A dental bridge is a fixed replacement alternative for missing teeth. They will cover the gap of missing teeth and re-establish the appearance of your smile. Dental bridges function and appear like your natural teeth. At Family Smiles Fort Lee, we offer dental bridges to restore your oral functions and smile aesthetics.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge comprises a prosthetic tooth held firmly in position by the abutment teeth. A crown is placed on either side of the missing tooth spanning the gap, and then in between, an artificial tooth is placed. The final restoration has three or more teeth, synthetic and natural, connected together. A dental bridge looks natural and can help re-establish full chewing function.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Restore your smile aesthetics
- Look, feel, and function like natural teeth.
- Reinstate your ability to speak and chew efficiently
- Help re-distribute the regular biting forces,
- Prevents the shifting and movement of adjacent natural teeth
- Reduces the risk of jawbone loss and maintains the facial structure
- Fixed permanently in the mouth, bridges provide a solid and stable feel
- Don’t require extra effort for cleaning
Types of Dental Bridges
A traditional bridge is the most preferred type of dental restoration to replace missing teeth. It can be opted for, when natural teeth are present on either side of your missing tooth.
In cantilever bridges, only one natural tooth next to the missing tooth is required to hold the restoration in position.
These restorations use dental implants instead of crowns or frameworks. Typically, a couple of implants are surgically placed at strategic locations in the mouth to support the bridge firmly in position.
Process of Dental Bridges
A dental bridge is generally accomplished over two appointments. During the first visit, the adjacent teeth of the gap are prepared to allow adequate spacing for the crowns to be secured on their surface. An impression will then be taken of the opening and the prepared adjacent teeth. This provides an exact mold for the fabrication of your dental bridge.
The impression will be sent to our dental lab, where porcelain material is used to create the dental bridge. They are accurately handcrafted, often utilizing multiple layers of material in varying color shades for a smooth, radiant, and natural result. Once ready, the bridge will be secured over the prepared natural teeth and checked for proper bite and fit.
To learn more about dental bridge restorations, visit our office, Family Smiles Fort Lee, at 810 Abbott Boulevard Suite 302, Fort Lee, NJ 07024. You can also reach us at (201) 224-2705 and schedule an appointment.