A dental bridge is a restoration that attaches to neighboring teeth or dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth. At his dental practice in Lawrenceville, NJ, Dr. Paul D. Derman offers both traditional and implant-supported bridges. To provide the most aesthetically pleasing results, we only use high-quality dental porcelain, which provides excellent strength while looking entirely natural.
If you are missing one to three consecutive teeth, it is likely that you are a candidate for a dental bridge. Since crown-supported bridges rely on neighboring teeth for support, those teeth must be free of decay or structural damage. Any periodontal disease must be resolved before you can receive a restoration of any kind. To qualify for an implant-supported bridge, you must also have enough healthy jawbone tissue to support the implant posts.
To fully assess your candidacy, Dr. Derman can perform a comprehensive examination of your oral health during an initial consultation. He will take a series of x-rays to determine the health of your jawbone and other tissues. Based on his findings, Dr. Derman can explain your treatment options.
Crowns placed onto adjacent teeth provide the necessary support for dental bridges.
Traditional bridges are supported by crowns on either side of the restoration. Dr. Derman will need to remove a small portion of enamel from the adjacent teeth to create room for the crowns. When your teeth are prepared, we can take impressions and send them to our trusted lab to create your custom restoration. Once your bridge and adjacent crowns are ready, you will return to our office. The bridge and crowns will be attached, and Dr. Derman will make any final adjustments necessary in order to achieve a precise and comfortable fit.
For patients who qualify for dental implants, an implant-supported bridge can offer significant benefits. Implants are the only restorative procedure that can prevent the jawbone deterioration that follows tooth loss. They also eliminate the need to alter the structure of healthy teeth in order to place support crowns.
Gaps in your smile can cause your teeth to shift, leading to more extensive problems. A bridge can help you avoid these serious side-effects.
To receive an implant-supported bridge, you will first need to undergo implant placement surgery. During the procedure, implants are inserted into your jaw. After the implants have fully integrated with the jaw, Dr. Derman can attach your permanent restoration.
Gaps in your smile can cause your teeth to shift, leading to more extensive problems. We recommend seeking treatment as soon as possible to protect your oral health and the appearance of your smile. Dr. Derman offers a variety of restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatments to keep your smile healthy, beautiful, and functional. Call our office at (609) 883-1600 or contact us online to schedule a consultation and find out what a dental bridge can do for you.
At Derman Dentistry, we are always at your service. Our team is dedicated to making sure your smile reaches its full potential.