If you have a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth, you may be weighing the pros and cons of various tooth replacement options. Here, our Calgary dentists discuss some of the dental health benefits of getting a dental bridge.
What, exactly, is a dental bridge?
Dental bridges are fixed dental appliances that bridge the space left by missing teeth. A bridge is typically made up two dental crowns (one on the each of the teeth on either side of the gap), and the false tooth (or teeth) in between.
How do I know what type of tooth replacement is right for me?
Every dental restoration and tooth replacement comes with its pros and cons. Based on your needs, budget, and lifestyle, your dentist will recommend the most appropriate option for you.
Dental Bridges or Dental Implants?
Both dental bridges and dental implants are long-term solutions for missing teeth. One difference is that dental bridges typically need to be replaced every 5 to 15 years or so, while dental implants can last significantly longer than that.
That said, the dental bridge procedure is less invasive and requires a shorter recovery time than the dental implant procedure, which is a surgery. In addition, dental implants are usually more expensive than bridges, and are less likely to be covered by insurance.
Dental Bridges or Dentures?
The primary difference between dental bridges and partial dentures is that dentures are removable, while bridges are fixed.
A dental bridge is usually recommended when there are fewer missing teeth to replace, or when the missing teeth are only on one side of the mouth.
In general, dental bridges are a little more costly that partial dentures, but both options are usually covered by dental insurance.
What are the benefits of replacing missing teeth?
Missing teeth should be replaced because their absence can cause a variety of dental health problems. They can make chewing and speaking difficult, and over time, the surrounding teeth can shift out of position. In addition, the jaw structure around the missing teeth can begin to deteriorate, causing a condition called facial collapse.
Bridges, implants and dentures can all help you avoid these issues. They all fill the space left by missing teeth, prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting out of position, and improve the patient’s ability to chew and speak.