FIXED BRIDGE VS IMPLANT-SUPPORTED BRIDGE
Fixed Dental Bridge
A fixed bridge is a bridge that takes advantage of the support provided by the teeth on either side of the missing tooth. During an initial visit, your dentist at Austin Cosmetic Dentistry will prepare the surrounding teeth by removing enamel and preparing the teeth for crowns. Since these teeth will be providing support for the artificial tooth, also known as the pontic, with crowns, those teeth will always need to be protected by crowns, even if you should choose a different type of bridge later on. Once your custom-made bridge is completed, your dentist will cement it in place.
Implant-Supported Dental Bridge
An implant-supported bridge is a good option if you are missing more than one tooth. During this surgical procedure, your dentist at Austin Cosmetic Dentistry will place metal posts into your jawbone, and overtime, those posts will undergo a process called osteointegration wherein the posts will fuse to your jawbone. After this is healed, your dentist will cement the bridge on top of the implants. Implants do not require support from the surrounding teeth, meaning that the surrounding teeth do not need to have any enamel removed; however, it is a surgical procedure and will take longer to complete.
At Austin Cosmetic Dentistry, our highly trained and experienced dentists will work closely with you to determine the best type of bridge for you. We understand how uncomfortable having a missing tooth can be, and it is our primary goal to develop a personalized plan to replace your missing tooth and ensure that you receive the high-quality dental care that you deserve.
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