What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a fixed dental appliance that bridges the gap left by missing teeth. It can be used to replace a single missing tooth or several missing teeth 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 do I know which type of tooth replacement to choose?
When it comes to dental restorations and tooth replacements, each option has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Your dentist will consider various factors such as your budget, lifestyle, and specific needs to suggest the most suitable tooth replacement option for you.
Dental Bridges or Dental Implants?
If you're looking for a long-term solution for missing teeth, dental bridges and dental implants are both options to consider. However, it's important to note that dental bridges usually need to be replaced after 5 to 15 years, whereas dental implants can last much longer.
It's also worth mentioning that the dental implant procedure is more invasive as it involves surgery, whereas the dental bridge procedure is less invasive and has a shorter recovery time. Additionally, dental implants tend to be more expensive than dental bridges and may not be covered by insurance.
Dental Bridges or Dentures?
One key distinction between dental bridges and dentures is that dentures can be taken out, while bridges are firmly attached to the neighboring teeth. Typically, a dental bridge is suggested when only a few teeth are missing or if they are on one side of the mouth. Although dental bridges may be slightly more expensive than partial dentures, both alternatives are generally covered by dental insurance plans.
Why replace missing teeth?
When teeth are missing and not replaced, it can lead to various dental health problems. This not only makes speaking and chewing difficult but also causes the surrounding teeth to shift out of position, which can further worsen the issue. Additionally, the missing teeth can cause the jaw structure to deteriorate, leading to facial collapse. To avoid these problems, different solutions such as bridges, implants, and dentures can be used to fill the gap left by missing teeth. These solutions prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting, help you chew and speak properly, and preserve your dental health.