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If you are missing one or more teeth, your dentist may recommend that a bridge is installed to replace them. The process of getting a bridge installed can be complex and often requires at least two dental visits. It is important that you work with an experienced team of dental professionals throughout this process that can make it as easy as possible. Dental Associates of Basking Ridge provide top-notch care to each and every patient. To discuss your bridge options with one of our experienced dentists, call our office today and schedule an appointment.
What are Bridges?
Bridges are a type of fixed removable dentures that are cemented into your teeth to fill any gaps created by one or more missing teeth. Traditionally, they are made by placing a false tooth in between two supporting crowns, ultimately filling the empty space. A bridge can be for just one missing tooth or for multiple. In addition to traditional bridges that are made from porcelain, there are other options that should be taken into consideration as well. Your dentist may recommend a bonded bridge, which is cheaper than a traditional bridge and does not require the installation of crowns on supporting teeth. Another material to consider is a resin-bonded bridge, but many don’t choose this option because it doesn’t stay cemented in the mouth as well as stronger options do.
Types of Bridges
Though there are a number of different bridges to consider, your dentist will make a recommendation based on the structure of your teeth. Three of the most commonly used types of bridges include the following:
- Traditional Bridge- for a traditional bridge, the teeth on either side of the missing tooth/teeth will require a dental crown.
- Cantilever Bridge- for a cantilever bridge, the implant is placed in between the missing teeth that are adjacent to one another. This is typically the option chosen for people who do not have two teeth on either side of the missing tooth.
- Maryland Bridge- a Maryland bridge requires the false tooth to be attached to metal wings that are attached to the two teeth on either side of the empty space.
Benefits of Bridges
Dental patients that go through the process of having a bridge installed can appreciate a number of different benefits. Not only does a bridge fill in any missing gaps to boost confidence in your smile, you will also be able to chew your food properly and may find it easier to align your teeth better when biting down. Additionally, a bridge can stop other teeth in your mouth from drifting apart from one another.
Contact Dental Associates of Basking Ridge
If you have one or more missing teeth and would like to learn about your options for filling in those spaces, it is important to speak with an experienced dental professional about a bridge. At Dental Associates of Basking Ridge, we would be happy to conduct an examination on your behalf to determine which options would be best for you. To schedule an appointment with our team of dental professionals, call Dental Associates of Basking Ridge today.