Dental bridges have been a traditional treatment option for replacing one or several consecutive missing teeth. Depending on your personal oral health and cosmetic goals, Dr. Elliott may recommend a dental bridge to restore your smile. Dental bridges are often a cost effective alternative to dental implants.
A dental bridge is permanently bonded to “anchor” teeth on either side. A bridge may either be connected to two dental crowns, which cover the teeth on either side of the missing tooth, or secured by dental implants. Dental implants can provide long term oral health benefits and do not require preparation of neighboring teeth:
Reduced bone loss: the implanted titanium post of the implant serves as a prosthetic tooth root and helps to stabilize the bone tissue where a tooth is lost.
Natural function: dental implants are essentially prosthetic teeth which are permanently secured by an implanted post for normal speaking and chewing ability.
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 What to Expect
A dental bridge is a fabricated tooth or teeth that are stabilized by two adjacent natural teeth. Dr. Elliott will prepare your mouth for your dental bridge by adjusting the surrounding teeth to fit the bridge.
A dental lab will fabricate a custom designed bridge that will fit in your mouth comfortably. Your restorations will be color matched to blend in with your natural teeth. Once complete, this bridge structure is bonded into the mouth so that your restoration is secure and gives you back normal function.
Dental Bridge vs Dental Implants
Dental implant secured bridges do not require healthy adjacent teeth to be compromised. 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. Adequate bone structure is required to support the dental implant. Depending on the location of the missing tooth or teeth, a dental implant may not be a good choice and a partial denture will be an ideal treatment.
Another 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. Dental bridges are an economical procedure for replacing missing teeth. With proper maintenance, dental bridges can be an effective restorative dental treatment.
Why choose Harford County Dentistry?
Dr. Melissa Elliott and the dedicated team of dental professionals at Harford County Dentistry provide the personalized, comprehensive care that your family needs to keep everyone’s smiles beautiful and healthy. With a focus on disease prevention, we work with patients on an individual basis to help you achieve and enjoy good dental health.
Dr. Elliott offers cosmetic and restorative dental services to meet your needs and keep your smile looking and functioning its best in the long run. As a partner in your total health care, we take the time to get to know you and address your unique risk factors when it comes to maintaining a healthy smile that also supports your best quality of life.