Missing teeth is an embarrassing dental problem that can affect your daily life. It can lead 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 restorative dentistry 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 false teeth that link together. Anchors on either side of the gap will support it. A dental bridge can either be removable or fixed.
Typically, a dental bridge is supported by natural teeth, dental implants, or both. When the natural teeth are used to support the bridgework, a dental crown is typically placed to provide extra support and make it more stable. Dental implants can provide long term oral health benefits and do not require the use of remaining teeth.
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 best options for you at her Bel Air, MD dentist office. She will take several important factors 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, we may recommend additional bone support. The may need bone grafting or a sinus lift. 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 dentist will anchor the dental implant to the bone, allowing the patient to eat whatever they want, brush and floss normally, and have better speech. While the dental bridge itself is very durable, the concern is for the health of anchor teeth. If one of them 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 to allow for healing and integration of the post. Then we will take steps to make your final restoration and secure it to the implants.
Schedule a Dental Exam Today
Harford County Dentistry offers consults 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!