Tooth loss is a common issue that people face all throughout the country. In fact, approximately 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Fortunately, just because you’re missing a tooth doesn’t mean that you need to go the rest of your life with an unsightly gap in your smile. At NU Dental of Barnegat, Dr. Admasu Gizachew offers customized dental bridges to restore the appearance and function of your smile. To learn more about dental bridges in Barnegat, contact our office!
A dental bridge is a type of restoration that can be used to replace one or several consecutive missing teeth. This can be anywhere from a single tooth to four teeth in a row. The bridge is comprised of two crowns and a number of replacement teeth, also known as “pontics.” The crowns are anchored on the adjacent teeth or implants (depending on the type of bridge that you need). Bridges can be crafted out of numerous different materials, but porcelain is usually the best choice for a strong, natural looking restoration.
If it’s determined that you make a good candidate for a dental bridge, there are two different types that you could end up with. Here is what each one entails:
If you still have healthy teeth on each side of the gap that needs to be filled in, a traditional bridge is ideal. The teeth that support dental crowns are known as “abutment teeth,” and they need to be altered slightly in order for the bridge to fit properly. This type of restoration can be placed in just a few visits and is typically less pricy than their implant alternative.
Dental implant bridges can be used when there are three or more missing teeth in a row. Instead of being placed over abutment teeth, the crowns are placed on the titanium implants that merge with the jaw and act as artificial tooth roots. Implant bridges last longer than traditional bridges on average and help to prevent jawbone deterioration in the future as a result of tooth loss.
A dental bridge is a relatively simple, yet cost-effective option for replacing missing teeth. In addition to providing strength and stability for chewing and speaking, they help to maintain the shape of your face. They also keep your natural teeth from shifting out of place and causing misalignment issues in the future.