Dental bridges use existing teeth or implants to help “bridge the gap” where your tooth is missing. Bridges are a restorative dental solution that can replace anywhere from two to six missing teeth. Your dentist can provide a permanently fixed bridge or a temporary removable one.
At Columbia Family Dental Care, Dr. Sulekha Agrawal provides dental bridges to patients in Columbia, MD. She works with patients who have multiple missing teeth to determine if a dental bridge can improve their oral health. Before every treatment, she examines the teeth and gums and reviews the patient’s dental history. Dr. Agrawal takes each patient’s goals and budget into account so she can create a custom treatment plan that fits their oral health needs.
Types of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges may be removable or fixed. There are several differences between the two restorations. Removable bridges are a temporary solution for patients with missing teeth. Although the cost of removable bridges is less than a fixed dental bridge, they do not offer long-term benefits. Your dentist constructs a fixed bridge from one or more prosthetic teeth that support dental crowns. The crowns cover teeth on either side of the tooth gap. Your dentist can also use dental implants to support a fixed bridge for a longer-lasting solution.
Benefits of Implant-Supported Dental Bridges
While removable bridges may seem more affordable at first, fixed bridges provide a better long-term solution. Removable bridges require more repairs or even replacement over time. Many patients with removable bridges cannot eat the foods they want and do not fully restore the function of their bite. Removable bridges are temporary while implant-supported bridges are a permanent solution.
Alternatively, fixed bridges with dental implants inserted into the jaw bone allow the patient to eat without dietary restriction. Implant fixed bridges restore full bite function to patients because the implants support the jawbone. Dental implant surgery is painless as we offer local anesthetic or sedation dentistry options for anxious patients.
Call Columbia Family Dental Care
Do you want to restore the form and function of your smile? Are you looking for a more stable bite? Request an appointment with Dr. Agrawal on our website or call her Columbia, MD dental office at 410.221.3097.