Do you have existing bridgework that is broken or worn? Are you missing teeth and trying to decide what treatment is right for you?
There are several types of dental bridges available for patients with missing teeth. Columbia, South Carolina cosmetic dentist, Dr. Thomas Trinkner will evaluate your condition and help you select the best choice for your dental health and cosmetic goals.
Dental Bridge vs. Dental Implants
If you have missing teeth, you may be wondering if dental implants or bridgework is the better treatment option. While dental implants offer the most tooth-like replacement regarding both function and health, they are not for everyone. Factors that would discount you as a candidate for implants are the bone condition, the location of missing teeth, and overall oral health.
One of the biggest considerations patients have when comparing dental implants to bridgework is cost. Dental implants are often more expensive up front than dental bridges. However, they typically require less maintenance and can be less expensive in the long term. Dental implants also offer several key benefits for your long-term oral health:
- Reduced bone loss in the jaw
- Permanent, stable restoration
- No need to degrade existing teeth to secure a bridge
- Support regular chewing and speaking function
Dental Bridge Featured Case
Tulay came to Columbia, SC dentist Dr. Trinkner with concerns about her smile. She had a dental bridge and crown on the top left that needed to be replaced and wanted to improve the color to her teeth. Due to the complexity of her bite, crowding, and spacing, Dr. Trinkner first utilized orthodontics for approximately 2 years. Next, Dr. Trinkner restored her teeth with porcelain veneers, porcelain bridge, and bleaching. She was extremely pleased with the final result.