If you’re missing one or multiple teeth, a dental bridge can help restore your smile to its near original condition. At Rene Horvilleur, DDS, in Midtown East, New York City, the team proudly offers patients access to traditional, Maryland, cantilever, and implant-supported bridges. Call or use the online booking tool to schedule your consultation today.
What are dental bridges?
A dental bridge is a cosmetic appliance that physically bridges the gap between one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge features at least one prosthetic tooth and attaches to your permanent teeth on either side of a space.
What types of issues can a dental bridge correct?
If you lose one or more permanent teeth, it affects the health of your jaw and gums. A dental bridge can help:
- Restore your smile
- Improve your chewing ability
- Help you speak more clearly
- Maintain the shape of your face
A dental bridge can also lower your risk of orthodontic treatment, by preventing your remaining teeth from moving out of place.
What are the different types of dental bridges?
The team at Rene Horvilleur, DDS, offers four different types of dental bridges:
Traditional dental bridge
Traditional dental bridges are the most popular type of dental bridge and typically feature one prosthetic tooth. Your dentist attaches a traditional dental bridge to two permanent abutment teeth on either side of a gap using dental crowns.
Maryland dental bridge
A Maryland dental bridge is similar to a traditional dental bridge. However, instead of attaching the bridge to your natural teeth using crowns, your dentist attaches a Maryland bridge to your abutment teeth using a framework of metal or porcelain.
Cantilever dental bridge
A cantilever bridge is unique in that your dentist needs only one abutment tooth on either side of a gap to successfully attach it. This makes cantilever bridges an excellent option for people who are missing multiple teeth.
Implant-supported dental bridge
Like the name implies, implant-supported bridges attach to dental implants. Implant-supported bridges are incredibly sturdy but require multiple oral surgeries. Getting an implant-supported dental bridge typically takes between three and six months.
Which dental bridge is right for me?
To determine which type of dental bridge you’ll most benefit from, schedule a consultation with the team at Rene Horvilleur, DDS. Following a thorough oral exam, review of your medical history, and discussion of your aesthetic goals, the team can make a recommendation.
How long do dental bridges last for?
Dental bridges usually last an average of between 5-15 years. However, if you practice good oral hygiene and visit the dentist regularly, yours may last even longer.
To learn more about the benefits of a dental bridge, book an appointment with the team at Rene Horvilleur, DDS by calling the office or using the online scheduling tool.