The Three Types of Dental Bridges and Their Benefits
Having a missing tooth isn't just a cosmetic problem. While yes, a missing tooth can cause your cheeks to appear sunken and hollow and lead to a prematurely aged appearance, your teeth are so much more important than just aesthetics. A missing tooth puts unwanted stress on surrounding teeth, causing pain in your teeth and jaw.
This is where a bridge comes in: for patients who may not want a removable partial or would not benefit from a dental implant, a bridge is a fantastic option for restoring both your oral health and your confidence.
The three main types of dental bridges that we offer include:
Implant-supported bridges are also growing in popularity and are a great choice for patients who have multiple missing teeth. It relies upon installing an implant to offer support for the bridge. These can be a good option for patients who have multiple missing teeth but aren't ready or willing to commit to a full mouth of dental implants.
Getting a dental bridge is a multi-step process and requires several appointments to ensure a proper fit of the bridge. It's extremely important to take good care of your bridge, as they may fail if you don't exercise good oral hygiene. You may have to buy special flossers to clean between the bridge and the gumline, but taking care of your bridge will help you maintain it for the lifetime of your smile.
If you have missing teeth, or you simply have questions about dental bridges, please do not hesitate to give us a call here at Wendy Sanger DMD Cosmetic + Family Dentistry at (908) 647-4441. We are more than happy to answer any questions you may have and help you schedule a consultation to determine if a dental bridge will benefit you.