Nearly 70% of adults are missing at least one tooth by age 44. Living with a gap in your smile is an option, but it isn’t comfortable and can cause complications. At 286 Madison Dental in Midtown, Manhattan, the team of dental experts offers fixed dental bridges as an option to replace one or more missing teeth without surgery or bothersome removable appliances. To review your options for tooth replacement and decide if a bridge is right for you, call the New York City office or reserve your appointment online today.
Dental bridges are one of several options that you have when it comes to replacing a missing tooth. The idea of a dental bridge is that it bridges the gap left by a missing tooth by anchoring onto surrounding structures. You can choose from gold, metal, alloys, or porcelain materials.
There are a few types of dental bridges:
Traditional bridges consist of one or more false teeth called pontics to fill the gap and two dental crowns that attach to the sturdy teeth on either side of the gap.
Cantilever bridges are one-sided: They still have one or more pontics to replace your missing teeth, but the bridge only has one crown to attach to a nearby sturdy tooth. It’s common to use cantilever bridges on missing molar teeth at the very back of your mouth.
Implant-supported bridges work similarly to the other two types. The only difference is that the crowns anchor onto the abutments of dental implants instead of adjacent teeth.
Getting a dental bridge is pretty easy on your part. If your bridge will attach to your natural teeth, your dentist must prepare them for crowns.
They reduce the size of these teeth and make digital impressions using iTero®. Then they send the images to the lab where a technician uses them to custom craft your dental bridge so that it attaches seamlessly and looks natural in your smile.
While the lab makes your bridge, your dentist gives you a temporary bridge to wear that protects both the prepared teeth and your exposed gums.
Once the bridge is finished, you come back to 286 Madison Dental to have it fitted and placed. Your dentist attaches it with an adhesive that bonds to your teeth permanently.
Many patients’ first thought about getting a dental bridge is that it will give them a full, attractive smile that they’re not ashamed to put on display.
While a dental bridge definitely helps with your smile’s aesthetics, it has several other benefits for your oral health and functioning, too. Your dentist advises you of the benefits, which include:
Of course, your dentist helps you review all of your tooth replacement options to decide which one is right for your case.
Reserve your consultation for dental bridges by phone or online at 286 Madison Dental today.