If you are missing one or more teeth, your dentist may recommend that you have a bridge installed to replace them. This complex process often requires at least two dental visits. However, installing one may be essential to maintaining or improving your quality of life. If you or a loved one has missing teeth, please read on, then contact our experienced dental bridges dentists located in Basking Ridge and Morristown, NJ to learn what you should know about dental bridges.
What are dental bridges?
A type of fixed removable dentures, bridges are cemented into your teeth to fill any gaps created by one or more missing teeth. Traditionally, your dentist will make them by placing a false tooth in between two supporting crowns, effectively filling the empty space. Whether it is one missing tooth or multiple, a bridge can be used.
What types of dental bridges are available?
In spite of there being a wealth of dental bridge options for you to consider, your dentist will most likely make a recommendation based on the structure of your teeth. The three most commonly used types of bridges are as follows:
- Traditional Bridge: The teeth on either side of the missing tooth/teeth will require a dental crown.
- 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: This type of 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.
What are the benefits of a dental bridge?
You can appreciate a number of benefits if you are a dental patient going through the process of having a bridge installed. First and foremost, having a dental bridge installed can fill in the gaping hole in your smile, boosting your dental confidence. But on a more fundamental level, your teeth will be better aligned, allowing you to bite down and chew your food properly. Lastly, a bridge may stop your other teeth from drifting apart from one another.
If you have questions about these or any other dental procedures, you should reach out to our team today. We have many years of experience with all oral health care, meaning we will minimize or eliminate pain and discomfort.
Contact The Dental Associates of Basking Ridge
Dental Associates of Basking Ridge is a compassionate, gentle, and professional state-of-the-art dental practice serving Basking Ridge, Morris & Somerset County. Our office is always ready to greet our patients with a smile, take the time to answer any questions, and provide the quality dental services our patients expect. Please contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you!