Dental Bridges Florham Park
When you have a missing tooth, it can make it difficult to eat your favorite foods and if it’s in the front of your mouth, this can make it feel a bit embarrassing to smile at times. Fortunately, A Healthy Smile Dentistry in Florham Park offers a variety of different options for replacing your missing teeth. It’s essential to replace your missing tooth not only to restore the aesthetics of your mouth but to restore functionality and prevent other problems from occurring. Porcelain dental bridges are just one of our restorative dentistry options we offer to replace missing teeth. Discover more about porcelain dental bridges.
What are Porcelain Dental Bridges?
Although there are different dental bridge materials available, at A Healthy Smile Dentistry, we prefer to use porcelain dental bridges at our Florham Park dental office. Porcelain dental bridges are ideal for patients who want a natural-looking smile that is also strong and lasts long. A dental bridge consists of two anchors and a bridge. The anchors are dental crowns that are either placed over your existing teeth or secured to dental implants. The bridge then rests in between the anchors to fill the empty gap in your mouth. Our fixed dental bridges never leave your mouth. They are either bonded to your teeth or to dental implants so only a dentist can remove it if necessary.
Since the dental bridge is made of porcelain, you can expect it to look similar to your natural teeth. We color the dental bridge to match your surrounding teeth and also shape it to complement your smile. Nobody will even know that you are wearing a dental bridge because it looks so flawless.
Am I a Candidate for Porcelain Dental Bridges?
One of the most common questions that our patients ask us in our Florham Park dental office is if they are a candidate for porcelain dental bridges. We can tell you that if you have a missing tooth and two teeth that can act for anchors or you are a candidate for dental implants, you are most likely a good candidate for porcelain dental bridges. The two teeth that will be used as anchors will need to be healthy with strong roots. If you don’t have teeth to act as anchors, you will need to have sufficient bone density in your jaw as well as healthy gums. There are a few other requirements for dental implants that our dentist can discuss with you in our dental office. Aside from those requirements, most patients with missing teeth are great candidates for dental bridges.
Why Do I Need to Replace My Tooth?
You might wonder why you need to replace your tooth in the first place. If it’s in the back of your mouth, nobody will see it. This is true, however, when you decide not to replace your missing tooth, this can lead to a multitude of dental problems. For example, your teeth adjacent to your missing tooth will begin shifting into the empty space. This can lead to crooked and gapped teeth throughout your mouth. In addition, not replacing your missing tooth can lead to bite problems. When your bite is thrown off, this can lead to tooth grinding, TMJ and uneven wear of your teeth. Lastly, that one missing tooth can make eating and speaking more difficult. Whether you opt for a dental bridge, dental implant, crown, full or partial dentures, replacing your tooth with one of these options is better than not replacing it.
Porcelain Dental Bridges Procedure
The procedure for dental bridges is actually quite simple. If you need dental implants, our dentist will first surgically insert the implants into your gums. Once the gums have healed, our dentist will take impressions of your gums. If you don’t need implants, our dentist will take impressions of your teeth and gums. These impressions are sent to the dental lab where your porcelain dental bridge will be created. In the meantime, you will wear a temporary bridge to seal the gap. Once the bridge has returned from the lab, our dentist will attach it to your dental implants. If you are using your own teeth as anchors, our dentist bonds it to your teeth. You should know that at A Healthy Smile Dentistry, we give no-prep dental crowns. This means that we try to remove as little tooth as possible when prepping for dental crowns or other dental restorations. As a result, more of your real tooth structure is saved.
Porcelain Dental Bridges Aftercare
When it comes to caring for your porcelain dental bridge, you will care for it like your natural teeth. This means that you brush and floss twice a day and visit our dentist regularly for dental exams and cleanings. Other aftercare includes not chewing on hard foods like candy or ice. In addition, you should never use your teeth as a tool. We also recommend that patients who grind their teeth at night wear a night guard to protect their dental bridge and other teeth. Lastly, wear a mouth guard if you play any contact sports. If you notice any problems with your dental bridge, feel free to visit us at your earliest convenience so we can treat you.
Visit our Florham Park Dentist for Porcelain Dental Bridges
If you have a missing tooth that you would like replaced, visit our dentist in Florham Park to explore all of your options. Our staff is here to provide you with the best restorative option for you. We are also happy to provide you with more information about alternative treatments like dental implants, and partial dentures to replace your tooth. Fill out our online contact form or give us a call at 973-377-2222 to schedule an appointment in Florham Park today.