Dental Bridges Complete Your Smile Beautifully
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap that results from missing teeth. A bridge can be secured with surrounding teeth or with dental implants. Matthew A. Turner D.D.S., P.C. is an experienced dentist who can design and place both traditional and implant-supported dental bridges at our Blue Springs, office to residents of Kansas City, MO. This natural-looking restoration can restore function and aesthetics to your smile, so you can enjoy improved confidence.
What Are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges are restorative prosthetics that typically replace one to three missing teeth in a row. They are available in a variety of different materials, including metals such as gold or silver, as well as porcelain and porcelain-fused-to-metal. The material used for your dental bridge will depend on your personal preferences, as well as the location of the missing teeth. There are advantages and disadvantages to each different material, which Dr. Turner can discuss with you during your consultation.
What are My Dental Bridge Options?
Dr. Turner offers both traditional and implant-supported bridges. Traditional bridges are secured in place by dental crowns that cover the adjacent healthy teeth. This is a cost-effective option for many patients, and with a porcelain bridge, you can enjoy a strong and beautiful smile with fully restored function.
This natural-looking restoration can restore both function and aesthetics to your smile, so you can enjoy improved confidence.
Implant-supported bridges are secured with dental implants. They offer greater benefits for your oral health than a traditional bridge. An implant-supported bridge does not require crowns, so your healthy teeth are unaffected. Additionally, because dental implants simulate tooth roots, they halt the bone loss that begins to occur after teeth are lost by continuing to draw nutrients to the area. This will help ensure that your jawbone remains strong and healthy. If you prefer an implant-supported bridge, Dr. Turner will refer you to a renowned oral surgeon in the area for placement and then he will design and place your bridge.
Which Type of Dental Bridge Is Right for Me?
If you want a traditional dental bridge, the primary requirement is that your adjacent teeth are healthy enough to support the dental crowns. You should also be free from any additional oral health problems, such as gum disease or tooth decay. If you are interested in an implant-supported bridge, there are a few more requirements you must meet.