Missing teeth can not only be an embarrassing dental problem affecting your daily life, but often leads to additional complex dental problems as a result of shifting teeth and bone loss in the jaw. Owings Mills, MD dentist, Dr. Ed Lazer may offer a dental bridge as a replacement option for a missing tooth. A dental bridge is a restoration that is used to “bridge” a gap between teeth. The bridgework is a series of prosthetic teeth linked together and supported by an anchor on either side of the gap. There are several types of dental bridges and Dr. Lazer will help you make the best decision for your long term goals and dental health. Dr. Lazer may also recommend other cosmetic dentistry treatments, such as teeth whitening or porcelain veneers, for a total smile makeover.
Types of Dental Bridges
Removable Dental Bridge – A removable dental bridge may be suitable as a short term solution to maintain tooth position while preparing for a fixed dental bridge or dental implant. Owings Mills, MD dentist, Dr. Lazer does not recommend removable dental bridges as a long term solution because they do not promote optimal health, esthetics or function.
Fixed Dental Bridge – Also called a partial denture, a fixed dental bridge is a prosthetic tooth that is connected to two dental crowns which cover the teeth on either side of the gap. A disadvantage of this type of restoration is the stress it places on the natural teeth. If neighboring teeth are in good health, this type of dental bridge could put unneeded stress on those teeth, leading to premature wear or cavity formation.
Dental Implant Supported Dental Bridge – A fixed dental bridge, supported by dental implants provides the most natural replacement for missing teeth. Owings Mills, MD dentist, Dr. Lazer has extensive training and experience with dental implants procedures.
Implant supported dental bridges have a 35% higher success rate compared to traditional bridgework and they eliminate the need to degrade adjacent teeth. Additionally, dental implants promote continued bone growth, preventing both bone shrinkage and gum recession associated with traditional bridges and dentures.
The dentist takes many things into consideration when selecting dental bridges vs. implants. While dental implants are the closest thing to a natural tooth, not everyone is a candidate. You must have adequate bone structure to support the dental implant. Depending on the location of the missing tooth or teeth, a dental implant may not be a good choice.
Dental Bridge Repair
If you currently have a dental bridge that needs repair, contact our Owings Mills, MD cosmetic dentistry office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lazer. Depending on the circumstances, he may perform the dental bridge repair or offer a dental bridge replacement.
Schedule a Consultation
Cosmetic & Advanced Dentistry offers consultations to discuss your dental concerns and evaluate your oral health. We offer dental bridges in our Owings Mills, MD and Baltimore, MD area dentist office as a solution for missing teeth. Call (410) 697-6290 to schedule your complimentary consultation or request an appointment online.