Dental Bridges: A Solution for Missing Teeth

Dental Bridges: A Solution for Missing Teeth

Does your smile suffer from missing teeth? Have severely damaged/decayed teeth that need an extraction? Looking for a tooth replacement option to restore the appearance and function of your smile? A dental bridge may be the perfect option. At Hanley Family Dentistry, we are proud to offer both fixed and removable bridges to our patients that are interested in replacing missing teeth.

We understand that missing teeth can not only have a big impact on appearance and self-confidence but also cause issues with the functionality of your teeth as well. When teeth are missing, patients may experience bone loss, causing teeth to shift and become loose. This can increase the risk of decay, cavities, infection and even gum disease.

Fixed Bridge

When a patient has one or more missing teeth or teeth that need to be extracted, a fixed bridge can be an affordable, comfortable and stable solution. A fixed bridge requires adjacent natural teeth or dental implants to ensure it remains secure and stable. When dental implants are used to secure the bridge, it is commonly referred to as an “implant supported bridge.” These bridges are made to blend with your natural smile and can improve speaking and bite ability.

Removable Bridge

Much like a fixed bridge, a removable bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth in a patient’s smile. A removable bridge can, however, be removed when a patient wants to eat, drink or clean their teeth. A removable bridge will also need adjacent teeth or dental implants to be stable with precision attachments. This option can be a more affordable treatment, however, does not provide the same stability of a fixed bridge.

Ready to restore your smile? Contact our Chester, VA dental office today! We’d be happy to schedule an appointment to determine if a dental bridge is the right treatment for you.