A dental bridge is a popular restoration often used in dentistry that “bridges” a gap between teeth. The gap is created by tooth loss or teeth that have recently been damaged and extracted. The actual bridgework is made up of a row of prosthetic teeth that are fused together and supported by anchors. Our dentists in Jackson Heights, NY offer many types of dental bridges to accommodate all their patients’ unique needs. A dental bridge is an efficient and effective solution to replace missing or damaged teeth. They are custom fabricated to fit precisely in the mouth and will blend in naturally with the remaining natural teeth.
Dr. Richard Corbin and Dr. Bruce Corbin are experienced restorative dentists in Jackson Heights that work with each patient on an individual basis ensuring optimal results. They have restored many smiles with dental bridges.
What is a Dental Bridge?
This type of dental prosthesis is used to replace one or more consecutive missing teeth. The actual structure of a bridge is made up of several components. Typically, on both ends of the bridgework, are the dental crowns. In between the two crowns are the fake teeth called pontics. There are many types of bridges available to accommodate different situations.
Traditional Dental Bridge: This is often used to replace one or more missing teeth. A fixed dental bridge is made up two dental crowns with the pontic(s) in the middle. The crowns will be anchored to the two teeth that are adjacent to the gap. These teeth will need to be reduced to make room for the crowns. They are solely responsible for holding the bridge in place and supporting it which places extras stress on the teeth and could lead to decay.
Cantilever Dental Bridge: This is like a traditional bridge but is only anchored to one tooth. For this reason, it is not as stable and will come with more restrictions. This type of bridge is usually used to replace only one tooth. A cantilever bridge applies a lot of extra force to the one anchor tooth. This causes a lot of stress and possible damage to that tooth. They are not recommended for back teeth.
Maryland Bridge: This type of bridge can only replace one or two consecutive teeth. The only difference from the other types of bridges is the method used to hold it in place. Instead of using anchor teeth to secure the bridgework, it uses metal wings that are bonded to the back of the two adjacent teeth. It is suitable to use this type of bridge when the adjacent teeth cannot stand being filed down, typically front teeth.
Dental Implant Supported Bridge: Dental implants are the number one recommend way to replace one or more missing teeth. Your Jackson Heights, NY dentist will perform an examination of your oral health, teeth, gums and overall health to determine if you qualify for them. In order to support a dental bridge, at least two implants will be surgically implanted into the jaw on both sides of the gap. The implants will act as the anchors for the prosthesis instead of natural, healthy teeth. It is used to replace two or more missing consecutive teeth.
Our dentists in Jackson Heights, NY are currently welcoming new patients. You can reach us at (347) 589-8466 to schedule a consultation or you can schedule an appointment online. Contact us today to learn more about which type of dental bridge is right for you.