Are you looking for a fully functional tooth replacement, but don’t want to get dental implants? Dental bridges can sometimes function as well as dental implants, but don’t require surgery. You can get attractive replacement teeth that let you speak clearly and eat a wide variety of foods.
Not everyone is a good candidate for dental bridges. If you want to learn whether dental bridges are right for you, please call (907) 274-7691 today for an appointment with a reconstructive dentist at Denali Dental Care.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
A dental bridge is a tooth replacement option that uses dental crowns attached to replacement teeth to bridge a gap in your smile. The crowns fit over natural teeth and are bonded for support. Dental bridges are:
- No surgery required
- Permanently fixed in your mouth
- Fully functional for biting, chewing, and speaking
Dental bridges aren’t implanted into your jawbone. That means you don’t need surgery to place them. It’s a procedure more like the placement of a regular dental crown.
They fit seamlessly into your smile. The dental crowns and replacement teeth perfectly match your natural teeth to give you a renewed and attractive smile.
With the crowns bonded to your natural teeth, dental bridges don’t have to be removed for cleaning. They can be worn at all times, so they’re always there when you smile.
And because they’re fully fixed, dental bridges work just like natural teeth for biting, chewing, and speaking. You can forget about your bridge most of the time.
Dental bridges don’t last as long as dental implants, but they can still be very long-lasting. A well-placed and properly maintained dental bridge can last ten or fifteen years.
Limitations of Dental Bridges
However, dental bridges are not always the best tooth replacement option. They have many limitations and disadvantages, because they:
- Can only be used in limited situations
- Depend on natural teeth for support
- Can put natural teeth at risk
- Don’t stimulate bone or gums
Because dental bridges don’t support themselves, they can only be used in situations where dividing the support of natural teeth over a wider area won’t cause too many problems. Usually, this means that dental bridges are limited to replacing just one missing tooth between two strong natural teeth.
In order to get support from natural teeth, those teeth have to be prepared to receive a dental crown. This might mean that we’re removing healthy tooth material, which is irreplaceable.
Removing healthy tooth material and requiring a tooth to support more force can put stress on supporting teeth. This can increase the risk that these previously healthy teeth might fail.
Unlike natural teeth and dental implants, dental bridges don’t stimulate your teeth and gums. This means that your body might remove bone from the area of the missing tooth, which can cause the gums to collapse and create a space under the bridge.
Which Tooth Replacement Option Is Right for You?
If you are facing the loss of a tooth, it’s important to get the best tooth replacement option for you. Our approach to personalized care means that we’ll listen to your goals, carefully evaluate your oral health, and help you decide on a dental bridge, dental implant, or other tooth replacement option.
To start selecting your tooth replacement, please call (907) 274-7691 today for an appointment with a reconstructive dentist at Denali Dental Care in Anchorage.