Redefined Robert Graffeo, DDS
Even a single missing tooth poses a threat to your oral health. Nearby teeth may begin to drift out of place, increasing the risk that you will suffer from a misaligned bite. There are also aesthetic considerations to take into account, especially if the missing tooth is near the front of the mouth. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers reliable tooth replacement solutions. Fixed dental bridges in Hoboken are a popular option for budget-conscious patients who want to fill in the gap in their smile.
There are a few different types of dental bridges. The most popular type is a fixed bridge, sometimes called crown and bridgework. This type of restoration consists of three parts: It has a crown on each end, which get placed on the teeth adjacent to the empty space (the abutment teeth). The crowns support one or more artificial teeth (called pontics) between them. A traditional fixed bridge may be able to replace up to three teeth in a row.
Dental bridges can be constructed out of various materials, including metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, and all-porcelain. Dr. Graffeo often recommends all-porcelain restorations for patients who want their tooth replacement to look and feel as natural as possible, as well as for patients who are sensitive to metals.
Some of the most outstanding benefits of dental bridges include:
The dental bridge procedure usually takes place across two or more appointments. At the first appointment, your dentist prepares the abutment teeth by removing some of their enamel. This step is necessary to ensure that their crowns will fit well. Then, our team takes impressions of your mouth, which will serve as the basis for designing your bridge.
You’ll wear a temporary restoration on your abutment teeth while a dental laboratory fabricates your permanent one. Once it is ready, your dentist will verify its fit before permanently securing it in your mouth.
Patient comfort is a top priority in our practice. Local anesthesia and a gentle touch will contribute to an easy and relaxed treatment experience.