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Why Patients Choose Dental Bridges

June 29, 2019
Posted By: Amy S. Au DDS
Dental Bridges | Berkeley

If you’re looking into tooth replacement options, you might wonder why you would choose a dental bridge over a dental implant. While implants offer many benefits, bridges have their own unique advantages. When you opt for dental bridges in Berkeley, CA, it’s probably for one of the following reasons.

Faster Placement

A dental bridge is an artificial tooth that is anchored to the teeth on either side. The dental bridge process is relatively fast compared with the dental implant process. With implants, it takes four to six months after the initial surgery before you receive the final implant. With dental bridges, you can fill the gap in your smile soon after having a tooth extracted. 

Inadequate Bone Mass

Dental bridges do not require a certain amount of healthy bone mass, as dental implants do. If you don’t have enough good-quality bone for a dental implant, you may qualify for a bone graft. However, choosing a dental bridge avoids multiple surgical procedures and the additional cost of bone grafting.

A Non-Surgical Option

Certain people aren’t eligible for implant surgery due to medical conditions, poor oral health, or medications. A dental bridge is less invasive than a dental implant and may offer the perfect solution.

Lower Initial Cost

Dental bridges cost significantly less than implants, and for some people, that is a major consideration. While dental implants can last a lifetime, the crown portion does need to be replaced periodically due to wear and tear. 

When you lose a tooth, it can create a ripple effect on your oral health. If you’re concerned about a missing tooth or will soon be having a tooth extracted, contact us to learn more about dental bridges in our Berkeley, CA dentist office. We have solutions for missing teeth.

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Our team closely follows guidelines set forth by the CDC, OSHA, ADA, and Berkeley City in regards to existing and new personal protective equipment (PPE), updated engineering, modified administrative protocols, and extra safety practice protocols. You can expect to see some changes for your next appointment, such as pre-appointment respiratory screening, daily temperature-taking, social distanced office area, more air purification and ventilation in each operatory, staggered and lengthened appointments, and more physical barriers installed to keep the office a safe environment for everyone.

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Thank you for your cooperation! We look forward to seeing you soon!

Amy Au and the Berkeley Prosthodontics Dental Team