Dental Bridges An Overview
Missing teeth have a wide ranging impact on your oral health and overall well being. Patients with one or more missing teeth can experience difficulty eating, speaking and often suffer from related dental problems as the structure of their mouth and jaw is affected over time. An experienced and highly trained restorative dentist in Roslyn, NY dentist, Dr. Diana Pop offers patients several options for tooth replacement, including dental bridges.
Placed to “bridge” a gap between teeth, a dental bridge can replace on or several consecutive lost teeth. The bridgework is a series of prosthetic teeth linked together and supported by a dental implant or natural teeth on either side of the gap. If a natural tooth is to serve as the anchor for the bridge, it is often strengthened by a dental crown. In most cases, Dr. Pop will recommend using dental implants to secure your bridge due to the long-term benefits to both daily quality of life and oral health.
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If you have lost or missing teeth, we offer experienced care for the placement of all types of dental bridges in our Roslyn, NY, dental office. Dr. Pop will discuss your oral health, concerns, and budget to see what missing teeth option is right for you. To schedule an appointment, call or schedule an appointment online.
Dental Bridges What to Expect
Types of Dental Bridges
Removable Dental Bridge – A traditional option for tooth replacement, a removable dental bridge is typically only suitable as a short-term solution. It can serve to maintain tooth position while preparing for a fixed dental bridge, dental implant or implant supported bridgework. In most cases, Dr. Pop will not recommend a removable dental bridge as a long-term solution because they do not support optimal health, esthetics or function.
Fixed Dental Bridge – Also known as a partial denture, a fixed dental bridge supports a prosthetic tooth that is connected to dental crowns or dental implants on either side of the gap. The disadvantage of using dental crowns for this type of restoration is the stress it places on the natural teeth. Placing the crowns requires removing part of the healthy tooth structure and can lay the foundation for future damage, compromising the integrity of the entire bridge.
Dental Implant Supported Dental Bridges – A permanent, fixed dental bridge that is supported by dental implants provides the most natural replacement for missing teeth. Dr. Pop has extensive training and experience with all types of dental implants procedures and will work with patients on an individual basis to replace teeth with the best possible result.
Implant supported dental bridges have a significantly higher success rate when compared to traditional bridges and they can eliminate the need to degrade adjacent, healthy teeth. Dental implants also support and promote continued bone growth, minimizing both bone shrinkage and gum recession associated with traditional bridges and dentures.