If you’re missing a tooth, a bridge or implant could give you back a functional and beautiful smile. You may be confused, however, about which one to get.
What Are Dental Bridges?
A bridge is a restoration that spans a gap between teeth. The bridge caps the neighboring teeth with dental crowns and suspends a false tooth over the empty space. Bridges are most often made from porcelain for a natural look and feel.
How Dental Implants Work
Dental implants are tiny metal screws the dentist places into the jaw bone. These artificial tooth roots support a dental crown as the tooth replacement. Implants don’t require capping the neighbor teeth since they function independently.
Differences Between Bridges and Implants
Dental bridges can be completed in just a couple of appointments. Getting a bridge is not an surgical procedure, so it’s usually safe for everyone. Once you get a bridge, it will stay with you for several years until it needs to be replaced.
Implants require more work and planning than bridges. Because getting an implant is a minor surgical procedure, your oral and general health have to be in good shape before you can qualify for the treatment.
The advantages implants have over bridges is that they are permanent and don’t require reshaping any healthy neighboring teeth.
If, however, you have other teeth around the empty gap that are in need of crowns or fillings, then you may be better off getting a bridge. In this case, a bridge can serve the dual purpose of filling in a gap and restoring other decayed teeth.
Contact a general dentist to find out which restoration is right for you.
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Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
People have relied on dental bridges for decades. Not just patients as a whole – some individuals have literally had a fixed dental bridge hold up for years!
A dental bridge is a false tooth suspended between functional dental crowns, and it’s a great way to fill in a gap left by missing teeth. Completing your smile with this restoration isn’t the only solution, however.
How do you know if a dental bridge is right for you?
When a Bridge Is a Good Idea
People who aren’t able to have dental implant surgery usually opt for a dental bridge. They could be limited by the cost or by their health. Getting a bridge is more conservative budget-wise
A bridge is often the preferred alternative to a removable partial denture. If you don’t want to deal with the hassle (and occasional embarrassment) of wearing a removable appliance, then you might like a fixed bridge.
Cons of a Dental Bridge
Dental bridges can be a little tricky to clean underneath. But daily cleaning is essential to keeping the gums and neighboring teeth healthy. There are special floss and flossing tools designed for wiping away plaque and food from under a bridge.
The biggest downside to a bridge is that it often requires one or two healthy teeth to be trimmed down for crowns. The bridge needs something for support! But using those teeth for crowns could wind up shortening their lifespan.
Ultimately, it’s up to you and your dentist to figure out which restorative solution is best for your smile. Your dentist will explain how your lifestyle, health, and the shape of your factor into the decision.
Contact your dentist today to schedule a consultation.
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Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
For decades, dental bridges have restored smiles around the world. But before you decide to fill the gap in your smile with a dental bridge, take some time to consider the following questions.
How Will This Affect My Other Teeth?
A dental bridge is simply two dental crowns that rest on the teeth on either side of the gap. Between them, they support one or two false teeth which hang suspended over the gums. Dental crowns are not permanent. With time, the crowns supporting your bridge will need to be replaced. Every time they are replaced, those teeth will get weaker.
It’s one thing if the teeth around the gap have damage or decay. But if they’re perfectly healthy, why crown them? They will last much longer if left as they are.
Do I Need A More Permanent Solution?
As mentioned above, your bridge won’t last forever. If you want a solution that you never have to worry about again, dental implants may be right for you.
Dental implants still require some care, but as long as you’re healthy, they will likely never need to be replaced.
Can I Keep A Bridge Clean?
A dental bridge is the fastest and simplest option for restoring a secure bite. If you choose to get one, you should be prepared to take good care of it so that it lasts as long as possible. Cleaning your bridge is not as simple as brushing it. You’ll need to access the underside of it in addition to flossing around the crowns.
Talk with your dentist about the tooth replacement option that’s right for you.
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Dentistry of Highland Village
3651 Weslayan St. #208
Houston, TX 77027
When you’re missing a tooth or two, you notice the difference.
A gap in your smile can make you camera-shy. You might find that you can’t chomp into a sandwich the way you used to. Your gums in the empty space might even get irritated from food that gets stuck in there. A partial denture is a very common solution for filling in the gap. But is this the solution for you?
What to Expect with a Partial Denture
Partial dentures (sometimes also called a “flipper”) are removable prosthetic appliances. This means that it serves to replace a missing tooth, but not permanently.
The partial is usually a blend of acrylic and metal. It is custom-fitted to anchor onto a couple existing teeth. Attached to this appliance is one or more false teeth. They are made to blend in perfectly with the surrounding natural teeth.
Problems with Partials
You should be aware that partial dentures:
Partial Denture Alternatives
You might prefer the idea of a dental bridge. It’s cemented to two teeth on either side of a gap, filling in the space with false teeth suspended between them. Bridges can be a little tricky to clean, but you don’t have to worry about losing them!
The most permanent option is a dental implant. Implants are for life and can be cared for just like a natural tooth. If implant surgery is not an option for you and you don’t want a bridge placed on healthy teeth, then a partial may be your best bet. Talk with your dentist for more information.
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Avalon Dental Group P.C.
