If you are missing teeth, replacing them is extremely important. Gaps between teeth can leave the gums open to infection and bacteria and over time the bone can deteriorate and affect the surrounding teeth. A dental bridge is used to “bridge the gap” between teeth in order to fill in the gaps created by missing teeth.
Hires Dental Care, a Sylvania Township, OH area dentist office, offers several treatment options for missing teeth including a dental bridge. Our dentists can evaluate your teeth and gums to determine if a dental bridge is right for you.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a restoration that is used to “bridge” a gap between teeth. The bridgework is a series of prosthetic teeth linked together and supported by an anchor on either side of the gap. The anchor that is supported on each side is by a natural tooth strengthened by a dental crown or a dental implant. In most cases, Dr. J. Eric Hires will recommend using dental implants to secure your bridge due to the long term benefits to both daily quality of life and oral health.
Types of Dental Bridges
Removable Dental Bridge – Typically, a removable dental bridge is reserved for short term solution. While the cost may be lower initially, a removable dental bridge does not offer good long term benefits and frequently require replacement or repair down the road.
Fixed Dental Bridge – Also called a partial denture, a fixed dental bridge is a prosthetic tooth that is connected to two dental crowns which cover the teeth on either side of the gap. This type of restoration places stress on the natural teeth. If neighboring teeth are in good health, this type of dental bridge could put unneeded stress on the teeth, leading to premature wear or cavity formation.
Dental Implant Supported Dental Bridges – A fixed dental bridge, supported by dental implants, provides the most natural and lifelike replacement for missing teeth. Dr. Hires, a Sylvania Township, OH dentist, has extensive training and experience with dental implants procedures. While the initial cost of dental implants may be an issue, dental implants are an extremely conservative solution and present the least number of problems in the future.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have missing teeth, we offer a dental bridge in our Toledo, OH and Sylvania Township, OH dentist office. Schedule an appointment today with Hires Dental Care. We will discuss your oral health, concerns, and budget to see what missing teeth option is right for you.