Dr. Sal Lotardo is an experienced dentist in Nesconset, NY that provides expert dental care to patients suffering from missing or damaged teeth. If you suffer from tooth loss, Dr. Lotardo will help you decide which replacement option is right for you. He will explain the pros and cons of each treatment. He may recommend a dental bridge which is a popular solution for tooth loss. Below is a description of each type of bridge available.
Types of Dental Bridges
A traditional bridge is a single piece with two dental crowns on each end and the replacement teeth (the pontics) in the middle. This type of restoration can replace one or two teeth. It requires the use of the two teeth located on each side of the gap created by the missing teeth.
To prepare for a traditional bridge, your dentist will recontour the two adjacent teeth. By reducing them in size, it creates room for dental crowns. The crowns are cemented in place and the pontics will rest on the gums and function as the replacement teeth.
A cantilever bridge is also a single piece but only uses teeth on one side of the gap to secure it. It is made up of one or two crowns and one or two pontics. If possible, your dentist will use two teeth on one side of the gap to secure it. However, it is possible to only use one if that tooth has a strong root structure.
The one or two adjacent teeth are prepared in the same way. They will be reduced in size to accommodate the dental crowns. The bridge will be cemented to the abutment teeth. We only recommend using this type of bridge in areas where there is infrequent chewing like the small front teeth.
A Maryland bridge can replace a single missing tooth. It is similar to a traditional dental bridge however it uses metal wings instead of crowns to secure the replacement tooth. On both sides of the false tooth are thin metal wings that are attached to the two adjacent teeth. They are bonded to the back of the teeth with a composite resin.
A benefit of using this method is no tooth enamel will need to be removed to accommodate the restoration. The downside is the restoration will need to be re-bonded often and it is not as durable as a traditional bridge.
Dental Implant Supported Bridge
This type of bridge can be used to replace two or more teeth. The bridge piece is made up of two dental crowns with the pontics located in the middle. It is similar to a traditional bridge however it is secured to dental implants instead of adjacent teeth.
At least two dental implants will be placed in the jaw bone via a surgical procedure. After a period of healing, typically three to six months, the bridge will be secured to the implants.
Dental Bridge vs Dental Implants
Dental implants offer a long-term solution for missing teeth. When patients qualify, Dr. Lotardo will recommend them over other traditional restorations. A dental bridge will require damaging healthy, adjacent teeth while a dental implant does not harm healthy teeth. Also, a dental implant restoration will preserve the jaw bone.
Schedule a Dental Exam Today
To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lotardo at his Nesconset, NY dentist office, please call 631-228-8780 (Nesconset Office) or 631-574-3898 (Riverhead Office) or 516-217-6668 (Roslyn Office) or request an appointment online. At your appointment, will discuss which type of dental bridge is right for you.