Dental Implants and Fixed Bridges
When a tooth is lost, there are several options to replace the tooth. Bridges, dental implants, and partial dentures each have their advantages and disadvantages. Dr. Wood will be happy to discuss your options and review the benefits of the various treatment alternatives.
- A dental bridge is a custom dental restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth. A bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance attached to two or more teeth adjacent to the missing tooth’s space. It can be made of a gold alloy or porcelain fused to the gold alloy. A bridge is fabricated in a professional dental laboratory and is cemented by the dentist to the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth.
- A dental implant is an excellent way to replace one or more missing teeth without reducing tooth structure. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots made of titanium alloy, surgically placed by a periodontist or oral surgeon. A specially designed crown is placed on the artificial root, creating a natural-looking tooth replacement.
- A partial denture is a removable appliance that can replace multiple missing teeth and may be an option when a bridge or implant cannot be placed.