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Dental Bridges in Jersey City, NJ

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Dental Bridges Can Help Patients Restore A Comfortable, Functional Smile

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What Does the Dental Bridge Procedure Entail?

The procedure is fairly simple and involves the teeth surrounding the gap or empty sockets. These teeth are called abutment teeth and will serve as anchors for the implant. To start the process, they will both be fitted with crowns. From there, the false tooth, also known as the pontics, will be used to fill in the gap and attach to the crowns using cement. There are four different types of dental bridges, including: 

  • Traditional fixed bridge: This is the most common type of bridge, and it includes two anchor teeth and one or more implants. The pontics will connect to both anchor teeth and form a bridge. The false teeth can be made from metal, porcelain, or ceramics.
  • Cantilever bridge: When you are missing a tooth where only one other tooth is neighboring, a cantilever bridge may be used. The pontics will only be connected to one anchor tooth in this case. 
  • Resin-bonded bridge: For those missing their front teeth specifically, it is likely your dentist will recommend a resin-bonded bridge. Made of porcelain fused to metal, it is supported by a framework with wings on both sides of the bridge.
  • Implant supported bridge: This option is the most similar to the traditional fixed bridge, except instead of cement, it is held in place by implants. 

Your dentist will talk you through the various options and recommend one based on your current set of circumstances. 

Who Is a Good Candidate for Dental Bridges?

A dental bridge is a solution for those who are missing one or more teeth in a row. Specifically, good candidates for dental bridges include:

A Restorative Dentistry Candidate

Restorative dentistry is the process of restoring your natural bite and chew by healing any infections through extraction, cleanings, or implants. Restorative dentistry will start by directly targeting the root of the problem, which may be infection, gum disease, or rot due to a crack in the tooth. Professional cleanings, root canal treatments, flap surgery, a gingivectomy, and more may be utilized to stop the spread of infection and get your oral health back in good standing. 

Once that has been achieved, your dentist will turn their attention to restoring the natural function. Gum disease can wreak havoc on the shape of your teeth, gums, and even your jawbone. Restorative dentistry may include replacing missing teeth with implants using a dental bridge, crown, or even dentures. The ultimate goal of restoring your teeth is to allow you to bite, chew, and speak normally. 

A Cosmetic Dentistry Candidate

If you lost your tooth due to an injury or a congenital condition and not rot or infection, chances are you may just be looking for a replacement for cosmetic reasons. Your mouth can be molded and fitted for an implant to fix any aesthetic problem, including gaps. 

Other cosmetic procedures offered by Journal Square Dental include teeth whitening, teeth straightening using Invisalign, gum contouring to fix “gummy” smiles, and even implants like veneers to cover discolored teeth. For more questions about our Smile Makeover options, reach out to a team member today. 

Consult With a Dental Professional in Jersey City, NJ Today

Meet all of your dental needs in Jersey City, NJ today by setting up an appointment with the Journal Square Dental team today. We have proudly served our community with all of their cosmetic, periodontal, and restorative dentistry needs for over 25 years and would love to do the same for you. 

With a high level of dedication to providing cost-effective, quick, and high-quality dental care, our clients leave feeling confident and satisfied with the work they’ve received. Our people-first approach means we are there with you every step of the way, from the initial consultation and examination to the final, bright smile. See how we can best help you and your dental needs today by scheduling an appointment through our contact form or by calling (201) 431-0288.

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Expertly Reviewed by

Dr. Haig Rickerby, DMD

June 12, 2023

Dr. Rickerby is currently an assistant professor at NYU’s School of Dentistry and has been a member of the American Academy of General Dentistry, National Dental Association, Commonwealth Dental Society, and the New Jersey Dental Association since 1987.

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