Choosing a restorative option for a missing tooth or missing teeth can be daunting. The variety of options of restoration can be overwhelming. Knowledge is power when it comes to overcoming that overwhelmed feeling of a decision. If you know the basics of the restorative option, you will feel better equipped to decide. A dental bridge can be a more affordable option than a dental implant, but when do you know when it is right for you? When do you know when it is time to cross that dental bridge with a dental bridge?
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge has a similar function to a bridge connecting two pieces of land over a body of water. In the case of a dental bridge, the bridge connects two teeth over the gap of a missing tooth. Your dentist will bond the bridge to the two surrounding teeth. A porcelain model of the missing tooth will be in the middle. An impression of your teeth and gap will be made so that a bridge can be custom designed for your mouth. The maintenance of a dental bridge is similar to the maintenance of your natural teeth.
When to choose a dental bridge?
A dental bridge can also replace up to three missing teeth as long as the missing teeth are in a row adjacent to two existing teeth. A bridge can be less expensive and less invasive than a dental implant. While a dental bridge can stop misalignment by preventing other teeth from moving into the empty space of a missing a tooth, a dental bridge may not stimulate the roots. Without stimulation of roots, some bone loss in the jaw can occur. A dental implant can provide that stimulation.
Your dentist can help you decide if a dental bridge is right for you
Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris of Mansfield Dentist Associates in Mansfield, TX are here to help you decide on a dental bridge or other restorative options. Call our office today at (817) 473-6227 to schedule a consultation. We treat patients from the Mansfield, South Arlington, Kennedale, Southeast Ft. Worth, Alvarado, and Midlothian areas.