Dental Bridges from a Prosthodontist
Those unsightly gaps caused by missing teeth can be eliminated with dental bridges. A dental bridge is a fixed dental prosthodontic that closes the gap between teeth when one or more teeth are missing. This cosmetic dentistry treatment consists of two crowns attached to artificial teeth, which replace the missing teeth.
The crowns fit on each tooth adjacent to the gap. These teeth are called the abutment teeth. They are used to support the artificial teeth, or pontics. The abutment teeth need to be prepared so the crowns fit properly. When the bridge is ready and the abutment teeth prepared, the device is put in place and the crowns are cemented onto the abutment teeth.
A Good Alternative to Partials
Replacing missing teeth is important in order to maintain oral health. The space left when teeth are missing can result in a cascade of dental problems. Adjacent teeth may shift out of position over time. Sometimes they may begin to lean into the space. This can cause the other teeth to slowly move out of alignment as well. Food traps form, making it easier for plaque and tartar to build up in hard-to-clean areas. Teeth can then become more susceptible to decay and gum disease.
Closing the gaps keep the teeth in the correct position and prevent other problems from developing. Partial dentures can be used to replace missing teeth as well. The difference between partial dentures and a dental bridge is permanency. A partial is removable and a bridge is fixed. Many patients prefer the dental bridge because it is aesthetically superior to the partial and easy to maintain.
Find out the best alternative to replace your missing teeth by making an appointment with our prosthodontist at Village Dental NYC. Smile with confidence once again!