Tooth Supported Bridge Princeton NJ
You may lose a tooth to decay, dental trauma, gum disease, or other oral conditions. Leaving the gap untreated can cause your remaining teeth to shift and misalign as they try to fill the void. If the adjacent teeth are healthy, a tooth-supported bridge might be the recommended solution for your dental concerns. Our dentist at Prosthodontics of Princeton can place a dental bridge between the adjacent natural teeth to replace your lost or missing tooth.
What is a Tooth-Supported Bridge?
A tooth-supported bridge is a traditional dental bridge for replacing one or more missing teeth in the same row. The bridge comprises an artificial tooth called a pontic, with two crowns on either side supporting the replacement tooth. It uses the support of the neighboring teeth to stay in place. At Prosthodontics of Princeton, we can custom-make your fixed bridge from gold, porcelain, or porcelain fused with metal.
What To Expect During a Tooth-Supported Bridge Placement
Placing a tooth-supported dental bridge requires two to three dental visits. At our dental office, we will conduct a thorough dental examination on your first visit to determine your suitability for fixed bridges. We will then numb the area using local anesthesia to ensure your comfort. We may also employ a rubber dam to protect your mouth while we address your concerns.
The next step entails removing decay from the adjacent teeth and extracting any left root canal from the site of the missing tooth. Our specialist will then use a handpiece to modify the neighboring teeth that will support the dental bridge. We will also send an impression of your teeth to our dental lab, where our technicians will make a model of your mouth. The model is used to create a dental bridge that fits your teeth and bite.
Designing the ideal fixed bridge for your missing teeth can take two weeks. Meanwhile, we will place a temporary bridge in your mouth and replace it later with your custom bridge on your next visit. After confirming your bite and teeth alignment, we will cement the dental bridge in place. The entire process is painless, making this option popular with many patients.
Benefits of a Tooth-Supported Bridge
Tooth-supported bridges replace your missing tooth, restoring your bite, smile, and other oral functions. They also prevent adjacent teeth from shifting as they try to fill the void. Moreover, they are cheaper than implants and do not require surgery.
While dental bridges offer numerous benefits, maintaining good oral hygiene is critical for faster healing and optimum comfort. It might take time before your fixed bridge feels natural.
Restore Your Bite and Smile With Quality Dental Bridges
Anyone with one or two missing teeth in the same row can be a good candidate for a tooth-supported bridge. However, the adjacent natural teeth must have healthy bone. Call us at (609) 924-1975 to book an appointment with our dentist at Prosthodontics of Princeton. Our friendly staff is ready to answer all your questions.