Having missing teeth can be humiliating for some people. It can affect your smile, the shape of your lower face, and your ability to eat certain foods. Not only can having missing teeth affect your appearance, it also affects your oral health. When you’re missing teeth, bone loss, gum exposure, and an unbalanced bite will occur. Chesapeake, VA dentist, Dr. Brent Moses, can help you avoid these problems by replacing missing teeth quickly. One solution for missing teeth is a dental bridge.
A dental bridge is a restoration that is used to “bridge” a gap between teeth. 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 and made from a variety of tooth-like materials. Typically, a dental bridge is supported by natural teeth, dental implants, or a combination of the two. When the natural teeth are used to support the bridgework, a dental crown is typically placed to provide additional support and stability.
Types of Dental Bridges
Removable Dental Bridge – Typically, a removable dental bridge is reserved for short term solution. A removable bridge may be used to maintain tooth position while a patient is preparing to have a fixed dental bridge or dental implant.
Fixed Dental Bridge – In a fixed dental bridge, a prosthetic tooth is connected to two dental crowns which cover the teeth on either side of the gap.
Dental Implant Supported Dental Bridges – This option involves a fixed dental bridge secured by dental implants instead of dental crowns.
Dental Bridge vs. Dental Implant
If you have missing teeth, two of the options available at our Chesapeake, VA dentist office are dental implants and a dental bridge. There are advantages to each type of treatment. In general, Dr. Moses supports a dental implant option to restore the most natural function and health to the mouth. Some patients may not be a candidate for dental implants because of their bone structure or the location of the missing teeth. In those cases, a dental bridge may be the best option. Either way, our Chesapeake, VA cosmetic dentistry office will help you make the best decision.
How much does a dental bridge cost?
The cost of a dental bridge will depend on the number and location of the missing teeth as well as the type of bridge and materials chosen. Chesapeake, VA dentist, Dr. Moses works with nearly all dental insurance providers and will handle all necessary billing and paperwork. Additionally, we offer third party financing through Care Credit for patients who are concerned about cost.
Schedule a Consultation
Bayside Implant and General Dentistry offers consultations to discuss your dental concerns and evaluate your oral health. We offer dental bridges in our Chesapeake, VA and Virginia Beach, VA area dentist office. Call us today to schedule an appointment! We look forward to meeting your needs and goals for your smile and helping you enjoy the lifelong benefits of good oral health.