Your smile isn’t the only thing affected by one or more missing teeth — empty spaces in your upper or lower jaw can make it harder to chew and speak clearly, and may even impact the alignment of your bite. To restore missing teeth and revitalize your smile, the team of cosmetic dentists at Carnegie Hill Dental Group in New York City offers a full menu of restorative services, including dental bridges. To learn more, call their Upper East Side office or schedule an appointment online today.
A dental bridge is an effective restorative solution used to fill the gaps left by lost permanent teeth, preserve bite alignment and function, and re-create a beautiful, natural-looking smile.
The bridge itself, which may be made up of one or more artificial porcelain teeth, is cemented into place using your natural teeth on either side for support — thereby “bridging” the gap.
Designed to blend in perfectly with your natural teeth, bridges can be fitted in place in a variety of ways. The three basic types of dental bridges are:
An implant-supported bridge is fixed in place and supported on either side by dental implants capped with porcelain crowns. Because an implant-supported bridge stimulates the underlying bone, it’s usually stronger, more durable, and longer-lasting than other types of bridges.
This type of bridge is anchored by your natural teeth, which may or may not be covered with porcelain crowns for additional stability. Because a tooth-supported bridge doesn’t stimulate the underlying bone, it requires a bit more care and maintenance than an implant-supported bridge.
This tooth-supported bridge includes metal wings, or bands, that are bonded to the support teeth with resin for enhanced strength and durability. This type of bridge is usually reserved for front teeth, where bite load and pressure is lowest.
Because the technology used in bridgework is highly flexible, dental bridges are an ideal solution for many patients affected by missing teeth.
Tooth-supported bridges are an especially beneficial option for men and women who can’t receive dental implants, either because they have insufficient jawbone mass or they aren’t suitable candidates for surgery.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, the team at Carnegie Hill Dental Group can explain your options after a comprehensive oral exam.
Whether you’re a suitable candidate for bridgework, implants, or both, they let you know what you can expect from either procedure so you can choose the restoration that’s best for you.
Ongoing advances in dental materials, technologies, and techniques mean that your bridge should last for many years, provided you maintain good dental habits and optimal oral hygiene.
To keep your dental bridge in top condition, brush with a nonabrasive toothpaste at least twice a day and floss regularly, taking extra care where your bridge meets your natural teeth to prevent the formation of hidden decay.
To learn more about the benefits of dental bridges, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.