Asheville dentist, Dr. Shawna Hoffert uses dental bridges as a replacement option for patients with missing teeth. There are many types of dental bridges – Dr. Hoffert will evaluate your condition and help you make the best choice for your needs and goals.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a series of prosthetic teeth that are used to “bridge” a space created by missing teeth. A dental bridge can either be removable or fixed and made from a variety of tooth-like materials.
Dental Implants vs. Dental Bridges
If you have missing teeth, you are probably choosing between dental implants and a dental bridge. Dr. Hoffert offers both options for replacing missing teeth and can help you determine which is best for you.
While dental implants offer the most life-like replacement for missing teeth, they are not for everyone. Things that could disqualify you as a candidate for dental implants include bone condition, age, health and location of missing teeth.
Another big difference between dental implants and dental bridges is cost. In most cases, dental implants are more expensive than bridgework. However, dental implants are less likely to need maintenance and can be less expensive long term.
About the Dental Bridge Procedure
The first step is a comprehensive evaluation to examine the health of the teeth, gums, jaw joints and other support structures. You may have an existing dental bridge or have teeth that need to be extracted. Regardless of your condition, Dr. Hoffert will create a personalized treatment plan to help you restore health, function and beauty to the smile.
A dental bridge can either be removable or fixed. In most cases, Dr. Hoffert will support the choice for a fixed dental bridge as a long term solution for missing teeth. The dental bridge can either be supported by dental crowns and/or dental implants. Dr. Hoffert will prepare any teeth as needed to ensure a solid foundation for the dental bridge.
The dental bridge will be fabricated in a dental laboratory. You may have a temporary bridge to wear in the intermediate time period. In approximately 2 weeks from your initial visit, you will return for the placement of the final restoration.