Filling the Gaps – Can You Replace Missing Tooth with Dental Bridges?
You’ve got a lot of options when it comes to replacing that missing tooth. So what makes dental bridges so distinct?
Let’s ask a professional!
What is a Dental Bridge?
- The traditional bridge – a crown is created for the teeth on either side of the missing tooth, with the main tooth in the middle. These are made from porcelain or ceramics and are the most common type of bridge.
- The Cantilever bridge – This is a less common procedure and is only used where there are teeth on only one side of the missing tooth.
- Maryland Bonded bridges – These are made from porcelain, metal infused with porcelain and plastic teeth, and are supported by a porcelain or metal framework in the shape of wings. These wings are attached to just one side of the dental bridge and are attached to your existing teeth
Should You Get Dental Bridges for Your Teeth?
The real answer to this question depends on your needs and your budget.
A dental bridge isn’t a permanent fixture. Dental bridges have to replaced every decade or so. Because they are detachable and only connected to your teeth with a set of crowns, they’re less secure and have a shorter life span.
However, dental bridges are less costly than other options, such as dental implants. Nevertheless, if you can afford the long-term costs of replacement and any repair, you can go for this option.
What Other Options are there?
In comparison, a more suitable option is the dental implant. Although more expensive than your average dental bridge, the implant is stronger and durable, and eliminates any need for a replacement.
But a caveat with the latter option is that you must have sufficient bone structure to support said implant. Your teeth must also not have any damage from smoking or diabetes. You must also have a robust immune system. A weaker immune system may cause problems after surgery.
Why not ask a professional for guidance?
Book an appointment and consult with the doctor on what you should do to replace that gap in your smile!