If you have lost one or more adjacent teeth, a dental bridge is a common, affordable, and low-risk procedure that can restore your smile. A dental bridge can fill the gap created by missing teeth and usually consists of one or more artificial teeth held in place by two dental crowns. At Jersey City Dental, our team can provide you with this time-tested solution in either of our two conveniently-located offices in Hoboken, NJ, and Jersey City, NJ.
Traditional dental bridges require reshaping the teeth adjacent to the gap to accommodate two dental crowns.
Your Restoration Options
Our office provides both traditional and implant-supported bridges. Depending on your unique situation, our doctors may recommend one type of bridge over the other. There are many factors that could affect this decision, including the size and location of the restoration as well as your budget, lifestyle, and overall oral health.
A traditional bridge is supported by your remaining, healthy teeth. To place a dental bridge, your dentist will need to alter the teeth on either side of the gap in order to create a stable base for the dental crowns that hold your restoration in place.
The advantage of a traditional bridge is that the process is quick and easy. Typically, you can expect full dental function after just two office visits. The downside of a traditional bridge is that it often requires your dentist to alter the surrounding teeth, which can irreversibly weaken the teeth. Additionally, this type of bridge does not prevent the jawbone deterioration that occurs following tooth loss.
With an implant-supported bridge, there is no need to rely on natural teeth for support. Instead, a trusted oral surgeon will surgically embed two or more titanium posts into the jawbone. These dental implants ultimately fuse with your bone tissue, providing a permanent, incredibly stable foundation for your bridge.
Because implant-supported bridges replace dental roots with metal posts, they prevent further jawbone decay. They are also very stable and will never slip out of place. This method is more expensive than a traditional bridge and can require additional preparatory procedures. However, implants can last a lifetime, minimizing future replacement costs.
Is a Dental Bridge Right for Me?
If you are missing one to three consecutive teeth, a dental bridge can restore function and improve your smile. Individuals missing a larger number of teeth may be better served by a fixed or removable partial denture. Traditional dental bridges require support from surrounding teeth; therefore, candidates seeking this type of restoration must ensure that their remaining teeth are structurally sound and free from decay.
If you are interested in a implant-supported bridge, it is necessary to have enough healthy bone tissue to support the titanium posts. Our team can perform an in-depth examination to determine your candidacy for each type of restoration. If necessary, more advanced procedures can be included into your treatment plan to improve your chances of successful treatment.
If you are missing one to three consecutive teeth, a dental bridge can restore function and improve your smile.
Creating Your Restoration
To create your custom restoration, a member of our team will take detailed impressions of your prepared smile. Our trusted partner lab will use these measurements to create a durable, lifelike restoration that fits comfortably for natural-feeling results and aesthetics. It typically takes about two weeks to fabricate a dental bridge. If your teeth were altered for a traditional restoration, we can provide a temporary bridge while you wait for your permanent prosthetic.
Restore Your Smile Today
At Jersey City Dental, we are committed to providing a comfortable and personalized treatment plan to restore your smile. Contact our office online or call (201) 332-0403 to begin rebuilding your smile after tooth loss.