When is a Dental Bridge Recommended to Replace a Missing Tooth?

Dental Bridge Hackensack, NJ

A dental bridge is one of the tooth replacement options a dentist might recommend to restore missing teeth and a patient's smile. Regardless of the cause of tooth loss—injury, tooth decay, or an oral health condition—tooth loss can make eating inconvenient and even affect a patient's confidence. Once in place, a dental bridge will improve the appearance of the smile and ensure full dental function for many years.

Overview of dental bridges

A dentist might recommend a dental bridge when one or more teeth are missing. As the name implies, a dental bridge connects the gap left by missing teeth. Different dental bridges are available, but the most common ones are traditional and implant-supported bridges.

Traditional and implant-supported bridges are similar in that they have two crowns and one or more prosthetic teeth, also known as pontics. The difference is that a conventional bridge holds the pontic or pontics in place with nearby dental crowns cemented over the patient's natural teeth. However, if the patient receives an implant-supported bridge, the restoration is held in place by crowns cemented over dental implants.

When is a dental bridge recommended?

Fitting a traditional dental bridge is a non-surgical procedure, which makes this tooth prosthetic suitable for most people who have lost one or more teeth. A dentist will recommend a dental bridge after consulting with the patient. Some of the conditions for determining eligibility include:

Loss of one or more teeth: anyone who has lost one or two teeth but still has healthy teeth present next to the gap can get a dental bridge. When more than three teeth are missing, the patient will need a more stable solution, like an implant-supported bridge or dentures. If more than one tooth is missing but not enough to require a full set of dentures, the patient will be better off with a conventional dental bridge.

When surgery is not an option: if a patient is not healthy enough to undergo surgery or simply does not like surgical procedures, a dentist will recommend a traditional dental bridge to restore dental function and appearance.

When a quick tooth replacement is necessary: installing a traditional dental bridge requires only two dental appointments, which makes it a quick alternative for restoring dental function.

Usually, anyone looking to replace a lost tooth with any kind of dental bridge should not have gum disease. Likewise, any adjacent teeth used to support the bridge should be checked for decay and other problems before placing the bridge. Even though oral health conditions will not disqualify a patient, they should be addressed first to reduce the risk of complications after placing the bridge.

Advantages and disadvantages of a traditional dental bridge

The traditional dental bridge procedure has its benefits. Going to the dentist to replace lost teeth with dental bridges is a quick way to restore oral function and help patients feel more confident by giving them a complete smile. In addition, since the process is minimally invasive, recovery requires minimal downtime, and patients can start using the dental bridge as soon as the process is complete. However, patients should note that the traditional dental bridge requires significant alteration to the natural teeth to accommodate the crowns.

Advantages and disadvantages of an implant-supported bridge

The procedure for getting an implant-supported bridge is longer due to the surgery to place the implants. First, the implants must be surgically implanted in the jawbone and given time to merge with the jawbone in a process known as osseointegration. This process takes 3 to 6 months in most cases. After this, the rest of the procedure is much like placing a traditional bridge. However, the implants, instead of natural teeth, are the crown's attachment point. 

Implant-supported bridges have the advantage of not requiring alteration of any natural teeth. However, the patient must have adequate jawbone to support their required implants. If a patient does not have sufficient jawbone support, bone grafting can help. However, this adds more time to the process. 

Final note

Tooth loss should not stop you from living normally and enjoying life. Now, more than ever, patients have options when it comes to replacing teeth. Book a consultation appointment with the general dentist to know if you are eligible for a dental bridge. We look forward to helping you restore your chewing ability and confidence in your smile.

Request an appointment here: https://www.smilebeautification.com or call Rolando Cibischino D.M.D. at (201) 204-1355 for an appointment in our Hackensack office.

Check out what others are saying about our dental services on Yelp: Dental Bridge in Hackensack, NJ.

Recent Posts

Pros And Cons Of Dental Bridges

A dental bridge might be recommended for you if you are missing one to three teeth in a row. As their name implies, these oral prosthetics bridge the space left by missing teeth with artificial ones. They are typically made up of two main components: abutments (crowns) used to anchor the appliance and pontics (artificial…

What Is A Dental Bridge?

Along with other treatments, a dental bridge is a common way to improve a smile and help you feel better about your appearance. This procedure can replace missing teeth and close embarrassing gaps in your mouth. If you undergo this process, you can have less anxiety in social situations and want to open your mouth…

Can You Notice Dental Crowns On Front Teeth?

It is possible to use dental crowns to restore teeth that have become damaged beyond repair, whether due to decay or trauma. A dentist may recommend this common type of treatment for a tooth that is: Seriously chipped Severely cracked or broken Weakened from numerous cavities or fillingsWhile the tooth can have extensive damage, it…

A Guide To The Dental Crown Process

Preparing for a dental crown procedure? This restoration works to make unhealthy teeth strong again and improve your overall oral health. There are various reasons one may need to have a dental crown placed, including repairing a cracked or chipped tooth, covering stains and imperfections, or treating a cavity that has caused the tooth to…

Recent Posts

Preparing For The Dental Implants Procedure

Preparing For The Dental Implants Procedure

The process of getting dental implants is a series of smaller procedures that takes place over several appointments or several months. Some steps of preparation involve taking care of the physical body to respond appropriately to these procedures, and other steps are taken by the oral health professionals responsible for the treatment. The steps are…

Can Anyone Get Dental Implants?

Can Anyone Get Dental Implants?

Tooth loss can be caused by injury, disease, or tooth decay. If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants may be an option for you.Dental implants are metal posts that resemble screws. The posts are inserted into the jawbone of the patient to replace the tooth roots of missing teeth. The implants can…