Benefits and Risks of Dental Bridges
If you are missing one or two consecutive teeth, a dental bridge can improve both the aesthetics and functionality of your smile. Dr. Eugene D. Stanislaus can explain the benefits and risks of dental bridges during a consultation at his Brooklyn Heights, NY, practice. In many cases, implant-supported crowns and bridges can offer superior benefits with less risks than traditional bridges. Please contact our office today to learn more.
Benefits of Traditional Bridges
Dental bridges offer a range of benefits for patients who are missing teeth. Some of the benefits include:
- Stability: Your bridge will stay firmly in place, helping you to chew and enunciate properly. You will not need to remove your restoration for cleaning as you might with a partial denture.
- Durability: Bridges are made of highly durable dental porcelain, and with proper care, can last for years.
- Maintained Alignment: A bridge can prevent your surrounding teeth from shifting out of place.
- Natural-looking Results: Not only will a traditional bridge replace your missing teeth, Dr. Stanislaus can also improve the shape and color of the anchoring teeth with dental crowns. Additionally, the porcelain bridge is very resistant to staining, and closely resembles the look and feel of natural teeth.
Risks Associated with Traditional Bridges
However, there are some risks associated with traditional bridge restorations:
- Jawbone Recession: In the absence of tooth roots, the jaw will begin to shrink. Although a traditional bridge offers excellent support, it cannot halt jaw atrophy beneath the gums.
- Gum Disease: Cleaning your restoration requires special floss to reach between the bridge and the gum line. Failure to properly floss around your bridge can result in plaque and tartar buildup, increasing the risk for decay of surrounding teeth, as well as gum irritation and disease.
- Breakage: If you use your bridge to chew especially hard or sticky foods, it can crack. Minor fractures may be repaired, but for more significant breakage, a full replacement may be required.
Dental implants offer the ultimate level of support available for restorations. In addition, crowns supported by dental implants do not involve any of the risks associated with traditional bridges.
Traditional dental bridges can greatly enhance the function, comfort, and aesthetics of your smile. However, to avoid the risks and complications associated with these restorations, you may want to consider dental implants. Dental implants offer the ultimate level of support available for restorations. Crowns supported by implants do not involve any of the risks associated with traditional bridges. Because implants replace tooth roots, they are able to prevent bone loss. In addition, because implant-supported crowns are not connected to nearby teeth, flossing and brushing is easier, and the risk of breakage lower. Implant-supported crowns also eliminate the need to alter surrounding teeth, preserving more of your healthy smile. Our office also offers implant-supported bridges, which can provide similar benefits to implant-supported crowns with limited risks.
"I've been very happy with my experiences at Dr. Stanislaus's office, and highly recommend him to anyone in the New York City area. He and his staff go above and beyond to do the best job possible."-R.B. (Patient)