Donato A. Valente, DDS, PC is a prosthodontist who provides dental crown services in Yorktown Heights, NY. Call 914-962-2828 to schedule your appointment.
When a patient is missing one or more teeth, dental bridges are a common treatment option. Bridges literally bridge the gap in your smile, using two abutments attached to adjacent teeth with a pontic, or replacement tooth, joining them. Abutments are usually crowns or dental implants, but they may also be a metal or porcelain framework.
The process of getting a bridge is different depending on which type of bridge you choose and the condition of your teeth and gums. If the tooth being replaced has not fallen out, an extraction will be needed to remove it. Then, your gums will need to heal before we proceed with placing a bridge. If your missing tooth is visible when you smile, it may be possible to use a temporary prosthetic tooth to replace it until your permanent bridge is ready.
The advantage of using a prosthodontist for your bridge is that they are well-versed in the different types of bridges and the materials they can be made from. Dr. Valente can help you find an option that balances strength, function, and aesthetics.
We offer the following types of dental bridges:
Traditional Dental Bridge
The most common type of bridge, this option places crowns on two adjacent teeth to serve as abutments, with the pontic (or replacement tooth) bridged between them to replace one or more missing teeth. These bridges have been used for many decades with much success.
When a third molar is missing, a cantilever bridge may be used as a solution. This type of bridge requires a single abutment on one side of the missing tooth instead of two, which makes it ideal when there is only one tooth that can be used for support. A cantilever bridge places stress on the supporting tooth, so it is only used when there is no other viable solution.
Implant Supported Bridge
Implant-supported bridges are an increasingly popular option. Instead of placing crowns on adjacent teeth to anchor the bridge in place, dental implants are used instead. This helps preserve the integrity of your existing teeth and strengthens the jaw. Of all the types of bridges offered, implant-supported bridges are the most stable and last the longest.
Maryland bridges, also known as resin-bonded bridges, are an affordable option that uses a metal or porcelain framework to hold a bridge in place rather than crowns. While the framework is adhered to the teeth with dental cement, it is not as strong as other options and needs more frequent replacement.