Dental Bridges are a dental treatment that is designed to replace missing teeth. The procedure involves the placement of a crown on either side of the tooth that is missing and false teeth are attached between the crowns, which fill the missing space. Bridges can be made with the same material as crowns and bridges composed of ceramic or porcelain mimic the natural color of teeth. Depending on where the missing tooth is located, your Virginia cosmetic dentist will recommend a material that is most cosmetically pleasing.
A smile that is missing teeth can be embarrassing and sometimes even decrease a person’s self-esteem. Also, even one missing tooth can cause the rest of the teeth to shift out of alignment. Because of this, ourdentist often offer dental bridges for patients that have missing teeth and choose not to have an implant. It is common for patients with one or more adjacent missing teeth replace them with dental bridges. There are several different types of dental bridges but they all work on the same concept. They are made to fill in the gap left by the missing tooth or teeth by “bridging” that gap.
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Our dentists recommend dental bridges to many patient’s missing teeth so that they do not gain any further orthodontic issues that might require even more extensive and costly procedures. When a gap is left in a person’s smile, the surrounding teeth automatically want to fill in that gap. They do this by beginning to shift toward the open space. This shifting process leaves other teeth vulnerable, however, and therefore should not be allowed to happen. Our dentists will help prevent this with a dental bridge that is customized to correct each patient’s unique smile.
Fixed dental bridges use abutment teeth on either side of the area where teeth are missing in order to hold the bridge firmly in place. Two porcelain crowns are fitted over the abutment teeth to create a sturdy and durable solution. The gap is filled in with one or more pontics, or prosthetic teeth, that are exactly colored and shaped to match the patient’s own natural teeth.
Bridges can also be attached to dental implants for a more permanent solution. Dental implants are placed in the jaw bone and act as artificial tooth roots. Our dentist will attach the bridge to the tiny titanium implant with a cap that is fitted to its tip. While the bridge itself may need to be restored or replaced after many years of use, the implants will remain a permanent structure for the bridge to attach to.
If you are missing teeth, time is not on your side. Call today to schedule a consultation withone of our dentists in Hastings-on-Hudson Dental Arts. We are a short drive from Irvington and Tarrytown.
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