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 shrinkage of bone in the jaw. Bel Air, MD dentist, Dr. Melissa Elliott offers dental bridges as a replacement option for missing teeth. Dr. Elliott understands the stress and anxiety of missing teeth and treats her patients with understanding, kindness, and compassion. There are several types of dental bridges and she will help you make the best decision for your long term goals and dental health.
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. A dental bridge can either be removable or fixed and made from a variety of tooth-like materials. Typically, a dental bridge is supported by natural teeth, dental implants, or a combination of the two. When the natural teeth are used to support the bridgework, a dental crown is typically placed to provide additional support and stability. Dental implants can provide long term oral health benefits and do not require preparation of neighboring teeth. Bel Air, MD dentist, Dr. Elliott, will discuss your treatment options and educate you on expected results so that you can make a well informed choice that will support long term oral health.
Dental Bridge vs. Dental Implant
Dr. Elliott will discuss the most suitable replacement options for you at her Bel Air, MD dentist office, but there are several important factors taken into consideration as part of your treatment planning:
Health and bone structure: Only patients in good health, with good bone structure will be candidates for dental implants. In some cases, bone grafting procedures can be complete if additional support is needed. If you are not a candidate for dental implants, a dental bridge may be the best solution.
Cost: While the cost of a dental bridge may be more affordable in the short term than a dental implant, implants typically provide a better long term solution and are less likely to need repair or replacement in the future.
Stable restoration: Dental implants are the closest thing to a natural tooth. The dental implant is anchored to the bone, allowing the patient to eat whatever they want, brush and floss normally, and have unaffected speech. While the dental bridge itself is extremely durable, the concern is for the health of neighboring teeth. If one of the anchor teeth fails or needs dental work, it compromises the entire dental bridge.
Procedure and recovery: Dental implant surgery is a relatively comfortable and quick procedure completed by an experienced oral surgeon. There will be a 3-6 month recovery before the final restoration is completed in order to allow for sufficient healing and integration of the post.
Schedule a Consultation
Lazer & Associates offers consultations to discuss your dental concerns and evaluate your oral health. We offer dental bridges in our Bel Air, MD and Fallston, MD area dentist office as a solution for missing teeth. Call us today to schedule an appointment!