Complete Your Smile with Dental Bridges
When a tooth falls out or needs to be extracted, the oral health of a patient can be seriously impacted. Patients may experience bone deterioration, periodontal disease, and bite problems as the remaining teeth shift around in the mouth. Dr. Stephen J. Malki offers dental bridges at his New Jersey practice as a long-lasting solution to tooth loss, effectively reducing the chances of diminished oral health.
If you have experienced tooth loss and are interested in learning more about how dental bridges can help, please contact Malki Dental today.
What are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges close the gap left by a tooth that has fallen out or been extracted. Bridges are composed of artificial teeth, also known as pontics, usually supported on both sides by two dental crowns. Because there are several types of dental bridges, Dr. Malki works with patients to determine which bridge best suits their needs. When placed, dental bridges alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with tooth loss, and create a uniform set of teeth.
Types of Traditional Dental Bridges
While all dental bridges serve the same purpose, the type of bridge that a patient has placed will depend on the location of the missing tooth as well as the strength of the surrounding teeth. Dr. Malki will discuss the best options for treatment with each patient.
These are the most common bridges used to replace missing teeth. During the placement of fixed bridges, Dr. Malki will prep the teeth on either side of the gap, and fit them with porcelain crowns. These crowns provide stability for the synthetic tooth, restoring strength in the patient’s teeth.
Resin-bonded bridges are ideal for patients who have healthy teeth on either side of the space where a tooth was lost. Instead of using crowns to anchor the pontic, Dr. Malki will bond the false tooth into place using metal bands and special dental cement. The placement of resin-bonded bridges requires less tooth preparation than other bridgework.
Cantilever bridges are used when a healthy tooth is available on only one side of the gap. Therefore, the pontic is bonded to a crown on only one side. Since these bridges generally aren’t as strong as fixed bridges, they are only used in areas of the mouth that aren’t exposed to high stress.
Benefits of Traditional Bridges
The most important benefit of dental bridges is that they reduce the risk of further oral health complications. Left untreated, gaps between the teeth can lead to gum disease, a shift in the remaining teeth, and jaw misalignment. Patients who have dental bridges placed are also able to chew, talk, and care for their teeth more comfortably. Finally, dental bridges are aesthetically pleasing. Not only do they fill in obvious gaps, they blend in seamlessly with the surrounding teeth. Porcelain, which is the main component of most dental bridges and crowns, effectively mimics the look of natural teeth. Therefore, dental bridges allow Dr. Malki to create a uniform set of teeth.
Implant-supported bridges are held in place by dental implants rather than adjacent teeth. Because implant-supported bridges do not require major alterations to healthy surrounding teeth, they are the preferred method of tooth replacement for most patients.