The best dentist in Charleston SC discusses bridges for tooth replacement

Much has been made in recent years of the benefits of dental implant-supported teeth; however, the dental bridge is not going the way of the dinosaur. As with all procedures, some patients may be better suited to bridges over other tooth replacement options.

Dr. Greenberg discusses bridges for tooth replacement

For instance, you may not wish to undergo a surgical procedure. With dental implants, the titanium post must be surgically placed in the jawbone. Furthermore, one of the oft-cited disadvantages of dental bridges is that adjacent teeth must be ground down to make room for dental crowns. These crowned teeth support the pontic or false tooth that fills the gap and replaces the missing tooth. Yet, if your adjacent teeth are already restored this part of the process may be moot.

Dental bridges may also be a more affordable option, which many insurance companies cover as a medically necessary procedure.

You opted for a dental bridge. Now what?

When most people think of a dental bridge, the traditional fixed or non-removable option probably comes to mind. This is the replacement option whereby crowned teeth on each side of the gap are connected to the pontic. At its most basic, you may have a 3-unit bridge. If missing more than one tooth, additional units will make up the bridge.

You need to have adjacent teeth to support the replacement tooth. However, if you do not have teeth on one side of the gap, this does not eliminate the dental bridge as an option. You may be a candidate for a cantilever bridge. In this situation, the one tooth adjacent to the restored tooth will be crowned. Usually, there will two pontics that need to be restored. Since only one crowned tooth is supporting the restoration, generally this is not a suitable option for the back teeth due to the forces from biting and chewing.

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A Maryland bonded bridge can save more tooth structure due to its design. This type of bridge is built with metal wings that allow the bridge structure to adhere to your natural teeth. In this manner, the abutment teeth can support the pontic and do not need to go through the traditional grinding necessary for a crown.

The concept behind removable bridges is similar to their traditional fixed counterparts; only the pontic teeth are attached to a gum colored base by way of small metal brackets or precision clasps. Also known as partial dentures, they are generally a more affordable option, but do not have the same stability as the fixed bridge.

As technologies have evolved, and older designs have fallen out of favor, patients can also benefit from hybrid dental implant-supported bridges. These newer options allow the pontic to stay securely in place via the dental implants instead of via crowned teeth on either side of the pontic.

Many considerations and factors may influence your choice for a dental bridge. Let your dentist in Charleston SC guide you toward the best option. Call (843)751 4262.

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Mouth Carolina Dentistry, PA - Dr. Andrew Greenberg

Dr. Andrew Greenberg completed his Bachelor’s Degree in New Orleans, Louisiana at Tulane University. He graduated from the Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine in 2009, where he portrayed excellent academic performance. He exercises his academic brilliance to the benefit of his patients every day. He grew up in a family with a dental background and showed interest in the field since his early days.


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