According to the American Dental Association, the average American adult between ages 20-64 has, on average, three decayed or missing teeth. If you have missing teeth and haven’t replaced them, you’ve probably noticed the difference it has made to your appearance. Luckily , Alexander Solovey, DDS, offers dental bridge procedures to replace or repair damaged teeth at Nostrand Dental Care PC in New York City. Call the Crown Heights, Brooklyn, office or go online to make an appointment today.
A dental bridge is a literal bridge created to close the gap created by missing teeth. Bridges are made with a prosthetic tooth known as a pontic held in place by two or more anchoring teeth, called abutment teeth.
A missing tooth can cause serious problems because your teeth are designed to work together. When one is missing, the teeth near it may start to tilt into the empty space. This can affect your bite, causing stress in your joints and jawbone.
Teeth that have moved from their original position are also at higher risk for decay and disease. A dental bridge can prevent all of this by:
If you feel that a missing tooth has impacted your smile or is causing you discomfort, call the office or go online to make an appointment.
There are three main types of dental bridges:
The prosthetic tooth is held in place by a dental crown that has been cemented to the abutment teeth on each side. This is the most common type of bridge and is used when you have natural teeth on both sides of the gap.
The pontic is held in place by a dental crown that is cemented to only one abutment tooth.
Similar to a traditional bridge, the Maryland bridge also requires the use of two abutment teeth. However, instead of a crown on top of the teeth, a Maryland bridge uses a framework of metal or porcelain that is bonded on the back of the abutment teeth.
A bridge only provides structural support for your teeth, so it is important to take care of your supporting teeth and jawbone. You can follow some of these simple steps to avoid decay:
The Nostrand Dental Care team can help you determine if a dental bridge is right for you. Schedule your consultation today by calling the office or going online to make an appointment.