Losing several pearly whites can often feel frustrating and awkward, especially when it comes to smiling confidently. It can even make normal oral tasks challenging such as eating comfortably and speaking clearly. Fortunately, our team at NU Dental Eatontown can replace consecutive missing teeth with dental bridges! These custom-made restorations can help you regain the look and function of your full smile. Not only are they indistinguishable from your natural teeth, but you’ll be able to enjoy them for many years to come. Feel free to give our team a call today or read on if you wish to learn more about this treatment!
This type of restoration is specifically designed to replace consecutive missing teeth—usually between one and four in a row. The dental bridge consists of two crowns that are anchored by adjacent teeth on either side of the gap. This allows them to support the ones in between called the “pontics.” Your restoration will be constructed out of durable, natural-looking dental materials like ceramic, that way it blends seamlessly with any remaining pearly whites.
The kind of dental bridge you’ll need will be influenced by the number of missing teeth and the location. Here are two types you can expect to receive for this treatment:
Patients who have strong and healthy pearly whites on either side of the gap can typically get a traditional bridge to restore their smile. This method may require a small amount of your enamel to be removed from the abutment teeth,that way the restoration can fit properly. A traditional dental bridge can usually be completed in only a few appointments and tends to be the more affordable option.
If you don’t have reliable abutment teeth, then you may require a dental implant to be surgically embedded into your jawbone first. These titanium posts will serve as your new permanent roots on either side of the gap, allowing your bridge to be fitted securely. This option is also best if you have three or more missing teeth, as it won’t have to rely on natural ones to remain firmly in place. Implant bridges generally last longer than traditional ones, and they can help prevent further tooth loss.
Not only does a dental bridge close gaps in your smile, but it can also help keep dental shifting at bay. This straightforward treatment prevents future misalignment issues, enhances both chewing ability and speech articulation, and can preserve a more youthful jawbone structure if placed on dental implants. With this cost-effective tooth-replacement option, you can be sure to enjoy your full smile for several years before needing a touchup!