What are dental bridges and what are they used for?
A dental bridge is a type of tooth replacement option which is cemented in place and used to fill in spaces where you previously had teeth. It can be used to replace a single missing tooth or several missing teeth in a row. Bridges are normally made of two dental crowns (one on each of the teeth on either side of the gap), and the false tooth (or teeth) that bridge the space in between.
The Different Types of Tooth Replacement Options
No matter which dental restoration option you choose there will be advantages and disadvantages. Based on a variety of factors, including your needs, budget, and lifestyle, your dentist will recommend the most appropriate tooth replacement option for you.
Dental Bridges vs. Dental Implants
If you are missing teeth you may consider one of the two more permanent tooth replacement options. These are dental bridges and dental implants. One important difference between the two is that dental bridges typically need to be replaced after 5 to 15 years, while dental implants can last quite a bit longer than that.
That said, the dental bridge procedure is significantly less invasive than the dental implant procedure (which is a surgery), and it requires a shorter recovery time as well. In most cases, dental implants are more expensive than bridges and are less likely to be covered by insurance.
Dental Bridges vs. Dentures
The main difference between dental bridges and dentures is that dentures are removable, while dental bridges are cemented into place using the surrounding teeth.
Bridges can be recommended for patients whose missing teeth are on the same side or if there are only a few in a row.
Dental bridges tend to be a little more costly than partial dentures, but both tooth replacement options are covered by most dental insurance plans.
Why is it important to replace any missing teeth?
A variety of dental health problems can arise when missing teeth are not replaced. It can make chewing and speaking difficult, and over time, the teeth around the gap can shift out of position, worsening the problem. In addition, the jaw structure around the missing teeth may start to deteriorate, causing facial collapse.
Bridges, implants and dentures are all different solutions that can help you avoid these issues. Tooth replacements can help protect and restore the function of your teeth and mouth making it easier to chew and talk while protecting your from future concerns.