When patients visit Dr. Victor R. Siegel at his Rockville practice, they can expect to receive ample information about their treatment options. This is especially important to consider when patients are missing teeth. Removable appliances are great, though dental implants offer exceptional results for restoring the appearance and function of the smile.
With this in mind, our team would like to compare removable dental bridges to dental bridges that are supported by dental implants so you understand the advantages and disadvantages of these options.
About Traditional Removable Dental Bridges
Traditional dental bridges are sets of artificial teeth that are used to fill gaps when a patient is missing a few teeth in a row. The bridge is held in placed by latching around the healthy/remaining tooth structure that is adjacent to the tooth gap. The removable dental bridge allows patients to smile with confidence and bite and chew as they normally would.
Ideal Candidates for Removable Dental Bridges
The best candidates for removable dental bridges are people who are missing a few teeth in a row. They should have healthy tooth structure adjacent to the tooth gap to properly support the appliance as a patient bites and chews. Patients should have realistic expectations about the nature of their bridge and be committed to proper cleaning and care of the appliance.
Pros and Cons of Removable Dental Bridges
Removable dental bridges restore the aesthetics of a smile and also restore general functionality of the patient's mouth.
In terms of the disadvantages, removable dental bridges may slip or fall out when patients bite, chew, or even as they are speaking. The dental bridge will also be unable to address issues with bone loss and gum recession, which are common after a person experiences tooth loss.
About Implant-Supported Dental Bridges
Implant-supported dental bridges are bridges that are anchored in place using dental implants. The dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically placed into the patient's jawbone and gum tissue. After a months-long healing process, the dental implants will be strong enough to support a dental appliance with the stability of natural tooth roots.
Ideal Candidates for Implant-Supported Dental Bridges
The best candidates for implant-supported dental bridges are people with healthy gums and bone structure in place who are in good overall health. They should understand that the process takes time to complete and have realistic expectations about oral surgery and surgical recovery.
Pros and Cons of Implant-Supported Dental Bridges
Implant-supported dental bridges are unlikely to slip out of place or fall when a person bites, chews, or speaks. The dental implants also help prevent bone loss and gum recession from occurring, which means good dental health in the long run.
As far as disadvantages, the primary drawback is that the process takes time to complete and is more expensive than the use of a removable dental bridge.
Which kind of dental bridge is best for me?
During your consultation at our practice, we will go over all treatment options with you in greater detail. This will help you make a smart and well-informed decision when it comes to your dental health and lasting wellness.
Contact Dr. Victor R. Siegel
For additional information on your best options to deal with tooth loss, we encourage you to contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Victor R. Siegel and the entire team at the practice will be here for you with ample information and sound advice.