Dental Bridges in Stamford, CT
Drs. Clabaugh & Trentalancia provide dental bridges in Stamford, CT. Call 203-327-2540 to learn more and schedule your appointment.
According to the American Dental Association (ADA), the average adult has three missing or severely decayed teeth. A dental bridge can be a great option for those who are missing one or more teeth in a row.
There are two primary components to a dental bridge. The abutments support the bridge via crowns that are placed on the adjacent healthy teeth or dental implants. The pontics are the replacement teeth that are attached to the bridge.
There are also different type of material which the bridge can be made — from traditional gold and porcelain to newer zirconia bridges or full porcelain. The material will vary in different situations.
There are four basic types of dental bridges, each with its own pros and cons. We will help you decide which type of bridge bests meets your oral health needs, budget, and aesthetic goals.
Traditional Dental Bridge
The most common type of dental bridge is known as the traditional dental bridge. This type of bridge is supported by crowns placed on the existing teeth at each end of the bridge. A traditional dental bridge is strong and stable. However, since this type of bridge is supported by the natural teeth, it does carry some risks. The supporting teeth must be prepared to receive the crowns, which involves removing some tooth structure. This can weaken those teeth, putting them at higher risk for fracture.
A cantilever bridge is also supported by a crown placed on a healthy tooth, but is supported only on one end. This type of bridge can be extremely useful in specific situations, but it carries a higher risk than a traditional dental bridge. Because the bridge is supported by only one tooth, the forces of biting and chewing are not distributed, but must be borne solely by that tooth. This can increase the likelihood of the supporting tooth shifting or cracking.
Implant Supported Bridge
Implant supported bridges are rapidly growing in popularity. Rather than shaving down healthy teeth to support the bridge, dental implants are placed at each end for support. This may be the only option if several teeth in a row are missing, and it is almost always considered a better solution than a traditional or cantilever bridge. However, because it requires dental implants to be placed, it will require sufficient bone for the implant placement and this type of bridge is more expensive, and some insurance companies may not pay the difference.
A Maryland bridge is a unique option that has several specific applications. Rather than crowning the supporting teeth, the bridge features a metal or ceramic structure that is bonded to the back of the teeth with dental cement. It is not as strong as a traditional or implant support bridge, and is not recommended for teeth that will take heavy biting or chewing forces. For teeth that take only minimal forces, though, this can be a great way to preserve the healthy adjacent teeth without the additional expense of dental implants.
Call 203-327-2540 to learn more about your restorative options and achieve the smile you have always wanted.
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