Limitations of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges aren’t perfect for every situation, however. Dental bridges might not be recommended because of these limitations:
Dental bridges use your natural teeth for support. In order to fit the crowns on your natural teeth, we have to remove some of your tooth enamel, which is irreplaceable. As a result of the loss of enamel and the additional forces placed on them, supporting teeth for dental bridges might fail earlier than they might have otherwise.
To try to limit the risk to supporting teeth, we try to place dental bridges only in places where the bite forces aren’t too strong. This means that you might not be able to get a bridge for your lost tooth. It means that we normally only use a bridge to replace one lost tooth flanked by two healthy teeth.
Finally, dental bridges don’t stimulate the jawbone and gums. Over time, this might mean that your body will remove enough jawbone to create a gap under the bridge.
In these cases, dental implants might be better for you than dental bridges.
Let Dr. Siegel Recommend the Best Tooth Replacement Option
If you have lost one or more teeth, it’s important to consider your options. In many cases, dental implants are the best choice. However, there are some situations where a dental bridge is a better choice, such as if you:
Dr. Siegel has more than over 35 years of experience placing all types of dental restorations, including dental bridges. His neuromuscular training helps him understand the bite forces at play where the dental bridge might go.
To talk to Dr. Siegel about your tooth replacement options in Montgomery County, please call (610) 272-0828 today for an appointment at Dental Excellence of Blue Bell.