Dental Bridges on Staten Island, NY
Dynamic Dental, P.L.L.C., provides dental bridges in Staten Island, NY Call 718-984-7162 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
According to the ADA (American Dental Association), the average adult patient has three teeth that are missing or severely decayed. Fortunately, there are numerous options to replace missing teeth, including dental bridges. The experts at Dynamic Dental P.L.L.C. are here to help you decide on the best treatment options for you.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
If you are missing one or more teeth in a row, a dental bridge may be the perfect solution. A bridge has two primary components: abutments and pontics. Abutments are crowns at each end that support the bridge on either the neighboring natural teeth or dental implants. Pontics are highly realistic synthetic teeth that replace the missing teeth. The abutments are cemented in place, creating a functional and aesthetic restoration that can last for decades with proper care. Routine visits and dental checkups help you to maintain a healthy mouth.
There are four basic types of dental bridges. Your dentist will help you decide which type is right for you.
Traditional Dental Bridge
The most common type of dental bridge is the traditional dental bridge. The healthy teeth at each end of the run of missing teeth are contoured and prepared to accept the crowns. Anchored on your own natural teeth, a traditional dental bridge is strong, stable and functional.
A cantilever bridge is anchored on a natural tooth at just one end. Since it lacks an anchor on the other end, biting and chewing forces are not distributed, which heightens the risk of shifting or fracture in the anchor tooth. However, it can be an appropriate choice for teeth that do not take heavy forces from biting or chewing, providing either a temporary or permanent solution.
For teeth that are not under heavy stress, a Maryland bridge can be a smart choice. The bridge is supported by a metal structure that is bonded to the backs of the natural teeth at each end. This preserves the natural tooth structure, but it could increase the risk for those teeth to shift.
Implant Supported Bridge
Implant supported bridges are rapidly becoming the bridge of choice for most situations. A dental implant made of biocompatible titanium is inserted into the jawbone at each end of the span of missing teeth. This replaces the tooth roots and provides a secure, strong, stable foundation for the bridge that does not impact the healthy teeth. This option requires healing time and possible consultation with dental specialists depending on the extent of the treatment.
Dental insurance may or may not cover this type of bridge, so be sure to check with your insurance company before making a decision. Regardless of insurance coverage, if this the optimum treatment for you, make sure you plan ahead and get the best option for you. We have Care Credit which allows you to get the treatment you need and want. Ask us about the easy process to apply and get on your way to a healthier smile.
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Each type of dental bridge has advantages and drawbacks, and different types of dental bridges are best for different dental situations. Our dentists will carefully assess your teeth, your budget, and your goals for treatment, and will help you choose the solution that makes the most sense for your individual situation.
We will work hard to ensure that you receive the most ideal dental restoration. Contact our office to learn more about how we can help.
Call 718-984-7162 to schedule your appointment.