Tooth bridges are a type of oral appliance that is custom made by your dentist to replace missing teeth. It is ideal for filling in a gap where a tooth or teeth are missing. A bridge is installed by starting with the teeth surrounding the gap. They are fitted with components that act as supports that the bridge will later use as an anchor. For this reason, those that are missing all of their teeth will need to look into dentures instead.
There are two types of bridges, each with pros and cons.
Removeable Bridges are not as stable, but can easily be taken out for cleaning purposes. This is also an ideal option for someone that may be considering dental implants later on. Since they are removable, they do not offer the stability that a fixed type does.
Fixed Bridges are a more permanent solution. They are cemented to the neighboring teeth. For additional stability, a bridge can also be attached via a dental implant that can attach the bridge to the jawbone. While more permanent and stable, it may be more difficult to keep clean.
Each patient has different needs, and your Morristown, NJ dentist will discuss all options to help you determine which is the best option. The condition of the surrounding teeth, the stability of the gum and jawbone underneath the bridge, and any underlying health issues can all be determining factors.
Using our CAD/CAM technology, we can also create and install your dental bridge much faster than other dentists.
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