For those who suffer from missing teeth, daily activities like eating and smiling can be uncomfortable or embarrassing. You don’t have to live with missing teeth. Fortunately, there are numerous restorative dentistry treatments available to repair damaged or missing teeth and improve dental function. Dental bridges are a great option in restorative dentistry as this treatment is suitable to many of our Brooklyn patients. Read on to learn more about dental bridges.
There are different types of dental bridges, however, all are used to replace missing teeth. Though there are different types of dental bridges, all dental bridges replace missing teeth by “bridging” the gap left by a missing tooth or teeth. The different types of dental bridges include traditional bridges, Maryland bonded bridges, and cantilever bridges.
Traditional bridges: Traditional bridges are made of one to three artificial teeth connected to two dental crowns on both ends. Traditional dental bridges are generally used when there are two healthy teeth that can be topped with crowns. Traditional dental bridges can also be attached to dental implants if there are no natural teeth to attach to.
Maryland bonded bridges: The Maryland bonded bridge differs from traditional bridges by the inclusion of artificial gums.
Cantilever bridges: Cantilever bridges only need one natural tooth to anchor to, making it an option for those missing multiple teeth.
Dental bridge treatment is non-invasive, making it suitable for most patients missing one or more teeth. Candidates for dental bridges include patients who identify with one or more of the following:
Missing teeth: For those who are missing one or more teeth, dental bridges are useful in restoring dental health. Dental bridges are especially useful for those who have enough healthy teeth and don’t require dentures, but still require tooth replacement.
Unable to undergo surgery: For those who are not healthy enough to undergo dental implant surgery, traditional dental bridge treatment is a viable option.
Those looking to replace missing teeth quickly: Dental bridge treatment can be completed relatively quickly. Most dental bridge treatment only requires two dental visits over about two weeks, which is much shorter than dental implant treatment which can take more than six months to complete.
Those who don’t want to have dental implant surgery: Even if a person is healthy enough for oral surgery, not all patients want to undergo surgery for implant placement. These patients are prime candidates for dental bridges as it provides the benefits of tooth replacement without surgery.
Living with missing teeth can be painful, uncomfortable, and embarrassing. Dental bridges can greatly improve quality of life, allowing you to eat the foods you love in comfort and smile with confidence. Other benefits of replacing missing teeth with dental bridges include keeping the remaining teeth from shifting. The jaws and tooth alignment change once teeth are missing. Replacing missing teeth with dental bridges can help keep remaining teeth in the proper place. Dental bridges also offer long-term tooth replacement. If cared for properly, dental bridges can last well over 15 years.
To find out if you’re a candidate for dental bridges, schedule an appointment with Dr. Gary Herskovits.