Charleston, SC area patients can ask our dentist about dental bridges treatment for tooth replacement
Charleston, SC patients who have recently experienced the loss of a tooth will often become worried about what will happen if they do not replace their tooth as soon as possible. Most dentists, including Dr. Andrew Greenberg, will discuss with patients the real possibility of shifting of the existing teeth that can cause gaps and problems with the bite alignment. Treatment of these issues include tooth replacement with restorations such as dentures, dental bridges, or dental implants.
What options are available for tooth replacement?
Dr. Andrew Greenberg is proud to offer a variety of solutions for his patients. While he doesn’t place restorations such as implants, he does restore them and can often recommend them to patients seeking long-term replacement of a single tooth. However, this procedure does require oral surgery, which can make many patients uneasy. Individuals who are interested in long-term replacement of missing teeth that is economical will want to consider bridges. Bridges are fixed, unlike dentures, which are removable. The three ways of replacing missing teeth include:
- Dental implants
Why choose dental bridges?
Dental bridges are restorations that are commonly used for patients who want a restoration that is permanently placed, unlike dentures, and affordable, unlike dental implants. Dental bridges are a great option for our patients to consider when they want a solution that is best suited for their specific needs and desires, while still within their budget.
How does a dental bridge work?
Dental bridges work by “bridging the gap” between teeth where a tooth has been lost. These restorations are commonly chosen by patients who are interested in long-term solutions. This is because the dental bridge is fabricated with dental crowns on each side fused to false teeth called pontics. The bridge is then bonded onto the adjacent teeth, which offer support for the restoration and give it a permanent placement. The dental bridge is not removed each day for cleaning and care as a denture is, instead, it is permanently in the mouth until it needs to be repaired or replaced. Most dental bridges will last a decade or longer when patients take great care of their smile.
Will a dental bridge eliminate the chance of disease or decay?
No. This is why we strongly encourage patients to visit their dentist at least twice a year. A dentist can take x-rays and physically monitor the natural teeth and gums to determine if conditions such as this are present. Cavities can still form on the teeth underneath the dental bridge, and often, these cannot be seen by the naked eye and will require x-rays to be discovered. Patients can reduce their chances of developing these issues by visiting their dentist every six months and by brushing and flossing carefully after every meal. Bridges also require patients to floss underneath them, so this should be done routinely to keep bacteria, plaque, tartar, and food particles from getting stuck under the bridge.
Who is a candidate for dental bridges?
Most patients with teeth adjacent to the missing tooth will benefit from placing dental bridges. Dental bridges can restore the appearance of the smile as well as its functionality. They can give patients peace of mind when it comes to restoring the missing teeth in a way that is long-term and permanent. We do encourage patients to book a consultation appointment with Dr. Andrew Greenberg and his team to find out which solution is right, as there is no “one size fits all” option when it comes to tooth replacement for all patients. Each patient’s case is unique, and we want to find that unique treatment for everyone who sits in our dental chair!
Ready to discuss the possibility of dental bridges for tooth replacement?
Contact Dr. Andrew Greenberg of Charleston, SC to discuss the advantages of using dental bridges to replace one or more teeth within the dental arch. Our practice is located in Suite 302 of 3 Gamecock Avenue and can be reached by calling (843)751 4262 for an appointment. We welcome patients in and around the community who are interested in comprehensive dental care solutions for general, cosmetic, and restorative care.