If you’re missing a tooth (or teeth), you’ve probably wondered if a dental bridge is right for you. From implants to bridges, there are many options. The best way to determine which procedure is best for you is to speak to a dentist who specializes in cosmetic procedures.
Bridges are a popular solution to replace missing teeth as it utilizes your surrounding teeth to hold your crowns in place. There are many advantages to choosing this solution. Here are 8 of them:
Dental implants are the preferred choice for replacing a missing tooth or set of teeth. However, in some cases, patients may have insufficient bone mass in the jaw, making it difficult or impossible to properly secure it. If the patient is ineligible for dental implants and doesn’t want to receive bone grafts, they can still take advantage of a bridge.
Another reason why some patients may choose bridges over implants is to avoid surgery. Advancements in the industry have reduced the pain or discomfort experienced with implants. However, it is still reasonable for some patients to prefer a less invasive method.
They offer a quick, almost instantaneous solution to a missing tooth. The procedure is a simple, straightforward process that doesn’t require any surgery or long recovery times. Instead, patients can leave the office with a beautiful, full smile without any pain or discomfort.
There are a few different ways that bridges can be secured—removable and non-removable. The non-removable option involves placing permanent caps on the healthy adjacent teeth to securely hold the bridge in place over the area with the missing tooth. Patients on tight budgets may sometimes choose removable bridges that are fixed with metal brackets and require removal for cleaning.
Whether you choose the removable or non-removable option, your dental bridge will stay put through meals and conversations. You won’t have to worry about embarrassing or uncomfortable slips that can sometimes happen with dentures.
With proper care, they can last a long time before needing to be replaced– usually up to 15 years. However, the longevity of your bridge depends significantly on how you treat them. You should take care to brush and floss around it, or remove it for proper, regular cleaning. You should also avoid unnecessary hard chewing that can wear down the crown over time.
Implants offer many benefits—however, the cost is simply too high for some. Bridges provide a great long-term solution at a more attainable price point. Of course, flexible financing options are available for both.
Even though almost 70 percent of Americans have lost a tooth before the age of 44, having a gap in your smile can be embarrassing. Bridges are designed to blend naturally with your smile so that people would never even suspect you had lost a tooth. The crown is usually comprised of porcelain, a durable material that mimics the natural translucence of a tooth.
If you have a missing tooth, schedule an appointment with our highly regarded team at LI Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry. We are experienced in a variety of cosmetic dental procedures and can help you decide which option is best for you.
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