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. The benefits of dental implants include:
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.
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Harford County Dentistry offers consultations to discuss your dental concerns and evaluate your oral health. We offer dental bridges near Bel Air, MD and Fallston, MD area dentist office as a solution for missing teeth. Call us today to schedule an appointment!
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.
If you choose dental implants to secure your bridge, a treatment plan will be created. For the surgical placement phase of the implant process, we will be coordinate with a local oral surgeon or periodontist.
A temporary dental bridge will be placed for your comfort. After a 3 to 6 month healing period, you will return to our Fallston dentist office for the permanent placement of your dental bridge.
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.
Bridges do not require a lot of additional care. As long as you are implementing great brushing and flossing techniques, your bridge will last a long time. Be sure to floss underneath the ‘false’ tooth in order to keep the bridge area clean. Your dentist and dental hygienist will go over care instructions at your next appointment.
Your bridge may last around 10 to 15 years, or even longer! Bridges are made to be durable and last a while before needing to be replaced. You might need to replace a bridge sooner of you are experiencing gum pain, gum infections around the bridge, and toothaches on the anchor teeth.