There are a number of options for patients who have missing teeth. During a comprehensive evaluation and consultation, Dr. Grapevine will review your options and help you make the best selection to fit your long term goals.
About Dental Bridges
There are several types of dental bridges and Dr. Grapevine can help you choose which is right for you:
A removable dental bridge is usually only recommended for patients who need a short term solution to maintain tooth position while they are preparing to have a fixed dental bridge or dental implant.
For a fixed dental bridge, a prosthetic tooth is connected to two dental crowns which cover the teeth on either side of the gap. One of the caveats of a dental bridge is that it places stress on the natural teeth. Particularly if they are healthy teeth, this is of concern because it causes wear and can lead to the formation of cavities.
Dental Bridge vs. Implant
One of the most important differences between a dental bridge vs. implant is that a dental implant is the closest thing to a natural tooth. In fact, most people forget they have a dental implant. Dental implants are an extremely conservative solution and present the least number of problems in the future.
Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or several teeth depending on the individual case. Though there is a significant initial investment with dental implants, they will last a lifetime and require little to no cost for follow up maintenance.
Treatment For Missing Teeth
If you have a missing tooth or need to have a tooth pulled, you have several options for replacing the tooth. It is important to replace missing teeth quickly to prevent damage to the bone or gum structure and neighboring teeth.
Options for replacing missing teeth include:
- Dental Implant
- Fixed Dental Bridge
- Removable Dental Bridge
- Denture or Partial Denture