If you have a missing tooth, a dental bridge may be a suitable option. Not only can a porcelain bridge be aesthetically pleasing, it can reduce the risk for periodontal disease, as well as return proper function to your bite. By having a bridge placed promptly after losing a tooth, you may be able to prevent other teeth from shifting out of position.
This type of restoration covers the place where one or more teeth are lost from the dental arch. Essentially, a dental bridge is a false tooth that is used to fill the area. Two porcelain crowns are created on either side of the false tooth to provide support. If the surrounding teeth already require crowns, a bridge may work well. And when a bridge is done by an expert cosmetic dentist like Dr. Jenny Miller, it will have a natural, translucent appearance. It will look just like your natural tooth.
Porcelain Bridge vs Dental Implant
Two of the leading treatments to replace a missing tooth are with a dental bridge or a dental implant. The best treatment for you depends on your situation.
Both treatments are are permanent and cannot be removed from the mouth.
Advantages of a Dental Bridge
- A dental bridge is less expensive than a dental implant, and, for that reason, it may be the restoration preferred by your dental insurance company. Dental insurance will usually provide some coverage for an implant, but they would base their reimbursement on what they would have paid had you done a bridge.
- If the surrounding teeth are in poor condition and require crowns anyway, a bridge may be the most practical solution.
- There is no surgery required, so the complete restoration can be done immediately. Implants can require up to six months’ healing time before the false tooth can be placed.
Advantages of Dental Implants
- If the surrounding teeth are healthy, dental implants may be a better treatment alternative. They do not require grinding down the surrounding healthy teeth. An implant is a single, stand-alone fixture.
- There is no stress placed on the surrounding teeth with an implant.
- Bone loss is prevented with an implant because it is surgically implanted into the jawbone.
- Daily hygiene is simple for a dental implant. You brush and floss just like you do a normal tooth. A dental bridge requires special tools such as floss threaders or special brushes to keep it properly cleaned.
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact our office to schedule a complimentary consultation. Dr. Miller will spend a few minutes with you personally and make recommendations based on your unique situation. There is no pressure to commit to treatment at this time. It’s simply an opportunity to gather more information and to help you determine what is best for you.