What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a permanent dental device that fills the gap left by missing teeth. It can be used to replace a single missing tooth or a group of missing teeth. Bridges typically consist of two dental crowns (one on each of the teeth on either side of the gap) and a false tooth (or teeth) to fill the gap.
How do I know which type of tooth replacement to choose?
Every dental restoration and tooth replacement has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Your dentist will recommend the best tooth-replacement option for you based on a variety of factors such as your needs, budget, and lifestyle.
Dental Bridges or Dental Implants?
Both dental bridges and dental implants are long-term tooth replacement options. One significant distinction between the two is that dental bridges typically require replacement after 5 to 15 years, whereas dental implants can last much longer.
However, the dental bridge procedure is much less invasive than the dental implant procedure (which is a surgery), and the recovery time is also much shorter. Dental implants are more expensive than bridges in most cases, and they are less likely to be covered by insurance.
Dental Bridges or Dentures?
The main difference between dental bridges and dentures is that dentures are removable, while bridges are fixed to the surrounding teeth.
Most of the time, a dental bridge will be recommended when there are only a few missing teeth to replace, or when the missing teeth are only on one side of the mouth.
Dental bridges tend to be a little more costly than partial dentures, but both tooth replacement options are covered by most dental insurance plans.
Why replace missing teeth?
When missing teeth are not replaced, a variety of dental health issues can arise. It can be difficult to chew and speak, and the teeth around the gap can shift out of position over time, exacerbating the problem. Furthermore, the jaw structure around missing teeth may deteriorate, resulting in facial collapse.
Bridges, implants, and dentures are just a few of the options available to help you avoid these problems. They all help preserve your ability to chew and speak by filling the gap left by missing teeth, preventing the surrounding teeth from shifting, and filling the space left by missing teeth.