There are many choices for restoring missing teeth. How do you know which one is right for you? If you’re missing multiple teeth in a row, a dental bridge can replace all of those with one device. At Coastal Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry we offer both implant-supported bridges and natural bridges.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Most commonly, you see them replacing multiple missing teeth in a row. Prosthetic teeth are attached to the bridge, which is then fitted onto your natural teeth on each end, or dental implants. Dr. Cappy Sinclair offers both traditional and implant-supported bridges, as well as a resin-bonded bridge for our younger patients.
Fixed Dental Bridge
For a fixed dental bridge, support comes from your natural teeth. Dr. Sinclair will most likely fit those teeth with dental crowns to offer more stability and less harm to your teeth. However, being attached to natural teeth can cause dental issues. It makes those anchor teeth more susceptible to wear and tear from the bridge or cavities. A lot of stress is placed on natural teeth to support the bridge.
To avoid wear and tear on your natural teeth, an implant-supported bridge is exactly what it sounds like — a bridge supported by dental implants. One or more dental implants can be placed in your jaw, giving the bridge more stability. You won’t have to worry about extra dental issues caused by your restoration.
This treatment is primarily used for younger people that aren’t candidates yet for dental implants. Younger children may have teeth missing congenitally or from trauma. For this solution, the prosthetic tooth is bonded with resin to the teeth beside it. This keeps it in line, making it feel like a natural tooth. It’ll be stable enough for the child to use their teeth normally but is still temporary so that it can be replaced in the future.
Why Should I Choose a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges are a convenient and flexible form of tooth restoration. You may not want to spend the price on implants, especially if you have multiple teeth missing. A dental bridge can do it at a lower cost, even if you have an implant or two to support the bridge.
Having a temporary solution like the resin-bonded bridge is also ideal for someone who’s worried about committing to a permanent restoration. Many forms of restoration, like dental implants, are permanent. You may want to have something that you can always get removed if you’re not happy with the way the restoration is performing.
Dental Bridges in Virginia Beach, Virginia
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