Dental Bridge in Portland
If a patient already missing one or more teeth, there are different options for replacing these missing teeth beyond implants.
The American Dental Association reports that average adults between 20 and 64 years old have three decayed or missing teeth. Dental bridges are one of the options.
Here are four types of dental bridges that Powell Family Dental doctors may offer their patients.
- Traditional Dental Bridges: Traditional bridges are the most installed type of dental bridges in SE Portland area. These bridges consist of one or more pontics (artificial teeth) and are held in place by dental crowns. Traditional bridges are an option when a patient has natural teeth on both sides of the gap between teeth. Bridges are even strong enough to support a molar restoration.
- Cantilever Bridges: Cantilever bridges are another option for replacing missing teeth. They are very similar to traditional bridges, but only one natural tooth support your artificial tooth in its place. So if there’s only one natural tooth next to the gap, a bridge can still be secured.
- Maryland Bridges: Maryland bridges are considered a conservative alternative to traditional bridges. These bridges consist of an artificial tooth that is held in place by a metal or porcelain framework. This framework is bonded onto the backs of the two other teeth. Since this type of bridge isn’t held in place by crowns, the adjacent teeth don’t need to be filed. While Maryland bridges are more conservative than traditional bridges, they do have their downsides. The strength of the bridge is limited, so it may not stay in place in areas where the teeth use a lot of biting force. The framework may also get in the way of your gums or your bite.
- Implant Supported Bridges: Implant-supported bridges are another option for replacing missing teeth. They can be used when you have more than one tooth missing. Instead of being supported by crowns or frameworks, these bridges are supported by dental implants. Usually, one implant is placed for every missing tooth, and this series of implants holds the bridge in place. Because these bridges are secured by implants, they feel very secure and comfortable, just like the natural teeth they replace.
Dental Bridge vs Implants
Teeth replacements have come a long way in the last 30 years. Powell Family Dental Team have been serving their patients in SE Portland over 15 years in this area. Very often the dental implant is a perfect option.
- Practical Reason for Both: In the past, a bridge was the only choice, and still involves more than just the missing tooth. The adjacent teeth need to be “prepped” by removing most of the enamel in order to fabricate the bridge. That’s the biggest downside of this method. Dental implant is stronger and permanent. Nonetheless, a dental bridge may be your best option if the neighboring teeth have large fillings and need crowns or caps in the future. That’s the decision you should discuss with Powell Family Dental Doctors.
- Changes in Your Oral Care Routine: Your ability to keep your mouth healthy will be easier with an implant. Dental bridges are cemented or “fixed” in the mouth, and involve at least three crowns connected together to fill the space of the missing tooth. This design creates challenges when brushing and flossing, so extra oral hygiene instruction and meticulous home care are crucial. When flossing you will need an additional step to thread the floss under the false tooth. Implants can replace teeth individually without affecting other teeth, leaving regular home care the same. You can effectively brush and floss around an implant just like your natural tooth.
- Durability: Dental implants are more durable than bridges, allowing them to provide protection that lasts a lifetime. Because implants are made of such a strong metal as titan, they are very resistant to decay and gum problems. The average life of a dental bridge, on the other hand, is approximately 10 years. A portion of your natural tooth remains beneath it and normal wear may cause the bridge to fail more easily over time. In general, the remaining tooth structure continues to be susceptible to decay and gum disease.
- Aesthetics: What about aesthetics? There isn’t always a simple answer, but Powell Family Dental doctors will be able to advise you. Commonly the implant will provide the most pleasing result, as we can make the final tooth look just like your natural enamel. Sometimes, an implant can be placed immediately after a tooth extraction, preserving the natural level of bone and improving the final appearance of the dental work.
Dental Bridge vs. Implant Cost
The cost of the dental bridge is initially less, but it may need to be replaced at some point in the future. Implants – from preparation to final placement – may seem more expensive, but over time can be more cost-effective. Fortunately, most dental insurance providers are paying for a portion of or all of the steps involved and Powell Family Dental financial policy will provide you with a comfortable split payment plan. Implant treatment is more flexible, allowing our patients to budget the cost in increments.
So, dental bridge vs. implant? Make this decision after consulting with Powell Family Dental doctor. Dr. Khlevnoy and Dr. Dontsova know your mouth best and has the tools and knowledge to guide you through what’s best for you. Although bridges are an older procedure, dental implants have become more commonplace over the years, and in most cases are the preferred treatment both in time and expense.
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