Dental bridges simply close the gaps between created by missing teeth. Bridges are comprised of two or more false teeth or crowns for either side of the gap. These anchor teeth are called abutment teeth while the ones in between are called pontics. They can be made from gold, porcelain, alloy or some of each of these dental materials. Dr. Arash Vahid and the dental professionals at the Jersey City office create and install bridges on a regular basis with tremendous success.
Types of bridges:
• Traditional bridges
This type of bridge is the most common type. A crown is created for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a pontic in between.
• Cantilever bridges
A less common bridge type, cantilever bridges are commonly used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing teeth. This type of bridge is not recommended in the back of the mouth where it can do possible damage to other teeth due to excess force.
• Maryland bonded bridges
Also referred to a resin-bonded bridge, this type of bridge is typically made of porcelain, porcelain fused with metal, or plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal or porcelain framework. Metal or porcelain “wings” on each side of the bridge are bonded to your existing teeth.
Bridges have many benefits:
• They can fill gaps between teeth, restoring your smile to its fullest potential
• Reverse difficulty with chewing and speaking
• Maintain or restore the shape of your face from missing teeth
• Correct and redistribute the force your teeth cause when you bite
• Ensure that remaining teeth maintain their position and do not drift
Dr. Vahid and the staff at AV Dental are happy to consult with you regarding whether a bridge can help solve your dental concerns.