Amherst dentist Dr. Karl Neuhaus offers dental bridges as a restorative option for missing teeth. There are several types of dental bridges and the dentists at Creekside Dentistry will help you make the best decision for your long-term goals and dental health. Essentially, a dental bridge is a series of dental crowns. A dental bridge may be used to replace one or more missing teeth and can either be removable or fixed.
Types of Dental Bridges
- Removable Dental Bridge – Generally, a removable dental bridge is only suitable as a short-term solution. A removable bridge can help to maintain tooth position while a patient is preparing to have a fixed dental bridge or dental implant. While the cost of a removable dental bridge is appealing, they do not offer long-term benefits.
- Fixed Dental Bridge – In this type of restoration, a prosthetic tooth is connected to two dental crowns which cover the teeth on either side of the missing tooth. Another option is to have a fixed dental bridge secured by dental implants instead of dental crowns. Dental implants are self-supporting, eliminating the need to degrade neighboring teeth as is the case with a traditional bridge supported by dental crowns.
Dental Bridges vs. Implants
There are many things to consider when comparing dental bridges vs. dental implants. While dental implants are the closest thing to a natural tooth, to be a candidate for implants, it is often important that you have the adequate bone structure to support the dental implant. Depending on the location of the missing tooth or teeth, a dental implant may not be the best option.
Another difference between a dental bridge vs. an implant is the cost. Dental implants require a more significant initial investment than dental bridges but are less likely to need future work or maintenance. Dr. Neuhaus is highly trained in the placement of all types of dental implants and works with patients on an individual basis to determine the most appropriate treatment option.
If you currently have a dental bridge that needs repair, contact our office to schedule an appointment. Depending on the circumstances, we may perform the dental bridge repair or offer a dental bridge replacement.
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Trying to find a dentist in Amherst or the surrounding area of Tonawanda and Wheatfield? Creekside Dentistry may be the right dentist to solve your complex dental problems. Find out what treatments are right for you, call (716) 262-8070, or request an appointment online.