Dental Bridge Types: Solutions for Missing Teeth
At Artistic Expressions Dentistry, we always strive to inform patients of all their treatment options. This helps everyone who visits our practice understand the many ways that they can improve their dental health. This commitment to patient education is one reason why we are among the leading dental practices serving the greater Philadelphia area.
Dental bridges are one type of treatment where covering all options matters. Dental bridges are an ideal solution for people missing a tooth or multiple teeth, and as you're about to read, there are different kinds of bridges out there that can help you have a healthy, beautiful, fully functioning smile again.
Ideal Candidates for Dental Bridges
The best candidates for dental bridges are people who are missing a tooth or a few teeth in a row. They should still have healthy teeth beside the tooth gap in order to ensure proper hold and stability of the bridge when it is in place. (This stipulation applies to two of the three bridge types we will discuss below.)
Bridge candidates should have realistic expectations when it comes to cleaning and caring for their bridges. They should also understand the various risks and benefits associated with the different kinds of bridges available.
Traditional Dental Bridges (Removable)
A traditional dental bridge is a removable appliance that is held in place by clasping around the teeth adjacent to the tooth gap. This bracketing to healthy teeth allows the dental bridge to remain in place when a patient bits, chews, and speaks. The dental bridge itself should be removed for cleaning and soaking as directed.
Traditional dental bridges are very effective and remain in place relatively well. They look natural and are carefully customized so patients can smile with confidence.
Dental Crown-Supported Bridges (Fixed)
Dental crown-supported bridges are dental bridges that are held in place by crowns on the teeth adjacent to the tooth gap. This means that the teeth adjacent to the gap are carefully prepped in order to accommodate crowns to fit over them. These crowns are attached to the dental bridge, securing it in place.
Crown-supported bridges offer a stronger hold than traditional dental bridges. They offer the same kinds of aesthetic benefits of traditional bridges as well.
Implant-Supported Dental Bridges (Fixed)
Implant-supported dental bridges are bridges that are fixed in place using dental implants. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into a patient's jawbone and gum tissue. When allowed to heal, these implants fuse with the structures of your mouth and function as natural tooth roots would. The bridge is then snapped into place in the tooth gap.
Implant-supported dental bridges provide the best possible support of any of the bridges we've covered. This is a given when you consider the nature of the oral surgery involved. The dental implants help prevent bone loss and gum recession as well, meaning lasting dental health and great aesthetic results.
Which type of bridge would be ideal for me?
The best kind of dental bridge for you and your needs will depend on a variety of factors, including the density of your jawbone and gum tissue, your eligibility for a surgical procedure, and financial concerns. During the consultation process, we will cover all of these matters in full detail so you can make the best decision based on your situation.
Schedule a Consultation at Artistic Expressions Dentistry
For more information about dental bridges and how they may be the ideal solution for your dental health needs, be sure to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Bruce Wilderman and our entire team looks forward to meeting you in person and helping you have a healthy and beautiful smile.