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Pros and Con of Dental Bridges – because dental bridges are just one option in the dentist’s tool bag.

Sometimes a tooth just has to be pulled for whatever reason. It used to be your choices were fairly straightforward:

• Leave the hole as is
• Make a partial denture or some other removable device
• Fabricate a fixed bridge to teeth on either side of the missing tooth

Today most of our patients really do not want a gap in their smile, and few want to deal with the hassle of removable dentures which leaves us with just two choices. Either create a bridge, or insert a dental implant and make a crown.

Both of these options create a nice smile, but also both options can be costly. Dental insurance can help, but usually there is some personal investment involved. The options of not replacing teeth are not good including shifting teeth, chewing inefficiencies and more.

Definition of a bridge.

Bridges have been used by dentists for a long time. A bridge simply requires that two or more healthy, restorable teeth on either side to support it. The aesthetic appearance of a bridge is hard to differentiate from all natural teeth when built correctly.

Dentists in the past often used metal based components for bridges including gold, or alloys with a ceramic coating. Ceramic has replaced most of these materials in today’s dentistry practices.

What are the Pros of choosing a bridge?

• Bridges can be completed in a relatively short time period.
• Bridges look and work like natural teeth.
• Gums around bridges usually look natural.
• Bridge costs are nominally 75% of dental implants.

What are the cons of choosing a bridge?

• Includes work on the bridging teeth that might not need any work done.
• The long term success of implants is higher, especially if the teeth used in the bridge are not completely healthy.
• Bridges connect the teeth, so if there is problem with one tooth in the future – all teeth must be worked on together.
• Flossing is a bit more challenging.

Next week we will talk about implants. In the meantime if you think you might need a bridge or any other dental work – be sure and contact Dr. Abeyta – rated one of the best (and friendliest dentists in Albuquerque![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]
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