Restore Your Smile with a Customized Dental Bridge
If you have missing teeth, you already know how gaps in your smile can affect how you chew and speak. An incomplete smile can also negatively impact how confidant you are in your appearance. At Greater Long Island Dental, we can restore the balance and function of your bite. Dental bridges, a type of dental restoration available at our Long Island practice, can fill the spaces left by missing teeth, and allow you to look and feel your best. Our restorations are made to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth, so people will only notice the beauty of your smile, not your dental work. Schedule a consultation with us today to learn more about whether a bridge is right for you.
What are Dental Bridges?
Sometimes called partial dentures, bridges are prosthetic teeth that are supported either by traditional means or using dental implants. Traditional bridges are held in place by crowns attached to healthy teeth on either side of the gap, allowing the dental prosthetic to literally bridge the gap left by missing teeth. Before the crowns are placed, your teeth will need to be slightly altered to accommodate their width.
Dental implant-supported bridges involve the surgical placement of one or more titanium posts in the jawbone. Once they have healed, the restoration can be securely attached to the top of the implant. This method offers a number of advantages. Implant-supported bridges do not require healthy teeth to be altered to support the crowns, and because they are placed in the jawbone, they feel very natural during tasks like chewing. Finally, dental implants prevent the jawbone atrophy that occurs when teeth have been missing for an extended period of time. This not only preserves the health of the bone, but can prevent the sunken cheeks and puckered lips that may age your appearance.
Missing teeth can have a domino effect on your oral health, causing teeth to shift, making them more difficult to clean and more susceptible to decay. Your bite may also change, putting more strain on your jaw. This increased pressure can lead to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, which has a number of unpleasant symptoms like headaches, jaw popping, ringing in the ears, and head, face, neck, and shoulder pain. Using a dental bridge, you can minimize or altogether avoid these problems. Bridges can restore the functionality of your bite, while enhancing your appearance.
Candidates & Considerations
Most patients with minor or moderate tooth loss are good candidates for dental bridges. For traditional bridges, it is important that the teeth adjacent to the gap are healthy enough to support the bridge. Patients who choose an implant-retained bridge need to have sufficient jawbone density to accommodate the surgical placement of the titanium implants. During your consultation, our dentists will discuss your treatment options and help you determine which procedure is best suited to address your needs and goals. Candidates for a bridge to replace a single tooth may also want to consider a dental implant vs. a dental bridge.
Contact Us Today to Learn More
Missing teeth can have a number of negative consequences on your oral health, as well as undermine your self-assurance. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn more about what a dental bridge can do for your smile.
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