Dental bridges replace missing teeth in Montville, NJ
Missing teeth can not only impact the appearance of your smile, but also how well you are able to chew and speak and your overall oral health. At Ferrari Dental in Montville, NJ, we offer a number of tooth replacement options to suit each patient’s unique needs. Dental bridges are a great option for patients who are missing one or more teeth in a row, and with today’s advanced dental materials and methods, they look, feel, and function more like a natural tooth than ever before.
Types of dental bridges and how they work
Dental bridges are a very versatile tooth replacement, with multiple different ways of affixing them in your mouth and several different choices for materials.
- Traditional fixed bridge: This type of bridge is the most common, and consists of false teeth with two crowns on each side that are placed on the neighboring teeth to anchor the bridge in place
- Implant-supported bridge: A good option for patients who are missing multiple teeth and want the stability of dental implants and do not want to alter the healthy adjacent teeth, an implant bridge uses dental implants to secure the replacement teeth instead of crowns on neighboring teeth
- Cantilever and Maryland bridges: These are less common types of bridges that use a crown on only one neighboring tooth or a metal or porcelain framework to affix the bridge to the neighboring teeth
Depending on the type of bridge you will be getting, the location in your mouth, and your specific needs and budget, different types of materials can be used, such as a zirconia bridge (a durable type of ceramic bridge), all porcelain, a mix of metal and porcelain, or all-metal bridges.
Getting a dental bridge
The process for placing a dental bridge depends on whether you getting a traditional or implant-supported bridge placed. For a traditional bridge, we first shape the teeth that will have crowns placed on them and then take dental impressions so that the bridge (false teeth plus crowns) can be made in the lab while you have a temporary crown in place. Then, when the bridge is ready, you come back in to the office and after checking and adjusting the fit as needed, we cement it into your mouth with a dental bonding agent. If you are getting an implant-supported bridge, rather than preparing your teeth for crowns, the first step is to place the dental implants. After they heal and undergo a natural fusion process with the jawbone for strength and durability, we attach the bridge to the implants.
At Ferrari Dental, we love helping patients restore their smile after tooth loss for beautiful, natural-looking, and functional results. To schedule a consultation, call our Montville, NJ office today at (973) 314-8850.