Dental Bridges An Overview
Replacing missing teeth is important for restoring both long term dental health and the aesthetics of your smile. There are several choices for today’s patients, all of which can offer natural looking results that will bring back – and often improve- full function for the enjoyment of a normal diet and speech.
At Bella Smiles in Riverhead and Roslyn, NY, Dr. Sal Lotardo offers you the best that modern dentistry has to offer when it comes to tooth replacement, including dental bridges. A dental bridge can be used to replace one or several consecutive missing teeth. Your dental bridge can be permanently secured for a comfortable and confident smile.
Dental bridges are secured by either existing teeth on either side or dental implants. When existing teeth are used, a dental crown is typically placed to add strength and ensure a lasting restoration.
Implant Supported Bridge
Dr. Lotardo can use a dental bridge that is secured to dental implants to replace several consecutive missing teeth. This is an option for patients who want a more permanent option and who do not want to damage perfectly healthy teeth to get a bridge placed. Traditional bridgework is secured with dental crowns that are placed over the adjacent teeth. Those teeth will need to be grinded down to accommodate the crowns. You are essentially damaging perfectly healthy teeth to replace the missing teeth. By using implants to have the bridge placed, the surrounding teeth will stay intact.
For a single missing tooth, instead of traditional bridgework, we recommend replacing it with an implant supported crown. This will avoid damaging the healthy adjacent teeth. Implants promote continued bone growth in your jaw thus preventing bone loss and gum recession. An implant will actually replace the tooth root which will provide stimulation for the bone to prevent it from shrinking.