Dental bridges are one of the most common solutions for replacing one or more missing teeth. Unlike dental implants, bridges do not require a surgical procedure or a recovery time, making them a better solution for some of our patients. Dental bridges are permanently affixed in your mouth so they allow you to eat all your favorite foods and give long-lasting results (generally more than a decade). They do have limitations, though: they don’t support your jawbone and won’t last a lifetime, as dental implants might.
If you would like to discuss your tooth replacement options with one of our Tarrytown cosmetic dentists, Dr. Wanda Mejia or Dr. George Sepiashvili, please call (914) 332-4402 or email Advanced Dentistry of Tarrytown today.
Dental Bridge Benefits
Missing teeth are unsightly, but they also have a significant impact on the health of your other teeth. When you are missing teeth, the strength of your bite is diminished. In addition, teeth adjacent to those missing will eventually begin to slip into the empty space. This movement can further alter the strength and tension of your bite, and can also result in additional tooth loss.
By placing a dental bridge, Dr. Wanda or Dr. George can restore strength and beauty to your smile. Dental bridges are effective at restoring bite strength, preventing tooth slippage, and helping ensure continued function for a number of years. They’re also a great way to restore adjacent teeth that have been damaged or decayed.
Dental Bridge Limitations
Dental bridges do have their limitations. First, if the teeth next to the missing tooth or teeth are healthy, we’d be removing healthy tooth tissue to place the restoration, which we prefer not to do.
And because you’re asking teeth to bear extra weight, there is risk that the supporting teeth can be damaged and even fail. This is more common in cantilevered bridges.
Dental bridges also don’t support your jawbone and gum tissue. Once the tooth is lost, your body will likely remove bone from your jaw, which can lead to shrinking of the jawbone and gums under the bridge.
Placement of Dental Bridges
Traditional dental bridges are secured to dental crowns placed over adjacent teeth. In between these crowns will be your dental restoration which is held securely in place by bridgework attached to the support teeth. If you have only one tooth to support a bridge, Dr. Wanda or Dr. George may suggest a cantilever bridge or, if you are missing a row of teeth, she may recommend resin bonded bridges. This is based entirely on your unique needs and determined on a patient-by-patient basis.
Dental bridges are a wonderful solution for many patients, but may not be right for you. Because replacing missing teeth is so important for the strength and appearance of your smile, Dr. Wanda or Dr. George will work individually with you to determine what will be most beneficial in your case.
If you live in or around Tarrytown, and surrounding areas of Westchester County, New York and are missing one or more teeth, please call (914) 332-4402 or contact Advanced Dentistry of Tarrytown today to schedule a dental bridge consultation.