Posts for tag: Bridges
At Dental Arts of Englewood in Englewood, NJ, Dr. Mark Docktor uses crowns and bridges to restore smiles! Crowns and bridges are custom ceramic restorations made to replace damaged teeth and blend in perfectly with your natural smile.
If a tooth has been compromised by decay or trauma like a chip, it can be saved with a crown. After any decay is drilled away, the remaining tooth is sculpted so a crown will fit snugly over it to strengthen and protect it.
Molds are taken of the sculpted teeth to ensure a perfect fit for the restoration. You wear a temporary tooth cap while your custom crown is fabricated.
A dental bridge is a custom crown that can actually replace missing teeth. Teeth on either side of the missing tooth are sculpted down for crowns to fit and the bridge creates a replacement tooth in the gap.
Crowns and bridges can also be used in conjunction with dental implants to replace teeth. A titanium post is implanted in the jaw bone and then heals for a period of weeks while a process called osseointegration takes place. Your jaw bone fuses to the implant, making it strong. You wear a temporary tooth cap while the implant heals and your custom crown is fabricated.
To care for any crowns and bridges you have, keeping up a great oral hygiene routine is important. Your dentist will recommend brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Make sure you floss in the area of the crown or bridge and remove all debris from around the restoration. If you grind your teeth at night, your dentist will recommend a nightguard to protect your new dental work.
If you have a tooth that has been compromised by decay or trauma, your Englewood, NJ, dentist can recommend which method of tooth replacement will be right for you.
Dr. Docktor of Dental Arts of Englewood places crowns and bridges to restore smiles for patients with missing or compromised teeth. Contact us for an appointment in Englewood, NJ, at (201) 894-9998.
Do the gaps in your smile make eating challenging or affect your self-confidence? An implant-supported bridge can restore your smile and improve your confidence. Your Englewood, NJ, dentist, Dr. Mark Docktor, can help you decide if restorative implant dentistry is a good choice for you.
What is the difference between a traditional bridge and an implant-supported bridge?
Traditional bridges consist of artificial teeth, or pontics, connected to dental crowns on either end. The hollow crowns slip over teeth on either side of the gap that support the bridge.
Implant-supported bridges look like traditional bridges, but the crowns are connected to dental implants in your jawbone. The tiny implants are placed in your jawbone during minor oral surgery and become substitute tooth roots when they bond to the bone. Implants provide a secure, stable foundation for your bridge and are an excellent option if you're missing several teeth in a row.
What are the benefits of implant-support bridges?
Implant-supported bridges offer several important advantages, including:
- No changes to your teeth: Before you receive a traditional bridge, the teeth that will support the bridge must be reduced in size. This step is necessary for a good fit but may weaken the supporting teeth. Implant-supported bridges are connected directly to implants or a metal framework connected to implants and don't affect nearby teeth.
- Improved appearance: It's only natural to feel a little self-conscious if you have a gap in your smile. Unfortunately, missing teeth can hamper your social life and your career, in some cases. Implant-supported bridges look just like your natural teeth. Your Englewood dentist will make an impression of your mouth to ensure that your crowns and pontics blend in with surrounding teeth.
- Good jaw health: Your jawbone relies on stimulation from your tooth roots to keep it strong. When you lose a few teeth, the bone may begin to shrink and weaken. Your new implants will take over for your roots and help keep your jawbone strong.
- Comfort: Your new bridge will be rooted to your jawbone, just like your natural teeth. It won't slip or slide when you chew or irritate your mouth.
Fill the gaps in your smile with implant-supported bridges! Call your Englewood, NJ, dentist, Dr. Mark Docktor, at (201) 894-9998 to schedule an appointment or ask any questions about restorative implant dentistry today!