If you have gaps in your smile from missing teeth, you may feel the need to cover it up or keep your mouth closed. With bridges created by Wendy Mayer, DDS, and her team at Mayer Dental Care in New York City, you can have a full smile using your strong remaining teeth to hold your new one in place. To find out if you’re a candidate for dental bridges, call the Midtown West office to book your appointment or schedule online today.
Bridges are dental devices that bridge the gap from a missing tooth or teeth. They’re anchored by your sturdy remaining teeth or with dental implants and consist of a false tooth to hold the place of the missing one.
Your false tooth can be made of a tooth-like material like porcelain or a strong, damage-resistant material like gold or another metal mixture.
There are a few types of bridges available that all work slightly differently toward the common goal of restoring your smile. Your doctor decides which is best for your mouth based on the remaining teeth you have, the type of tooth that’s missing, and other factors.
The types of bridges are:
Traditional bridges consist of false teeth held in place with crowns that go over the teeth on either side of the gap. If you have a gap between two healthy teeth, your doctor will likely choose a traditional bridge for you.
Cantilever bridges consist of false teeth held in place with a crown. Unlike traditional bridges, cantilever bridges are best reserved for gaps with a strong, natural tooth on only one side of them.
Maryland bridges attach to teeth on either side of the gap. Instead of crowns, they use metal or porcelain wings to hold themselves in place.
Implant-supported bridges are the strongest and most permanent bridges you can get. In order to get an implant-supported bridge, you must first get a dental implant, or a false tooth root, embedded in your jawbone. Once your jaw heals, your doctor attaches the new false tooth to the implant.
Dental bridges restore your smile to its full, original state. Having missing teeth doesn’t just impact the appearance of your smile, it compromises your oral health!
Because of this, bridges are beneficial because they:
With bridges in place, you can feel confident with your smile and be sure your mouth’s structure won’t change. Bridges are durable if you care for them, lasting an average of 5-15 years.
If you have a gap in your mouth, filling it with a bridge keeps your mouth functioning properly and looking good. To explore your options for bridges, call Mayer Dental Care or book your appointment online today.