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Comparing the types of support for dental bridges in San Francisco

Types of Dental Bridges from San Francisco Dentist

When the loss of even one tooth occurs, the structure, function, and health of the mouth is affected, and the patients’ oral health is at risk. Because of this, addressing missing teeth promptly is crucial. When the loss occurs between healthy teeth, the most appropriate solution is likely a dental bridge.

Either dental implants or dental crowns can be used to support a bridge. We will explain the difference between these two options to help our patients in San Francisco, and beyond, make an informed decision.

Dental bridges supported by crowns

A traditional dental bridge is typically anchored to the healthy teeth adjacent to the gap. The teeth are shaped and covered with dental crowns to ensure the strength and health of these teeth, because they will act as support for the restoration. The process begins by reducing the anchor teeth to accommodate the crowns. Impressions of the prepared teeth and mouth are taken and used to design the bridge. The replacement teeth are fused between the crowns to fill the space left by missing teeth. There are advantages and disadvantages to this type of restoration.

Advantages – The treatment is quick and easy. This non-invasive treatment can usually be completed in a couple of weeks with just two appointments. This is the most affordable option.

Disadvantages – The biggest drawback to this option is that two teeth that are likely healthy must be significantly altered. Additionally, the loss of tooth roots is not addressed, which can lead to bone loss in the jaw.

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Dental bridges supported by implants

Dental implants are small posts that are surgically placed in the jawbone. The bone fuses with the implant, creating an extremely strong foundation for a restoration. The multi-step process involves placing the implant and, after a period of healing, an abutment (connector) is attached to the implant. In the final step, the restoration is placed on the abutment. There are advantages and disadvantages to this option as well.

Advantages – Dental implants are more comfortable and secure, and longer lasting than any other restoration. They function, look, and feel like natural teeth, and they are just as easy to care for. Additionally, implants replace the tooth root, which preserves the integrity of the jawbone.

Disadvantages – The biggest disadvantage to implants is the lengthy procedure. It can take 6 to 12 months to complete. Additionally, the cost of implant supported dental bridges is significantly higher than the type supported by dental crowns.

Dr. Arellano and his team work with patients in San Francisco and the surrounding areas to help them find the best option to meet their needs, schedule, and budget. Call 415-881-4343 and schedule an appointment today.

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Missing tooth and retained baby teeth replaced with implants and crowns

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