covered under your dental insurance plan.
What is the importance of replacing missing teeth?
If you have missing teeth it is imperative that you have them replaced before you experience the more serious dental and health issues that may occur. Not only will you begin to notice difficulties with speaking but the longer it is left, the more likely that the gap will shift causing more severe issues. In addition, the jaw structure around the missing teeth may start to deteriorate, causing facial collapse.
Bridges, implants and dentures are all different solutions that can help prevent these concerning conditions. They all fill the space left by missing teeth, prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting, and help preserve your ability to chew and speak.