False Teeth - Making the Right Choices

Is A Standard Dental Bridge Or Implant-Supported Bridge Right For You?

Getting a dental bridge can be exciting, as your dentist can help you to replace multiple missing teeth all at once. However, even if you've decided that you're sure you want a dental bridge, you still have one more choice to make. Will you pick a standard dental bridge secured by your own natural teeth, or an implant-supported bridge that uses dental implants as supports? Read on to discover the benefits of each and how to decide which is right for you.

Standard Bridge Benefits

The biggest advantages of standard dental bridges is that they take less time to insert than implant bridges. Implant bridges need to have dental implants put in and allowed to fully heal so that they're strong enough to support a bridge. As a result, you may need to wait some time before being able to get an implant-supported bridge. However, since standard bridges use your own teeth, you can have one put in as soon as the bridge is finished being made.

Standard dental bridges are just as strong and reliable as those supported by implants. If you have healthy teeth, a standard bridge will likely suit you.

Implant Bridge Benefits

Getting an implant bridge can be beneficial to many people who have experienced tooth loss.

Tooth loss can often cause surrounding teeth to become loose, out of place, or to even fall out without proper care for the missing teeth. As a result, these teeth may not be strong enough to support a bridge. In this instance, an implant bridge is the best idea.

Implant bridges will typically require at least two dental implants to be put in place. These dental implants create a firm base for your dental bridge, ensuring that it stays in place the way real teeth do. As an added bonus, the new dental implants will help to boost strength in your jaw bone, which may help to strengthen your surrounding teeth's foundations as well.

How to Choose

Except in unusual circumstances, a standard dental bridge is a perfect fit for people who have multiple missing teeth, yet the remainder of their teeth are strong, healthy, and free of disease. Dental bridges with dental implants used as the anchors are a great choice for people who have weak teeth, bone loss in the jaw, osteoporosis, or another problem that prevents a dentist from being able to secure a dental bridge to their real teeth.

Dental bridges are an easy and affordable way to quickly fill in large gaps of space in your mouth where teeth once were. If you're tired of having large gaps in your smile and want to get back what you once had, a dental bridge is a great way to do that. Talk to a dentist, such as Kyle J Frisinger DMD,  to find out if your jaw is healthy enough for a standard dental bridge, and if not, ask about an implant-supported bridge.