What Are Dental Bridges?

Having a missing tooth, or multiple missing teeth, can not only affect your smile and confidence, but there’s also always a chance of infection and/or neighboring teeth becoming misaligned. In the past few decades, teeth replacements have advanced by leaps and bounds and dental bridges are responsible for restoring the smiles of scores of people across the country.

Brentwood Family Dentistry is the premier dental practice in Brentwood, MO and we provide professional, friendly and comfortable care in all aspects of advanced and general dental care. With the advancements in teeth replacement options, we want to ensure that you are fully informed about dental bridges.

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A dental bridge is a popular dental device that is permanently fixed to existing teeth or implants to cover up gaps caused by one or more missing teeth. In general, a “bridge” is created using a pontic, or artificial tooth, and abutments, which are anchored to the teeth or implants on either side of the space created by the missing tooth or teeth.

If the teeth bordering the missing tooth have large fillings and need crowns or caps in the future, a dental bridge is likely your best choice. The same goes for cases where the tooth or teeth has been missing for an extended time as the bone and gum will have receded and dental implants can require additional procedures before placement.


Dental Bridges vs Dental Implants

Dental bridges generally cost considerably less than implants and these days you can expect the average lifespan of your dental bridges to be around 10 years. You will also have less of a wait time for your dental bridge than you would experience with an implant, meaning you can regain that part of your life much quicker.

With implants, a bone graft is sometimes needed, which typically has to heal for several months before placement of your implant, and that means it can take anywhere from 3 to 6 months before your implant procedure is complete. When it comes to an affordable and timely solution, dental bridges can be the answer you need.


Contact us for Dental Bridges in Brentwood

No matter if you’ve fully made up your mind or you’re still on the fence regarding dental implants, Brentwood Family Dentistry can ensure that you are fully informed about your options and the pros and cons before undergoing any procedure.

Contact us today for more information or to set a dental appointment. Brentwood Family Dentistry has been serving area families for more than 20 years and we’re here to help maintain and enhance your smiles and overall dental health.

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