If you have one or more missing teeth, many options are available for replacing them. You can choose from a partial plate, dental implants, or dental bridges. Bridges play an important role because the spaces beside missing teeth need replacing, and bridges can replace more than one missing tooth in the same area.
A bridge is a dental prosthetic that bridges a gap between teeth, whether it replaces one or multiple teeth. Bridges are available in five types:
A traditional bridge is the most common type of dental bridge available at Paramus Park Mall Dental in Paramus. It consists of a crown on each side of the pontic, which is the fake tooth between them. The crowns cap the natural teeth or implants on either side of the pontic to support the bridge.
A dentist will recommend a cantilever bridge when there is only one supporting tooth available for it. Most dentists will not recommend them if the bridge is going to replace a molar or pre-molar because they are usually not strong enough to support the biting forces necessary for chewing food.
A Maryland bridge uses metal wings on either side of the pontic to support it. Instead of needing to trim the supporting teeth to fit crowns on them, one of our dentists at Paramus Park Mall Dental in Paramus will bond the metal wings to the replacement tooth.
A composite bridge is an affordable option to replace a missing tooth or two right away. The bridge may be created and set in place in one day. The composite material goes directly onto the space where there were teeth. The composites are usually temporary, and the material is not very high quality, so wearers need to be very careful with them.
Instead of needing to trim the supporting teeth for crowns or bonding metal attachments to them, dental implants support the bridge. Along with providing stability to the bridge, our dentists at Paramus Park Mall Dental can space the implants so that the wearer can clean between them and maintain good oral health.
If you have missing teeth, discuss your options with one of our dentists in Paramus to find out which bridge is best for your needs.