A dental bridge is a device used to fill the space where a tooth has fallen out or been removed. A typical dental bridge consists of a replacement tooth that is attached to two adjacent teeth. Once complete, this bridge structure is bonded into the mouth.
Spaces in the mouth from missing teeth can cause multiple teeth to shift, lead to occlusion (biting) and/or jaw problems and spur periodontal disease.
Options For Missing Teeth
There are various options for replacing missing teeth, all of which can safeguard the integrity of existing teeth and help maintain a healthy, vibrant smile. These options include dental bridges, dental implants and partial dentures. Dr. Lazer can discuss with you which option will work best for your circumstances.
Types Of Dental Bridges
Removable Dental Bridge
Generally, a removable dental bridge is only used for a short term solution. A removable bridge can be used to maintain tooth position while a patient is preparing to have a fixed dental bridge or dental implant. While the cost of a removable dental bridge is appealing, they do not offer good long term benefits and frequently require replacement or repair down the road.
Fixed Dental Bridge
As the name indicates, a fixed dental bridge is permanently fixed in the mouth. In this type of restoration, a replacement tooth is connected to two dental crowns which cover the teeth on either side of the missing tooth.
The dentist may also choose to have a fixed dental bridge secured by dental implants instead of dental crowns. Dental implants provide better long term benefits and do not require preparation of neighboring teeth.
Dental Bridge vs. Implant
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.
Another major difference between a dental bridge vs implant is the cost. Dental implants require a more significant investment initially than dental bridges. However, dental implants are less likely to need future work or maintenance.
Learn more about Dental Implants
Dental Bridge Repair
If you currently have a dental bridge that needs repair, contact our Owings Mills Dental office to schedule an appointment. Depending on the circumstances, we may perform the dental bridge repair or offer a dental bridge replacement.
Call 410.697.6290 to schedule your complimentary consultation or request an appointment online.