Cosmetic Dental Bridges in Manhattan Borough NYC
NYC Center for Dental Implants, located in Manhattan NYC, customizes a patient’s cosmetic dental bridges for their unique needs. We will talk you through the options available to you and make recommendations for your treatment plan.
Bridges are dental devices that serve as a replacement for one or more missing teeth.
There are four main types of dental bridges:
- Cantilever bridges
- Maryland bridges
- Traditional bridges
- Implant-supported bridges
When choosing a dental bridge option, patient education is crucial. Our team of experienced implant dentists will give you additional details on the one your options and recommended dental plans.
Cantilever bridges, as the name implies, are only supported by a crown on one side—unlike a traditional bridge which is supported on both sides. This option is not as strong, so they aren’t used as often by dentists unless only one tooth needs to be replaced. If a cantilever bridge is suggested, it is likely it won’t be for teeth further back in the mouth as these structures don’t support bite pressure the way other bridges do. This type of bridge is rarely used unless the circumstances are particularly favorable.
Maryland bridges are sometimes referred to as resin-bonded bridges. A Maryland bridge combines metal and replacement teeth instead of crowning both sides or adding implants on either side of the bridge.
Maryland bridges are fashioned by embedding metal into the backside of the teeth that will support the bridge, with the false teeth sitting in between. Even though these metal supports are bonded onto the teeth, they are not as strong as other bridge options, and they place stress on the healthy teeth. At the same time, they are an affordable to replace missing teeth. Only adults would be candidates for this type of bridge. As children age their teeth will grow, making this bridge not ideal.
Traditional Dental Bridge
Traditional dental bridges are often used because of their durability and longevity. A traditional bridge consists of crowned teeth on either side, with the false teeth cemented into the middle space. This type of structure creates a sturdy chewing surface, as well as a more aesthetically pleasing smile. Traditional bridges are also sometimes called fixed partial dentures.
The artificial teeth in the bridge are called “pontics,” and are usually made from ceramic or porcelain to mimic the look of natural teeth as much as possible. This type of bridge is a possibility for patients who have healthy teeth on either side of the area that is missing teeth. Those who do not meet this criterion may still be able to get a bridge placed, but they will likely need to go with another option, preferably one that relies on dental implants.
Dental implant-supported bridges are probably the best option for replacing a section of missing teeth. This type of bridge is nearly the same as its traditional counterpart, but instead of crowned teeth on both sides, dental implants are used for support. These bridges can be more expensive due to the cost of placing two dental implants, but there really is no comparison in terms of how this bridge functions.
Since an implant is anchored firmly into the jaw below, the bridge support is extremely strong. This type of system is ideal, as the implants provide an extremely sturdy base for the bridge anchor—even better than crowns would be in terms of strength and longevity.
Contact our team of dental implant and bridge specialists to learn more about your restorative options and achieve the smile you have always wanted.
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