If you have lost a tooth due to injury or gum disease, we recommend that you replace that tooth as soon as possible. Not only is a full smile more attractive, but a replacement tooth also helps distribute bite forces to protect your other teeth and prevent them from shifting. A bridge is a highly functional and attractive permanently fixed replacement option for a lost tooth.
To talk about your tooth replacement options and find out which is best for you, please call (803) 781-9090 or email Smile Columbia Dentistry today for an appointment at our Columbia, South Carolina office.
What is a Fixed Bridge?
A bridge is a replacement tooth that is anchored to one or preferably two natural teeth by dental crowns. We will recommend a style of bridge appropriate to the location of the missing tooth, and the strength and health of your anchor teeth.
Sometimes a dental bridge can be anchored on one or both sides by dental implants if there are not appropriate teeth available.
A fixed bridge is a fully functional replacement tooth. It does not come with diet restrictions, looks attractive, and functions just like a natural tooth for talking, chewing, and maintaining your bite.
All-on-4 is a special design of implant bridges that can replace an entire arch of teeth with just four dental implants. Through a combination of advanced engineering and dental science, this procedure also lets most people get a complete set of teeth in one procedure. Even if you need teeth extractions as part of the procedure, you can get your new teeth placed that day.
This approach to dental implants isn’t just fast, it gives attractive, functional results, and is more affordable than traditional dental implant procedures that use more implants and take more time.
When Is a Fixed Bridge Recommended?
A fixed bridge is just one of your tooth replacement options. It is likely to be the best one if:
- You do not want the trouble of a removable denture
- Teeth adjacent to the gap are healthy and strong, but might benefit from a crown
- You do not have enough bone for a dental implant
In this case, a dental bridge is likely to be your best tooth replacement option. However, we cannot say for sure which is the right tooth replacement for you until we evaluate your smile in person.
Please call (803) 781-9090 or contact Smile Columbia Dentistry today to schedule your tooth replacement consultation at our Columbia, South Carolina office.