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When a patient experiences tooth loss, it can affect more than just the appearance of their smiles. Gaps left by one or more missing teeth can cause difficulty with simple everyday tasks, such as eating or speaking properly. The remaining natural teeth can also begin to shift and move into the empty space left behind. In addition to these functional concerns, many patients are unhappy with the appearance of gaps left in their smiles. Dr. Robert P. Rothenberg can address all of these concerns by placing dental bridges at our Manchester practice. A dental bridge is a prosthetic designed to replace one or more missing teeth. To learn more about the functional and aesthetic benefits of this restorative dentistry procedure, please contact our office to make an appointment with Dr. Rothenberg.
Bridging Gaps In Your Smile
A typical bridge, designed to restore one missing tooth or multiple teeth, consists of the replacement tooth or teeth attached to dental crowns at each end of the bridge.
Traditionally, a dental bridge is supported by crowns that are placed on the adjacent teeth. This lends the restoration its name, since it literally bridges the gap left by the missing teeth. Additional techniques include fusing the bridge onto two teeth on one side of the prosthetic or bonding the bridge onto the back side of the teeth. In some cases, we can create and place a crown in just one appointment using our CEREC® in-office milling system. Dr. Rothenberg can help you determine which technique is best-suited for your smile.
Another type of bridge anchored in place and secured by dental implants. An implant is a titanium post that is embedded in the jawbone, acting as a prosthetic tooth root. The bridge will be attached to the implants without involving any teeth. This method offers unique benefits for the right patients.
Functional and Aesthetic Benefits
After your dental bridge is placed, you will no longer experience difficulty chewing, eating, or speaking. The bridge will keep your surrounding teeth from shifting and moving into the empty spaces left by missing teeth. Bridges that are held in place by dental implants have the added benefit of protecting against future bone loss. Implant-supported restorations provide stimulation to the jawbone like a natural tooth root, maintaining a dense, healthy jaw. A dental bridge can also restore your youthful facial structure, guarding against the sunken appearance that can be common in patients who are missing teeth.
Modern dental prosthetics are made from materials that mimic many of the qualities of natural teeth. Porcelain and zirconia reflect light in much the same way that enamel does. The technicians who make our bridges can match the color and shade of the prosthetic to your natural teeth, which allows for a seamless integration into your smile that will be virtually undetectable.