At ToothDocs, dental bridges are fixed prosthetic devices that replace one or more missing teeth by bridging the gap between adjacent natural teeth or dental implants. Consisting of artificial teeth, known as pontics, anchored to dental crowns on either side, dental bridges restore the appearance and function of the missing teeth. These fixed restorations help improve oral aesthetics, support proper bite alignment, and prevent adjacent teeth from shifting. Dental bridges are a durable and aesthetically pleasing solution for individuals looking to replace missing teeth and restore a functional smile.
A traditional bridge is a fixed restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth. The bridge consists of an artificial tooth or teeth called a pontic, which is fused between two porcelain crowns. The crowns are cemented to the natural teeth on either side of the gap left by the missing tooth/teeth. These natural teeth are called abutment teeth and serve as anchors for the bridge.
A cantilever bridge is similar to a traditional bridge but uses only one natural tooth as an anchor instead of two. This type of bridge is used when the neighboring teeth are healthy and have large fillings or little enamel left.
A Maryland bridge is similar to a traditional one, but instead of a crown on each abutment tooth, it uses two metal bands bonded to the back of the teeth. This eliminates the need for crowns on the abutment teeth, but it can only be used when there is enough existing tooth structure to support the bands.
An implant-supported bridge is used when more than one tooth is missing. Instead of anchoring the replacement teeth to the natural teeth on either side, they are attached to dental implants. These implants must be surgically placed into the jawbone. Once the implants have healed, they act as anchors for the prosthetic teeth.
Dental bridges in New York, enhance the smile's appearance by filling gaps caused by missing teeth. The prosthetic teeth are designed to match the existing teeth' natural color, shape, and alignment, creating a seamless and aesthetically pleasing result.
Dental bridges restore proper bite alignment and improve chewing function by replacing missing teeth. This contributes to better digestion and overall oral health, preventing issues associated with an uneven bite or difficulty in eating.
Gaps left by missing teeth can lead to adjacent teeth shifting over time. Dental bridges help maintain the proper spacing between teeth, preventing misalignment and the potential for other dental issues.
The loss of teeth can lead to changes in facial structure, such as sagging or a sunken appearance. Dental bridges support facial muscles and tissues, helping maintain a youthful and natural facial contour.
Dental bridges offer a reliable and aesthetically pleasing solution, whether you're missing one tooth or several. Visit ToothDocs at 630 5th Avenue, Suite 1815, New York, New York 10111, or 1044 Northern Blvd., Suite 106, Roslyn, New York 11576. You can schedule an appointment online or call us at call (212) 969-9490 or (516) 625-0088.