Dental Bridges An Overview
Missing teeth, whether one or several, can have a detrimental effect on overall dental health and cause changes in both the appearance and function of the bite. Missing teeth can lead to shrinkage of the jaw bone and allow remaining teeth to shift, changing the bite and often causing a more aged appearance.
Our Nashua dentists can replace missing teeth with a dental bridge and restore function and aesthetics to your smile. Dental bridges can be either fixed or removable and dental implants can be used to secure a dental bridge for the best possible result. Dr. Vogel or Dr. Levesque will work with you to determine the most suitable treatment option for your needs, cosmetic goals, and long-term oral health.
Dental Bridge vs. Dental Implants: What to Consider?
For nearly a century, dental bridgework has been the standard treatment for the replacement of one or more lost teeth. Traditionally, a dental bridge is a three-unit restoration that requires filing down and placing dental crowns on two teeth – one on either side of the gap created by the missing tooth (or teeth).
While a dental bridge usually costs less than a dental implant, there are a number of disadvantages:
- Requires filing down otherwise healthy teeth to create a support for the bridge
- Future tooth decay is common in neighboring teeth
- Root canal treatment may be necessary
- Less longevity with a dental bridge when compared to dental implants
In many cases, a dental implant may be the most cost-effective, long-term tooth replacement option. Dental implants help to promote the health of neighboring teeth, as well as better bone and gum health. In general, dental implants also last longer and require less maintenance.