When Is a Dental Bridge Necessary for Tooth Replacement?
- Posted on: Nov 15 2019
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At the practice of Dr. Robert Bankhardt, patients have a number of different options when it comes to replacing missing teeth. The main methods of replacement for patients in the Simi Valley, CA area include:
- Dental bridges
- Dental implants
While dentures and dental implants may be viable options for many of our patients, there are individuals who may be better suited for a dental bridge. Dental bridges, or “partial fixed dentures,” are perfect for patients who need to replace missing teeth with artificial teeth. Bridges are known for “bridging the gap” left behind from teeth missing from disease, trauma, or extraction. Without placing a dental bridge, patients may experience shifting of the existing teeth from their current, natural position. This can lead to future problems with bite alignment and efficiency. Placing a dental bridge offers a more permanent fixture when compared to a partial denture, while being more affordable than dental implants.
When do I know if I need a dental bridge?
The best way to determine if you could benefit from a dental bridge is to talk with your dentist. Dr. Robert Bankhardt may suggest a dental bridge as a good option to consider if you are seeking a method of filling in the gap left behind by a missing tooth or teeth. The dental bridge is made of porcelain, which mimics the appearance of natural tooth enamel. Additionally, with proper care, it can last a decade or longer before needing to be replaced. Patients may often choose a dental bridge if they don’t care for a removable restoration such as a partial denture and are seeking something more permanent. It can be a wonderful alternative to a dental implant, which can be costlier and may require the patient to have sufficient bone to successfully replace.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Robert Bankhardt today!
If you live in the community of Simi Valley, CA, we welcome you to book a consultation visit and initial appointment with our team to discuss dental bridges. Call (805) 584-1194 today to visit our practice at 2720 Cochran Street, Suite #2B. We are currently welcoming new patients into our state-of-the-art facility for general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry solutions.
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