Dr. Ray Becker, a Columbia, MD dentist, often recommends a dental bridge as a solution for patients with missing teeth. Missing teeth can not only be an embarrassing dental problem affecting your daily life, but often leads to additional complex dental problems as a result of shifting teeth and shrinkage of bone in the jaw.
Replacing missing teeth with the most suitable option for your dental health is the key to a comfortable result. Dr. Becker provides several options for tooth replacement and will determine which is best for you after a thorough examination and discussion of your personal concerns, goals and budget.
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. Becker will recommend using dental implants to secure your dental bridge due to the long term benefits to both daily quality of life and oral health.
Types of Dental Bridges
Removable Dental Bridge – A removable dental bridge may be suitable as a short term solution to maintain tooth position while preparing for a fixed dental bridge or dental implant. Columbia, MD dentist, Dr. Becker does not recommend removable dental bridges as a long term solution because they do not promote optimal health, esthetics or function. Things that could disqualify you as a candidate for implants include bone health, age, and location of missing teeth.
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. A disadvantage of this type of restoration is the stress it places 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 instead of natural teeth provides the most lifelike replacement for missing teeth. Columbia, MD dentist, Dr. Becker has extensive training and experience with dental implants procedures.
Implant supported dental bridges have a 35% higher success rate compared to traditional bridgework and they eliminate the need to degrade adjacent teeth. Additionally, dental implants promote continued bone growth, preventing both bone shrinkage and gum recession associated with traditional bridges and dentures.
If you choose dental implants to secure your bridge, a treatment plan for placing the implants will be coordinated along with the fabrication and placement of the bridge. This will involve a surgical implantation of the titanium post and the placement of a temporary bridge. After a 3 to 6 month healing period, you will return to our Columbia, MD area dentist office for the permanent placement of your custom bridge.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have missing teeth, we offer dental bridges in our Columbia, MD and Ellicott City, MD office. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Becker at Howard County Smiles. We will discuss your oral health, concerns, and budget to see which missing teeth option is right for you.