A dental bridge is an appliance that “bridges” the gap left behind by a missing tooth. We can use this treatment to replace one, two, or even three teeth in a row. Because they are durable and natural-looking, bridges are one of our most popular tooth replacement options. At New Roc Dental, we can use dental bridges to restore the function and appearance of your teeth!
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a treatment we use to restore one or more missing teeth. Most bridges consist of three parts – a false tooth and two anchor teeth. The anchor teeth are called “abutments.” They are the teeth on either side of the gap. These teeth are fitted with crowns, which then hold the replacement tooth in place.
The replacement tooth fills the gap between your natural teeth. We will design your crowns and tooth replacement to match the size, color, and shape of your surrounding teeth. Although your new tooth will not have an artificial root system, the two anchor teeth will provide support and will help prevent it from breaking under the pressure of your bite.
What is the Placement Process?
To begin, our team will examine your mouth and take detailed pictures of your teeth. We will send this information to a dental lab, where a team will design and create your permanent crowns. This process may take a few weeks.
During your second appointment, Dr. Wynter will prepare your abutment teeth for their crowns. They will have to be filed down to ensure your attachments fit well and stay in place. Next, Dr. Wynter will place your two anchor crowns and will attach your new replacement tooth. Once everything is in place, you will be able to enjoy your new, beautiful smile!
What Are the Differences Between Bridges and Other Tooth Replacements?
At New Roc Dental, we offer three tooth replacement options – bridges, dental implants, and dentures.
Dental implants are titanium posts that are surgically attached to the jawbone. Once the mouth has healed, a dental crown is permanently attached to the top of the post. Because there is an artificial root system, implants are very sturdy and promote bone growth. Unfortunately, most patients need at least four to six months (or longer) to heal from their initial surgery – meaning they have to wait a long time before they can enjoy the benefits of their procedure.
Dentures can replace several or even all of the teeth in a dental arch. They are usually made from plastic and are either held in place with a special dental glue, or with wires and brackets. Modern dentures are very reliable and natural-looking. However, they need to be taken out and cleaned after every meal and must be kept wet when they are not being used.
Bridges are very durable, comfortable, and attractive. They do not take as long to install as implants and generally last longer than dentures. They are an excellent alternative for those who are not candidates for implants but want something more permanent than dentures.
If you would like to learn more about dental bridges, please call our office at 914-235-8065.