Chester Springs dentist Jason Petkevis, DMD offers dental bridges as a replacement option for missing teeth. There are several types of dental bridges and Dr. Petkevis will help you make the best decision for your long term goals and dental health.
What is a Dental Bridge?
Essentially, a dental bridge is a series of dental crowns. A dental bridge may be used to replace one or more missing teeth and can either be removable or fixed.
Types of Dental Bridges
- Removable Dental Bridge – Generally, a removable dental bridge is only suitable as a short term solution. A removable bridge can help to maintain tooth position while a patient is preparing to have a fixed dental bridge or dental implant. While the cost of a removable dental bridge is appealing, they do not offer good long term benefits.
- Fixed Dental Bridge – In this type of restoration, a prosthetic tooth is connected to two dental crowns which cover the teeth on either side of the missing tooth.
Another option is to have a fixed dental bridge secured by dental implants instead of dental crowns. Dental implants are self supporting, eliminating the need to degrade neighboring teeth as is the case with a traditional bridge supported by dental crowns.
Dental Bridge vs. Implant
There are many things to consider when comparing dental bridges vs. implants. While dental implants are the closest thing to a natural tooth, not everyone is a candidate. It is important that you have adequate bone structure to support the dental implant. Depending on the location of the missing tooth or teeth, a dental implant may not be a good choice.
Another major difference between a dental bridge vs. implant is the cost. Dental implants require a more significant investment, initially, than dental bridges. However, dental implants are less likely to need future work or maintenance.
Dental Bridge Repair
If you currently have a dental bridge that needs repair, contact our office to schedule an appointment. Depending on the circumstances, we may perform the dental bridge repair or offer a dental bridge replacement.