Your smile isn’t the only thing affected by missing teeth — empty spaces in your upper or lower jaw make it harder to chew and speak clearly, and could eventually change the alignment of your bite. To replace missing teeth and revitalize your smile, the experienced team of dentists at Tribeca Dental Studio offers a full menu of restorative services, including dental bridges. Call their New York City office to learn more or schedule an appointment online today.
A dental bridge is a restorative solution used to fill gaps left by lost permanent teeth, preserve bite alignment and function, and recreate a natural-looking smile.
A bridge, which can be made up of one or more artificial porcelain teeth, is firmly cemented into place with your natural teeth supporting it on either side to effectively “bridge” the gap.
Made to blend in perfectly with your natural teeth, dental bridges can be fitted to your jaw in a variety of ways. The three most common kinds of bridges are:
An implant-supported bridge is fixed in place with dental implants supporting the bridge on either side and have been capped with porcelain crowns. Because the implants in this type of bridge actively stimulate your jawbone to keep it healthy, this restorative solution is typically stronger and more durable than other kinds of bridges.
This kind of bridge is supported by your natural teeth on either side, which can be capped with porcelain crowns for additional stability. Because nothing actively stimulates the underlying bone with a tooth-supported bridge, it requires more care and maintenance than an implant-supported bridge.
A temporary tooth-supported bridge can also be used to restore missing teeth while a patient waits for dental implants.
This tooth-supported bridge includes wings, or bands, that are bonded to the support teeth with resin for enhanced strength and durability. It’s usually reserved for front teeth, where bite load and pressure are lower.
Because the technology used in bridgework is flexible, dental bridges are an ideal restorative solution to a wide range of cases related to missing teeth, particularly when dental implants aren’t an option.
Tooth-supported bridges are especially beneficial for men and women who can’t receive dental implants, either because they aren’t good candidates for surgery or they don’t have sufficient jawbone quality or mass.
Ongoing advances in dental materials, technologies, and techniques mean that your bridge should last for many years as long as you maintain good dental habits.
To keep your bridgework and your surrounding teeth in excellent condition, brush with a nonabrasive toothpaste twice a day and floss regularly, taking extra care where your bridge meets your natural teeth to prevent the formation of hidden decay.
To find out if bridgework is the best solution to your restorative needs, call Tribeca Dental Studio or book an appointment online today.