Memphis dentist Dr. Elizabeth Lee offers options for replacing missing teeth, including dental bridges. A dental bridge can replace one or more consecutive missing teeth to restore function and aesthetics to your smile and support long term dental health.
The many advances made in both materials and techniques have improved the quality and integrity of dental bridges, providing options for a permanent, secure and natural looking result. A dental bridge is a prosthetic tooth that is anchored on either side by your natural teeth or dental implants. Your bridge can be permanently secured for complete confidence and comfort.
Dental Bridge: What To Expect
Dr. Lee will evaluate your oral health and discuss your concerns before creating your personalized plan of treatment for replacing missing teeth with a dental bridge. The first step will involve the preparation of the anchor teeth. If dental implants are to be placed, this process will need to be completed prior to placing your bridge.
Once the anchor teeth are prepared or in place, dental impressions will be taken for use in fabricating a custom made dental bridge that will fit comfortably in your mouth and provide normal function. A temporary restoration may be placed while your new bridge is being made. Once complete, Dr. Lee will secure your dental bridge and make any necessary adjustments for fit. You will be given cafe instructions, but generally good oral hygiene and routine dentistry will ensure that your bridge will last for many years.
Dental Bridge or Dental Implant?
Dental implants are now considered the “gold standard” of tooth replacement and often recommended, especially in the case of a single missing tooth. A dental implant replaces all parts of the tooth, including the tooth root, for better long term dental health and healthy bone structure in the jaw.
A dental implant requires more investment of time and money up front when compared to a dental bridge, but the benefits of dental implants include superior results when it comes to aesthetics, comfort and over-all health benefits. Dr. Lee will work with you to determine which option is best suited to your unique concerns, cosmetic goals and budget.