Dental bridges are a popular option when it comes to replacing missing teeth. When held in place by crowns, they are are minimally invasive option and are not at risk for slipping like dentures. Thanks to modern dental technology, today’s dental bridges are often indistinguishable from your own natural teeth.
Why are Missing Teeth a Concern?
Many people think of missing teeth as being a primarily cosmetic issue, but the truth is that missing teeth can set you up for significant health problems down the road. When teeth are missing, remaining teeth tend to shift slightly, and you may develop gaps in other areas throughout your mouth. You are also likely to compensate for the missing teeth by chewing on the other side of your mouth, causing those teeth additional wear and tear and the possibility of erosion, fractures, and more missing teeth.
Missing teeth can impede your ability to comfortably enjoy healthy foods you once loved, which can lead to issues with malnutrition, and may also change the sound of your speech, which may lead to problems with self-confidence and self-esteem. Over time, the tissue and bone in the area where your teeth are missing may even atrophy and lead to changes in the shape of your face.
The Advantages of a Dental Bridge
In today’s modern dentistry world, you have several options for replacing missing teeth, including dentures and implant restoration. Each option has its own advantages and drawbacks, and Dr. Maher will discuss these with you at your consultation appointment so that you can work together to make a decision that is right for your needs and lifestyle.
Some of the advantages that dental bridges have over other treatment methods include:
- Many insurance plans that won’t cover dental implant restoration will cover bridges. The best way to determine which options are covered by a dental plan is to call them directly. If you have any questions or need assistance with this, please let us know.
- Dental implants require oral surgery to place the implant post, and this includes a healing time that can be significant although this varies from patient to patient.
- If you have more than one or two missing teeth, dental implants may be cost-prohibitive for some patients.
- Dentures require extra care and supplies to keep them clean and in good condition. Once bridges are placed, they become a part of your mouth and require no extra care other than the good hygiene habits that we recommend for all of our patients.
- Because bridges are affixed in your mouth with either crowns or dental implants, you don’t have to worry about the risk of the appliance shifting or slipping and creating an embarrassing situation.
Are Dental Bridges Right for You?
The best way to find out if a dental bridge is the best option for you is to call today to schedule a consultation appointment and examination with Dr. Maher. He will review your options with you and work with you to create a treatment plan that is custom designed for your unique needs.