If you have one or two missing teeth, there are two common options for replacement teeth. One is a dental implant, which acts and feels almost exactly like your own tooth, which makes it a popular option for replacing missing teeth.
But dental implants require surgery, aren’t appropriate for every situation, and usually require a period of two or more months of healing time to complete treatment. A dental bridge is faster to place and is the traditional treatment of choice for a missing tooth.
A dental bridge involves placing two dental crowns on the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. The teeth are prepared for crowns, an impression is taken, a temporary bridge or temporary crowns are placed over the prepared teeth, and the impression is sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge is made to precisely fit your teeth and your bite.
In a follow-up appointment, the dental bridge is adjusted and fitted and then permanently cemented.
To replace a missing tooth with a bridge, it actually involves three teeth:
– the tooth you’re replacing,
– and the two adjacent teeth.
• If your adjacent teeth need crowns anyway, you are taking care of two dental issues at once.
• A bridge is slightly less expensive than an implant.
• While a dental implant requires a healing period of several weeks or even months before completed, a bridge can be completed in just 1-2 weeks.
If you would like to see if you are a candidate for a porcelain bridge, please request an appointment with our office.