Dental Bridges may prove to be a viable alternative to patients who do not want to use implants.  The patient should have teeth located next to the affected tooth for this process to work correctly.  It is important to consider the different types of bridge processes that exist.

A traditional fixed approach is the most common procedure used.  Two crowns are placed beside two natural teeth.  Surrounding teeth have to be shaped in a manner that will accommodate the crowns.  Once complete, the crown and false tooth are joined together and placed into the patient’s mouth.  This approach is permanent.

The bonded process is not as common and is less expensive.  Healthy teeth must exist for this procedure to work.  In general, the entire process is much less evasive, but it is usually only effective for front teeth.

The third type of dental bridges available is called a cantilever, and this is another method that is most effective for front teeth. This process is not typically as sturdy and needs to be done to teeth that don’t do much chewing.  These units only require one side of the natural tooth to be attached.

Unfortunately, some patients are not candidates for the above procedures.  In these cases, dental implants are usually the option. Implants are often used to help those who have poor fitting dentures and uneven jaw lines.

Two types of implant names are artificial bone substitute, which essentially rebuilds the natural jaw bone, and a subperiosteal implant that is fitted directly to the bone.  The final implant is an endosteal which effectively replaces the root of the natural tooth.

Regardless of the procedure that is needed, it is important to check with a doctor on all the options regarding the actual process and how much is covered by insurance.  Dental bridges and implants can provide beneficial results for years to come.