Dental BridgesAn Overview
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 costly long term.
I am a new patient to Red Maple Dental and Dr Hoffert. Great experience for my first cleaning, staff was very curteous and great to work with. Will be back in 6 months!Sean Oakes
Dr Hoffert and her staff are always curteous and helpful. I always feel welcomed and important at their office. When I had a cracked tooth Dr Hoffert was able to create a crown and place it the same day. I would recommend this office to anyone!Diana Hoffert
I hate going to the dentist. However, I love the staff at Red Maple Dental. They understand my trauma from early dental experiences and help me relax. They explain what needs to be done and why. Last week I had a small filling replaced. They matched the color of the…Debbie Pittman
Great treatment experience as usual - super team! Thank you!A.
Most wonderful experience. Kind, understanding staff & what a wonderful Dr.D.
For All the people that "hate going to the dentist" they need to meet Shawna Hoffert!P.
After a lifelong struggle with weak teeth that could never be whitened and were increasingly crooked, Dr. Hoffert and her team excelled! I am so happy with my new smile! It's a pleasure to smile and not feel that embarrassment to show my teeth or to bear the brunt of…P.B.
Dental Bridges What to Expect
The first step in receiving a dental bridge 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.