If you are missing teeth, Indianapolis, IN dentist, Dr. David W. Goris offers several replacement options. With advances in modern dentistry, replacement teeth are virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. More treatment options mean better choices for patients looking for a solution that fits their oral health needs, aesthetic goals and budget.
Dr. Goris offers a dental bridge as a replacement option for replacing missing teeth. A bridge is a custom fabricated dental restoration designed to “bridge” the gap between teeth. Dental bridges can be used to replace a single missing tooth or several consecutive missing teeth. The bridgework is a series of prosthetic teeth linked together and supported by an anchor on either side of the gap. A dental bridge can either be removable or fixed. They are made from high-quality dental ceramic and are custom designed to mimic the appearance of adjacent teeth for a natural and beautiful result.
Dental Bridge Cost
The dental bridge cost will depend on the number and location of the missing teeth. The type of bridge and materials used will also factor into the cost. Dr. Goris accepts all dental insurance and will file claims on your behalf at the time of your visit to maximize your benefits. Additionally, we offer third party financing through Care Credit for patients who are concerned about cost.
Types of Dental Bridges
- Traditional Bridges – A traditional dental bridge is the most popular type. This type of bridge consists of a prosthetic tooth that is connected to two dental crowns which cover the teeth on either side of the gap. A disadvantage of this type of restoration is the stress it places on the natural teeth. If adjacent teeth are in good health, the stress could lead to premature wear or cavity formation.
- Cantilever Bridges – A cantilever dental bridge is similar to a traditional one. The only difference is it has a dental crown on one side of a false tooth, not both sides. It can be just as strong and durable with proper care and routine visits to your dentist.
- Maryland Bridge – The Maryland bridge is used when there are natural teeth on either side of the gap caused by a missing tooth (or teeth). Where a traditional bridge uses dental crowns on the abutment teeth, a Maryland bridge uses a metal or porcelain framework that is bonded to the abutment teeth.
- Dental Implant Supported Dental Bridges – An implant supported bridge is supported by dental implants and provides the most lifelike replacement for missing teeth. These have a 35% higher success rate compared to traditional bridgework and they eliminate the need to degrade adjacent teeth. Additionally, dental implants promote continued bone growth, preventing both bone shrinkage and gum recession associated with traditional bridges and dentures. Dr. Goris offers full-service implants from the comfort of our Indianapolis dentist office. He has extensive training and experience with dental implants procedures. Sometimes we will use a temporary bridge for 3-6 months while your implants are healing.
Dental Bridge vs. Dental Implant
If you have missing teeth, two of the options available are dental implants and a dental bridge. There are advantages to each type of treatment. In general, Dr. Goris supports a dental implant option to restore the most natural function and health to the mouth. Some patients may not be a candidate for dental implants because of their bone structure or the location of the missing teeth. In those cases, a bridge may be the best option. When compared to dental implants, the bridge is a more affordable option.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have missing teeth, we offer a dental bridge in our Indianapolis, IN and Greenwood, IN area office. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Goris at Beautiful Smiles. We will discuss your oral health, concerns, and budget to see which missing teeth option is right for you.