Dental BridgesAn Overview
A dental bridge can replace one or more consecutive teeth, restoring both aesthetics and function to your smile with natural-looking results. Today’s dental patients enjoy the many advances made in materials, techniques and treatment options when it comes to tooth replacement, from traditional bridges, implant supported bridges and the option for porcelain restorations. Dr. Joyce Kim is an experienced restorative dentist in Williamsport with advanced training in all aspects of your care. She will work with you on an individual basis to determine the most suitable option for your needs, goals and budget.
Today’s dental bridges are often fixed, secured by dental implants or existing natural teeth that can be strengthened by placing dental crowns. Fixed bridges alleviate the need for daily adhesives and special cleaning and offer the most stable and natural result. Patients can once again enjoy eating a varied diet that includes all of their favorite foods. Your dental bridge will be color matched to your existing natural teeth and overall appearance, restoring both your smile and your confidence in sharing it with others each day. The personalized approach we offer at Loyalsock Dental is the foundation for an optimal patient experience and outcome. Our goal is to help you restore not only the structure of your mouth but your daily quality of life.
Dental Bridge vs. Dental Implants: What to Consider
When replacing one tooth, most patients will be considered candidates for both a dental bridge and dental implants. Choosing the right option should be the result of a comprehensive evaluation and patient education during your consultation. Dr. Kim will present you with her findings from your exam, recommendations and details about available options including the commitment of time and money. In addition, there are several key factors to consider:
- Jaw bone structure: the condition of your dental health and bone tissue in the jaw will play a role in your candidacy for implants or the need for pre-treatment grafting.
- Stability of the restoration: dental implants are the closest thing to your natural tooth. Anchored into the jaw bone, implants allow patients to enjoy eating whatever they want, brush and floss normally, and have unaffected speech. The placement of a dental bridge will impact the neighboring teeth. If one of the anchor teeth fails over time, it compromises the dental bridge.
- Cost of treatment: in almost all cases a dental bridge will be less costly up front, but dental implants will typically provide a stable, lasting solution and are less likely to need repair or replacement in the future.
- Procedure and recovery time: dental implants have an initial surgical phase for placing the post into the jaw, followed by a healing time of several months. During this time, we can place a temporary bridge to restore function.