Outside of early childhood, there is pretty much zero excitement associated with tooth loss. Adults expect to keep their teeth for their lifetime. The loss of one or more teeth can feel devastating. It doesn’t have to. Modern dentistry provides outstanding solutions for tooth loss. Dr. Goldberg has achieved Diplomat status with the American Board of Oral Implantology / Implant Dentistry. Still, he recognizes the value of longstanding restorative solutions like the dental bridge.
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is an oral prosthesis that replaces missing teeth by affixing a new structure atop what remains. A bridge looks like natural teeth and feels like them, too, because the entire fixture that includes two crowns and one or more artificial teeth fits over existing anatomy. With crowns affixed to natural teeth, false teeth in the bridge can sit securely over the gums. Bonding a bridge over natural teeth supports long-term stability and chewing function, not to mention personal confidence.
Why People Still Get Dental Bridges
In the past twenty years, we have seen a sharp turn toward dental implants as a successful method of tooth replacement. There are significant benefits to that particular process because dental implants reinstate the root structure that is necessary for lifelong bone regeneration in the jaw. However, people are still getting dental bridges. Here’s why:
Dental bridge treatment is an affordable method of replacing one or more teeth in a short period. The entire process is usually complete within two office visits, and patients can resume normal activities right away. With a bridge in place:
- The bite is aligned
- Teeth do not shift into empty space
- There is no significant gap in the smile
- The smile looks natural
- You can chew a variety of foods
- You feel good about your smile
A dental bridge can last 7 to 15 years or more with proper care. Your New Jersey dentist can provide you with the details you need to determine if a dental bridge will meet your long-term needs for function and natural appearance. Call Morris County Dental Associates at 973-328-1225 to learn more.