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Dental Bridges Edgewater

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Dental bridges are functional, fixed replacements for missing teeth. The replacement tooth is supported by dental crowns on adjacent teeth. Dental bridges can look attractive and give you full biting and chewing function, similar to dental implants. However, they do not last as long as dental implants. And, unlike dental implants, they don’t stimulate your jawbone and gum to help them stay healthy.

In some situations, dental bridges are the best tooth replacement option. Our Edgewater, NJ restorative dentistry team, lead by Dr. Wanda Mejia and Dr. George Sepiashvili can evaluate your situation to decide if these are the right choice for your teeth. Please call (201) 943-6644 today for an appointment at Advanced Dentistry of Edgewater.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are a good option for replacing one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge is:

  • A fully functional replacement: eat a full range of food
  • Fixed in your mouth–won’t come out
  • An attractive replacement option
  • Capable of fixing teeth next to the missing tooth

Dental bridges let you bite and chew normally. You can eat all your favorite, healthy foods. You won’t have to take it out at mealtime, unlike partial dentures. In fact, they don’t come out at all. Dental bridges look very natural. People won’t know that you have a dental bridge.

Because dental bridges depend on crowns over natural teeth, they give you the opportunity to fix damaged teeth next to the lost tooth or teeth.

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Limitations of Dental Bridges

However, dental bridges do have some significant limitations. Dental bridges:

  • Can only be used in certain places
  • Sometimes require us to remove healthy tooth structure
  • Can put extra stress on natural teeth
  • Don’t stimulate gums and bone

Because of the way dental bridges distribute force onto natural teeth, they can only be used in certain places. You have to have healthy teeth capable of supporting the bridge near the tooth that needs to be replaced. And it doesn’t matter if these teeth need crowns or not–they have to get crowns to support the bridge.

We will only recommend a bridge where the forces aren’t too extreme, but even in the best situation bridges put extra stress on supporting teeth. There is a risk that this can cause early failure for the supporting teeth.

And because a dental bridge isn’t embedded in the jaw bone, it doesn’t stimulate the bone. This can lead the body to remove bone under the bridge, which can cause cosmetic problems.

Overall, dental bridges don’t last as long as dental implants, although they provide similar functional and cosmetic results in the short term.

Is a Dental Bridge Right for You?

Do you have a missing tooth? Do you want to know if a dental bridge is the right replacement option for you? If so, then please call (201) 943-6644 today for an appointment with a restorative dentist at Advanced Dentistry of Edgewater.