2205 Williams Trace Blvd #108
Sugar Land, TX 77478
Your bridge is a big responsibility. It cannot simply be placed and then forgotten. A bridge represents a long-term investment that must be maintained, if it is to last. If neglected, a bridge could eventually fail, resulting in the need for more-involved treatment. The longer you care for your bridge, the longer you will enjoy its support. Let’s now review three oral hygiene devices that are essential to maintaining healthy teeth and gums around a bridge.
This floss allows you slip one stiffened end underneath your bridge, and carefully sweep a fluffy, fibrous segment underneath the false tooth. The absorbent segment on tufted floss is gentle on gums.
This automated device is designed to propel water along the gum line and between teeth to help flush out bacteria not removed through flossing. This water flow is particularly helpful around bridges, which can be difficult to access with floss.
This simple plastic needle makes it easier for you to slip floss under your bridge so that you can keep the “anchor teeth” clean, below the gum line.
Taking good care of your bridge may sound like a chore, but it is well worth your time and effort. If you would like to find out more about the options available for cleaning your bridge, ask your local dentist for suggestions. Your dentist or hygienist will be able to evaluate your technique and make recommendations for adjusting the way you clean your bridge. Take advantage of the help offered at your dentist’s office to get the most out of your bridge!
Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
Missing teeth make it harder to eat and have a huge impact on the appearance of your smile. Even if the missing tooth isn’t visible to other people, your other teeth can start to move and change that. Replacing your tooth as quickly as possible will prevent this from happening and restore your confidence. But deciding how you want to replace your tooth is still a huge decision. Here are the top 3 ways patients often replace missing teeth:
With a dental implant you can replace the entire tooth. That includes the crown and the root. By replacing the root at the same time, you prevent bone loss in the jaw. Implant roots are extremely durable and typically last an entire lifetime. They can be used to anchor individual crowns, bridges, or even dentures.
Bridges are porcelain crowns fused together and supported by neighboring teeth. They require healthy teeth adjacent to the missing tooth and typically last for about 10 years before needing to be replaced. Bridges can also be anchored onto implant roots.
Removable Partial Dentures / Flippers
Affordable and removable, partial dentures and flippers are a simple way to replace missing teeth, either temporarily or for long-term purposes. Some people use these to retain spacing before investing in a permanent option like an implant or bridge.
Which replacement treatment is an option for you? It could be just one or it might be all of the above options. Schedule a quick exam and x-ray with your dentist to find out more about how each type of treatment fits your lifestyle and budget!
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill, York County, South Carolina 29708
People face a number of challenges when they are missing one or more teeth. Often their smiles are impacted, as well as their ability to chew and speak properly. Dental bridges are a great solution to permanently fill in the gap where the extracted tooth was once located.
Dental bridges are created by a dental lab that creates a replacement tooth to ‘bridge” the gap that exists when a tooth was removed. The dental bridge also has a crown on each side of the false tooth, which secures the bridge to the patient’s existing “abutment” teeth. Typically bridges are made out of either gold, porcelain or several alloy metals.
The dentist will prepare the abutment teeth by removing some of the tooth enamel. Once removed a mold of the impacted area is made and sent to a dental lab, where the dental bridge is fabricated. The dentist will place a temporary dental bridge over the abutment teeth while the permanent bridge is being made. Once the bridge is completed, the dentist will take great care to make sure that the bridge fits properly and that the patient’s “bite” is correct.
In some cases numerous visits will be required in order to make sure that everything is correct before the bridge is permanently cemented into place. Once cemented into place, the patient can expect to get years of service out of the bridge. In addition, they will see immediate benefits of the bridge including a great smile, improved chewing, as well as clearer speech. Speak with your dentist to see if a dental bridge is a good solution for you!
Posted on behalf of Prime Dental Care
If you have one or more missing teeth, you have several options available to you. Each option has its pros and cons and your dentist will help you decide which option is the right choice for you. The most widely used techniques for replace missing teeth are implants, a partial denture, or a bridge.
A bridge is a very common way to replace missing teeth. A dentist trims the adjacent teeth, then a prosthetic bridge is made that is cemented to the teeth adjoining the missing tooth or teeth. The results are permanent and the teeth look natural and feel comfortable. A bridge is relatively expensive and cannot be used for some patients. For example, a bridge could not be used if there were no teeth on one side of the missing teeth, or where the adjoining teeth are too weak to support the bridge.
Dental implants are a fairly recent development in dentistry and are an excellent choice for replacing missing teeth. With an implant, a metal anchor is surgically implanted into the patient’s jawbone. After allowing several months for the jawbone to heal, a prosthetic tooth is attached to the implant. Implants are a permanent solution and look and feel natural. Like bridges, they are expensive and the entire procedure can take six to nine months due to the time needed for the jawbone to heal. Also, they are not suitable for patients who do not have sufficient bone density to hold the implant.
Finally, a partial denture is an option for many dental patients. Partial dentures are removable devices which have teeth attached to a pink colored base. The device clips onto your remaining teeth. These are the least expensive option, but they have an unnatural feel and are the least natural looking of the three options.
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