Dental bridges literally bridge the gap over one or more missing teeth. Like dental implants, they utilize a false tooth, or dental crown to fill in the space left by a missing tooth. Unlike dental implants, dental bridges rely on adjacent teeth for support. The benefit of dental bridges is that the tooth is fully fixed so you can chew effectively and don’t have to remove the tooth to eat. However, without an artificial root to support them, dental bridges do not support the gums or bone beneath a missing tooth or teeth.

At Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake, Dr. George Sepiashvili and Dr. Wanda Mejia have found dental bridges to be an ideal solution for replacing missing teeth in patients who have existing large fillings or will otherwise benefit from dental crowns adjacent to the missing tooth or teeth. They can also be good if you don’t have enough bone to support a dental implant or we think your bone might not integrate the implant.

To learn whether a dental bridge or a dental implant is the best solution for your missing teeth, please call (914) 526-2144 today for an appointment with a cosmetic dentist at Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake.

Types of Dental Bridges

There are three types of dental bridges commonly used:

  • Traditional bridges — The most common type of bridge, a traditional bridge uses dental crowns on the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth to support the false tooth, or pontic, in between
  • Cantilever bridge — When there is only one tooth adjacent to the space left by missing teeth, a cantilever bridge will be used to support your false tooth
  • Resin-bonded bridges — Resin-bonded bridges, also known as Maryland bridges, are plastic teeth and gums supported by metal wings that are bonded to your existing teeth

The type of dental bridge that will best meet your needs will be determined during your initial consultation.

Confident young businesswoman shows off her powerful smile thanks to dental bridges

Benefits of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges offer both functional and aesthetic benefits. When you are missing teeth, your smile can appear awkward and unappealing. In addition, missing teeth can lead to tooth slippage, as adjacent teeth slide into the missing tooth’s position. This can result in bite difficulties and even change the shape of your face.

When you replace missing teeth with a dental bridge, you are helping to restore beauty to your smile while also supporting its function and strength. The process for dental bridges is much faster and less invasive than dental implants, and bridges can continue to provide support for a number of years.

Limitations of Dental Bridges

Although dental bridges look attractive and can be functional, they do have some limitations. Because they depend on your natural teeth for support, they put extra stress on the supporting teeth. This limits when and where they can be used. And, in some cases, it may increase the risk that the supporting teeth will fail. This is more likely with a cantilevered bridge.

Dental bridges don’t stimulate the jawbone and gums. This means that the body will likely remove bone mass under the bridge. This can cause the gums to collapse under the bridge, creating an unattractive gap.

If we think a dental bridge is not a good choice for your smile, we will recommend a dental implant instead.

If you live in or around Westchester County, Peekskill, or Yorktown, New York and are interested in learning more about the benefits of dental bridges, please call (914) 526-2144 or email the experienced cosmetic dentists at Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake to schedule an initial consultation today.