Advantages of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are used with success for many individuals. They solve many of the problems associated with having a missing tooth, as noted above, and the porcelain options can look very natural in a client's smile. The process for implementing a dental bridge into a client's smile is relatively quick and can generally be completed in two office visits.
Disadvantages of Dental Bridges
The main drawback of dental bridges is the fact that they require existing, healthy teeth to support them in the traditional and cantilever methods. By using these teeth as an anchor, they are more susceptible to later tooth damage or decay.
While the Maryland bonded dental bridges do not rely on adjacent teeth for support, they are not as strong as the other types and are not recommended for back teeth restorations.
Alternative to Dental Bridges
Dental implants are Dr. Dan Haas' preferred method of tooth replacement. This is a more conservative approach that gives the client an artificial tooth root on which to place the replacement tooth. The neighbouring teeth do not support dental implants and hence they do not need to be altered. The ultimate result is a natural looking and feeling, highly durable replacement tooth.
If you have a gap in your smile and would like to discuss the options of dental bridges or dental implants with general cosmetic dentist Dr. Dan Haas, please contact Haas Dental Centre today for a dental evaluation.