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Dental bridges make it possible to replace missing teeth and recreate a full smile! These restorations are traditionally made of artificial teeth (called pontics) that are attached to a metal or ceramic bridge. At each end of the bridge is a dental crown, which fits over an existing tooth to help hold the bridge in place. At Transcendental in Clifton, NJ, Dr. Toan Bui is your dentist for dental bridges—a consultation with him determine if this tooth replacement option is right for you!
Types of Dental Bridges
There is more than one type of dental bridge and a consultation with our Clifton dentist can determine which one is right for you! Whatever type of dental bridge you need, it will be custom made for a perfect fit. Some types of dental bridges include:
- Conventional dental bridge
- Cantilever dental bridge
- Resin-bonded dental bridge
Conventional or traditional dental bridges are held in place by dental crowns that fit over the natural teeth at each end of the bridge. A cantilever or resin-bonded dental bridge can be used when there are no natural teeth for a crown to fit over on one side of the dental bridge.
Benefits of a Dental Bridge
A dental bridge offers several benefits. Some of these benefits are functional, such as providing additional teeth for biting and chewing food. Others are aesthetic, such as filling in the gaps in your smile where teeth are missing. The larger list of benefits includes:
- Restoring your smile
- Boosting your confidence
- Providing support for sagging facial muscles
- Preventing existing teeth from moving out of place
- Restoring normal biting and chewing functions
- Redistributing biting and chewing functions evenly across all teeth
- Alleviating extra strain on existing teeth that were compensating for missing ones
- Improving speech, which can be affected by gaps in your smile
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If you are missing a tooth, you may have noticed that chewing or speaking has become more difficult. You may also be embarrassed by your gap, or feel as though it increases your self-consciousness. If this is the case, you could benefit from a dental bridge. This dental restoration from your Clifton, NJ dentist at Transcendental Smiles gives you back your smile, making you look great and feel even better.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a dental restoration which, as the name implies, bridges the gap left behind from a missing tooth. The bridge itself is made from porcelain and has three prosthetic teeth in a row. A permanent, or fixed, bridge has a dental crown on either end. The crowns attach to the healthy teeth surrounding the gap, using them as an anchor. Removable bridges attach to the surrounding teeth using hidden metal clasps to fit onto the teeth.
Why is a dental bridge necessary?
Sometimes, unfortunately, saving your natural tooth is simply impossible. Some common reasons for extractions include teeth which are heavily decayed or which are too weak or compromised to support a dental crown. Tooth loss also occurs due to trauma to the tooth. No matter what the reason, a missing tooth takes a toll on more than just your appearance. The surrounding teeth might move to compensate for the gap, or the bone underneath could begin to atrophy. Dental bridges help prevent these unfortunate side effects of tooth loss from happening.
The entire dental bridge process is usually completed within two dental visits. At the first visit, your Clifton dentist takes a mold of your mouth. A dental laboratory uses this mold to fabricate a completely customized dental bridge according to your mouth. If your dentist suggests a permanent bridge, the two teeth which hold it require preparation. This involves shaving parts of the enamel from the tooth so that it fits inside of the crown and ensures a perfect fit. The dental laboratory needs several weeks to complete the permanent restoration. Your second visit takes place after the bridge comes back from the lab. Your dentist then permanently secures it to your teeth.
For more information on dental bridges, please contact Dr. Toan K. Bui, DMD at Transcendental Smiles in Clifton, NJ. Call (973) 458-9899 to schedule your consultation for a dental bridge today!