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. Without an artificial root to support them, dental bridges do not support the gums or bone beneath a missing tooth or teeth.

However, At the Yorktown, New York area office of 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.

Types of Dental Bridges

There are three types of dental bridges available:

  • 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.

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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.

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) 352-5175 or email the experienced cosmetic dentists at Advanced Dentistry of Mohegan Lake to schedule an initial consultation today.