A San Antonio, TX dentist, describes the benefits of dental bridges
In San Antonio, TX, patients have several different ways to restore their smiles after tooth loss. Choosing the option appropriate for their needs can seem overwhelming, but with the assistance of Dr. Philip Miner and his team, patients can learn more about solutions such as dental bridges. Dental bridges are restorations used to replace one or more teeth in a row and provide a more permanent option when compared to partial dentures. However, they are less expensive than solutions such as dental implants.
What is a dental bridge?
The Miner Dental team best describes a dental bridge as a restoration that replaces one or more teeth in a row using a ceramic restoration, which uses false teeth called pontics that support each side using adjacent teeth. The bridge is bonded onto the neighboring teeth for support. For patients missing teeth on one or both sides of the area, dental implants can also be used to hold the bridge in place while maintaining the natural bone of the jaw underneath.
How long does a dental bridge last?
Many patients ask Dr. Philip Miner, “are dental bridges permanent?” While they are more permanent than a partial denture, they are not as permanent as a restoration such as a dental implant. However, they do last many years with proper care. To sustain a dental bridge as long as possible, patients should be mindful to keep the teeth and gums underneath and around the bridge healthy and clean while also visiting the dentist regularly for evaluations to ensure they are not chipped or cracked. Patients who need to replace their dental bridge should do so as soon as possible to avoid damage to the remaining teeth.
What are the benefits of the dental bridge?
A dental bridge has several advantages that make it an excellent choice for many patients. The dental bridge:
- Is an affordable option when compared to dental implants or implant-supported dentures
- Provides restoration after the loss of one or several teeth in a row
- Is often covered in part by dental insurance plans
- Is long-lasting with proper care
- Offers a natural-looking solution to missing teeth
Is a dental bridge right for me?
Determining tooth replacement options for a patient requires Dr. Philip Miner to evaluate the patient for this and other alternatives. If you need replacing missing teeth and are considering the advantages of dental bridges, now is the time to call the office to schedule an appointment. The office is located at 1100 NW Loop 410, Suite #825, and can be reached by calling (210) 934-5265. We accept new and returning patients and families in our San Antonio, TX, area practice.