Having a missing tooth can be embarrassing, but did you know it can actually hurt your oral health? Fortunately, there are many restoration options available to you, such as a crown or an implant. However, when considering your options, please don’t forget about dental bridges. A bridge can used restore your beautiful, functional smile.
A traditional bridge has at least one artificial tooth, known as pontics, but can consist of as many as three pontics. These pontics are held in place by the natural teeth on either side of your bridge. These teeth serve as anchors for the bridge, ultimately holding it in place.
The process of getting a bridge sometimes takes two different dental appointments. During the first appointment, our dentist will prepare your natural teeth—which are known as abutment teeth—to support bridges. During your second appointment, your bridge will be cemented into place.
However, depending on your unique circumstances, our team may recommend a different type of bridge. For example, a cantilever bridge may be used if you only have one natural tooth that can be used as an anchor available. Similarly, our dentist could recommend a bonded bridge, which requires less preparation.
If you are missing teeth, we recommend visiting our dentist as soon as possible. Gaps caused by missing teeth can lead to issues in your mouth, such as shifted teeth, a bad bite, TMJ disorder, and gum disease.
Do you have more questions about a dental bridge? Are you worried about the health of your smile because of a gap? Would you simply like to schedule an appointment with our team? If so, please don’t hesitate to give Henry K. Danziger DDS a call at 203.729.0563. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have. We are eager to receive your call soon.