If you’re missing one or multiple teeth, then a dental bridge may be the option for you! A dental bridge is a false tooth that’s used to fill in the gap of the empty area, restoring your teeth and giving you a full smile once more. Leaving your teeth with a gap, no matter how large or small, can be dangerous to your dental health. Without the support of all your teeth, the ones with an empty side can start to shift so they can fill in the gap. This shifting can cause a change in your bite, the shape of your face, and other dental issues.
With the help of dental bridges, you won’t have to suffer from shifting teeth and potential pain. Your false teeth or tooth will be supported by the healthy teeth on either side of the space. Typically, porcelain crowns are placed over the surrounding teeth, with the pontic (missing tooth) fused between them.
Types of Dental Bridges
1. Traditional Fixed Bridge – Mentioned previously, this commonly used type of bridge provides porcelain crowns that are placed over the two surrounding teeth and used as anchors to hold the false tooth/teeth in place. The false tooth is typically made of either porcelain fused-to-metal or ceramics.
2. Cantilever Bridge – This type of bridge is used when teeth are only present on one side of the gap. A cantilever bridge is also used in the areas of your mouth that don’t experience an intense chewing load, like the front of your teeth.
3. Resin-Bonded Bridge – Metal bands are bonded to the surrounding teeth with resin and are used to hold the false tooth in place. This is also typically used in the areas that don’t deal with a lot of stress or pressure, like your front teeth.
How It’s Done
To receive dental bridges, a minimum of two visits to our office is required. During your first visit, your surrounding teeth will be prepared to be fitted with a crown to support the incoming false tooth/teeth. This may include filing down the teeth so the crown will fit over it, but still make your smile look natural. Then, an impression of your teeth is taken and sent off to the laboratory that will be creating the bridge. Finally, we’ll provide you with a temporary bridge that will be fitted and used to protect your smile while the bridge is prepared.
At your second visit, Dr. Flynn-Nyktas will remove your temporary bridge to fit and adjust your brand new dental bridge. Multiple visits may be required to check and adjust the fit, but your smile will no longer feel empty again!
To learn more about this procedure, call your Belleville NJ dentist at (973) 450-0511 and schedule an appointment today.