Dental bridges are made to replace one or more missing teeth. They prevent your other teeth from shifting into the gap caused by a missing tooth. You can get high quality bridges made to last for decades from the team at Dr. Aaronson & Associates, located in Midtown East, Manhattan, in New York City. To set up a consultation with the experts, call Dr. Aaronson & Associates or book an appointment online today.
Bridges are restorative prostheses that replace one or more missing teeth. If you’re using a bridge for multiple missing teeth, those teeth must be adjacent to each other.
The false teeth in a bridge are called pontics and fill the gap in your smile. Bridges either use teeth next to the gap or dental implants for support. In addition to the one or more pontics on a bridge, the device also includes either crowns or a framework to attach to the nearby teeth or implants.
Because many bridges include crowns, the process of getting a bridge is very similar to getting a crown. The team makes the crown and pontic portions of a dental bridge look as similar to the original natural teeth as possible in their colors, sizes, and shapes.
The team at Dr. Aaronson & Associates can install four types of dental bridges. Your dentist at Dr. Aaronson & Associates may suggest getting:
Traditional bridges include two crowns: one on each side of the pontic or pontics. The pontic uses the teeth on either side of the gap for support.
Cantilever bridges use a single dental crown instead of two. You only need one healthy tooth next to your gap to use a cantilever bridge.
Maryland bridges do not use crowns and opt for a metal framework instead. Your dentist attaches that framework to the backsides of the teeth adjacent to the gap.
Implant-supported bridges rely on support from dental implants instead of healthy nearby teeth. Dental implants are titanium posts embedded in your jawbone.
Taking great care of your bridge ensures that the device will last for decades. By maintaining optimal oral hygiene, you can keep all of your remaining teeth healthy while preserving the bridge’s structure.
While brushing and flossing, pay extra attention to the area around the base of your bridge. Plaque and food particles can accumulate in those areas and lead to gum disease, dental decay, and other conditions that might affect the integrity of your bridge.
Are you missing a tooth and interested in a consultation for a bridge? Book an appointment over the phone or online with Dr. Aaronson & Associates today.