The use of dental bridges can restore the function and appearance of the smile when tooth loss occurs

Dental Bridges | Succasunna NJAt Morris County Dental Associates, patients in the community of Succasunna, NJ and the surrounding areas can learn about the benefits of replacing missing teeth quickly with dental restorations. There are several types of treatment options when it comes to the replacement of teeth, and one of the more popular options noticed by Dr. Ira Goldberg is that of the dental bridge.

Understanding dental bridges

A dental bridge is a dental restoration used to replace missing teeth. It helps “bridge the gap” that is left behind after a tooth has been lost or extracted. It includes a false tooth called a pontic that is fused to dental crowns on each side to create a single restoration. The crowns are bonded over the adjacent teeth for support so the pontic can sit along the gum line and function as the natural tooth once did. Dental bridges can replace a single tooth, or several teeth in a row, depending on the needs of the patient.

Why choose dental bridges?

There are many benefits to using dental bridges. They are a permanent, non-removable option, which may be better for patients than traditional partial dentures. They are affordable and are often covered in part by dental insurance plans. Dental bridges are also completely natural looking, as the restorations are made to match the color, shape, and size of the existing teeth for seamless integration. Many patients love the ability to replace their teeth with a permanent restoration without the cost of more expensive solutions such as a dental implant.

What other options are available?

Patients missing teeth may also want to ask about alternative options including partial dentures, full dentures, and dental implants.

Ready to work with a professional to decide if dental bridges are right for you?

Contact Dr. Ira Goldberg at Morris County Dental Associates to discuss options for tooth replacement when teeth are lost or extracted. Our practice offers a variety of solutions for your consideration and can be reached by phone for a consultation visit at (973) 328-1225. Our practice is located in Succasunna, NJ at 15 Commerce Boulevard #201.

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Dental Bridges Provide Restorative Benefits

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.