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Dental Bridges East Hanover, NJ

Dental BridgesAn Overview

The replacement of missing teeth is important to avoid more complex dental problems from developing due to shifting teeth, changes in gum tissue and bone loss. Dr. Raj Upadya offers dental bridges as a solution for missing teeth.

A dental bridge is used to bridge a gap between teeth to replace one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge can either be removable or fixed and is made from a variety of tooth-like materials.

Dental Implants vs Dental Bridge

dental bridge for missing teeth in East Hanover, NJ

When compared to a dental bridge, a dental implant provides superior long term results. Dental implants are often the best solution for replacing teeth because they are the closest thing to a natural tooth. In fact, most people forget they have a dental implant.

While the initial concern of expense may be an issue, dental implants are an extremely conservative solution and present the least number of problems in the future. And while dental implant surgery may cause anxiety, the procedure is no more involved than the process of having a tooth pulled.

Dr. Upadya uses dental implants to replace a single tooth or several teeth depending on the individual case. Learn more about Dental Implants.

Dental Bridges What to Expect

There are several types of dental bridges and Dr. Upadya will help you make the best decision for comfort and optimal long term results.

Removable Dental Bridge

Typically, a removable dental bridge is reserved for short term solution. A removable bridge may be used to maintain tooth position while a patient is preparing to have a fixed dental bridge or dental implant. While the cost may be lower initially, removable dental bridges do not offer good long term benefits and frequently require replacement or repair down the road.

Fixed Dental Bridge

In a fixed dental bridge, a prosthetic tooth is connected to two dental crowns which cover the teeth on either side of the gap. A drawback to this type of a dental bridge is that it places stress on the natural teeth. Particularly if the teeth are in good health, this type of dental bridge could put unneeded stress on the teeth can lead to premature wear or cavity formation.

Implant-Support Dental Bridge

A better option is to have a fixed dental bridge secured by dental implants instead of dental crowns. Dr. Upadya will recommend an implant-supported dental bridge if a patient is missing several consecutive teeth. Implants offer better long term benefits and do not affect neighboring teeth.

Additionally, dental implants promote continued bone growth, preventing both bone shrinkage and gum recession associated with traditional bridges and dentures.

If you choose to use dental implants, a treatment plan will be put in place after a thorough examination. The next step is the surgical placement of the implants which are actually tiny titanium posts that resemble a screw.

You will need at least three to six months of healing time before the dental bridge can be permanently placed. We offer dental implant services all under one roof to maintain our high standard of quality of care for our patients.

Dental Bridges FAQs

How painful is a dental bridge?

Dental bridges are not painful. Dentists use anesthetic to numb patients’ mouths before the procedure so that they feel no pain throughout. Once it has been placed you should not feel any pain.

Can a bridge be removed and put back on?

Bridges can be removed, repaired, and reapplied. The cement that was used to bond the bridge can be difficult to remove, but your dentist should be able to remove your bridge easily.

How long after extraction can I get a bridge?

Patients should wait at least 5-6 months after an extraction to get a bridge. This gives the gum time to fully heal from the extraction.