Missing Multiple Teeth?

If you have one or more teeth missing, you may be wondering what the best restorative option is for you. Thanks to advances in modern dental technology you have multiple options, including dental bridges and fixed dentures. Missing or extracted teeth can cause numerous problems in your mouth if left alone. Your surrounding teeth will begin to shift as a means of accommodating the space. You may even see some bone deterioration in the jaw. Because of this, it is important to explore your options and determine the right course of action to restore your smile.

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge bridges the gap between your existing teeth and one or more missing teeth. They typically consist of one or more anchoring teeth also called abutment teeth (typically dental crowns), with the pontics (fake teeth) located in between. There are several types of bridges to consider.

  • The traditional bridge requires the two anchoring teeth to be crowned. They will need to be prepared by having their enamel removed so that the crowns can be attached. This is ideal for teeth that are already damaged and decayed. If the surrounding teeth are healthy, you might want to consider a more conservative option, like a Maryland bridge.
  • A Maryland bridge allow for pontic to supported by a porcelain or metal framework rather than a crown. The framework is cemented on the back of the two surrounding teeth. Since no crowns are required, the surrounding teeth do not need to be reshaped.
  • Cantilever bridges are similar to traditional ones with the only difference being that they only use one abutment rather than two. You will only need to have one tooth crowned. This type of bridges is typically used for premolars or incisors.
  • An implant-supported bridge is an excellent option if you have multiple missing teeth, but not enough to need a fixed denture. These bridges are supported by dental implants or tiny titanium screws that are surgically implanted and fuse with the jaw bone. Because of the implants, these bridges feel secure and can be cared for as if they were natural teeth. There is typical one implant placed for every missing tooth. However, if an implant is not possible for one of the missing teeth, them a pontic suspended between two implants will be used.

Other Options for Multiple Teeth

If your tooth loss is so significant that a bridge will be impossible, then you may want to consider a fixed denture. A fixed denture restores an entire arch of teeth and is supported by a series of dental implants. The number of implants needed varies, but the All-on-4 implant treatment only requires four implants per arch, saving you time, money, and discomfort. Fixed dentures can be treated like your natural teeth, and because of dental implants, will last much longer than a traditional bridge that requires crowns. If you have significant bone loss in the jaw, then a fixed denture may not be possible.

We Can Help

Don’t wait on replacing missing teeth. Whether you need a bridge or a fixed denture, we can help. Call the Center for Cosmetic Dentistry at (631) 982-9669, and schedule an appointment today!