Replacing missing teeth is important for many reasons, including restoring a good quality of life. Patients with missing teeth often suffer with speech and eating difficulties that diminish their ability to socialize and enjoy a healthy, varied diet. Roslyn, NY dentist, Dr. Sal Lotardo, offer patients several options for tooth replacement, including dental bridges.
A dental bridge is a restoration that is used to “bridge” a gap between teeth. The bridgework is a series of prosthetic teeth linked together and supported by an anchor on either side of the gap. The Anchor that is supported on each side is by a natural tooth strengthened by a dental crown or a dental implant. In most cases, Dr. Lotardo will recommend using dental implants to secure your bridge due to the long term benefits to both daily quality of life and oral health.
Types of Dental Bridges
Removable Dental Bridge – A removable dental bridge may be suitable as a short term solution to maintain tooth position while preparing for a fixed dental bridge or dental implant. Roslyn, NY dentist, Dr. Lotardo does not recommend removable dental bridges as a long term solution because they do not promote optimal health, esthetics or function.
Fixed Dental Bridge – Also called a partial denture, a fixed dental bridge is a prosthetic tooth that is connected to two dental crowns which cover the teeth on either side of the gap. A disadvantage of this type of restoration is the stress it places on the natural teeth. If neighboring teeth are in good health, this type of dental bridge could put unneeded stress on the teeth, leading to premature wear or cavity formation.
Dental Implant Supported Dental Bridges – A fixed dental bridge, supported by dental implants provides the most lifelike replacement for missing teeth. Roslyn, NY dentist, Dr. Lotardo has extensive training and experience with dental implants procedures.
Implant supported dental bridges have a 35% higher success rate compared to traditional bridgework and they eliminate the need to degrade adjacent teeth. Additionally, dental implants promote continued bone growth, preventing both bone shrinkage and gum recession associated with traditional bridges and dentures.
Schedule a Consultation
If you have missing teeth, we offer dental bridges in our Roslyn, NY and Riverhead, NY office. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Sal Lotardo at Bella Smiles. We will discuss your oral health, concerns, and budget to see what missing teeth option is right for you.