Dental BridgesAn Overview
Replacing one or more missing teeth can restore not only your dental health and function, but your self-confidence and ability to enjoy your best quality of life each day. Charleston comprehensive dentists Dr. James Dickert and Dr. Agatha Lynn offer tooth replacement options to suit your needs, including dental bridges.
Today’s dental bridges have evolved with the advances made in both materials and technology and can provide a stable, lasting restoration. Replacement teeth are now virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. More treatment options mean better choices for patients looking for a solution that fits their oral health needs, aesthetic goals and budget. A bridge is a custom fabricated dental restoration designed to “bridge” the gap between teeth. Dental bridges can be used to replace a single missing tooth or several consecutive missing teeth and are typically permanently attached for normal function and comfort. The bridgework is a series of prosthetic teeth linked together and supported by an anchor on either side of the gap. A dental bridge can either be removable or fixed. Your dental bridge will be custom color matched to blend with your natural teeth, giving you back a smile you feel good about.
A dental bridge that is supported by dental implants provides the most natural replacement for missing teeth. Dental bridges can replace one or more missing teeth. Traditionally, a dental bridge is secured by filing down the existing, adjacent teeth to use as posts for the bridge. The bridge could then be snapped on and off of these filed down teeth. With the use of dental implants, a dental bridge can be permanently secured in place which doesn’t require the use of healthy teeth. Implant supported dental bridges have a higher success rate compared to traditional bridgework. Additionally, dental implants promote continued bone growth, preventing both bone shrinkage and gum recession associated with traditional bridges and dentures.