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What are the 4 Types of Dental Bridges?

There are several different types of dental bridges, like traditional dental bridges, cantilever bridges, Maryland bridges, and Implant-Supported bridges. Though there are important differences between these dental bridges, they all serve the same purpose: restoring the function of lost or damaged teeth. Dental bridges act by attaching to an adjacent tooth - which could also be an implant - and then serve as a new tooth. Dental bridges can be just one tooth, or it can be a few. If you are wondering if you would be a good candidate for dental bridges, come to Great Neck Family Dentist and see what Dr. Liberman thinks.

Traditional Dental Bridges

Traditional dental bridges are the most commonly used in restorative dentistry. Traditional dental bridges are used when the surrounding teeth are healthy. The bridge works by placing caps on the two adjacent teeth, and then the ‘pontic’ tooth - the new one - is secured in between the teeth. Traditional bridges are very reliable and strong. The bridges are made out of either ceramic or porcelain, which is then fused to metal. Traditional dental bridges are even strong enough to support molars. However, traditional dental bridges require that the enamel is trimmed down on the two adjacent teeth. Once enamel is trimmed down, it cannot grow back.

Cantilever Bridges

Cantilever bridges are similar to traditional bridges but for one important difference: cantilever bridges are attached to only one tooth, instead of the traditional bridges using two. In the case that there is a gap and only one tooth available, a dentist will use cantilever bridges. Due to only using one tooth, there are some more complications with cantilever bridges. However, do not worry: Dr. Liberman will develop a treatment plan that is safe and practical.

Maryland Bridges

Maryland bridges are most often used to replace teeth at the front of the mouth. Instead of mounting on to the crown of a tooth, like in traditional or cantilever bridges, Maryland bridges mount onto the backside of the front teeth. Maryland bridges use porcelain, but there is no need to trim any of the enamel down; Maryland bridges are considered a more conservative approach. Though Maryland bridges do not need to shave any enamel down, they are not as durable as traditional dental bridges. The Maryland bridge binds to the neighboring teeth with porcelain, metal, or both.

Implant-Supported Bridges

Implant-supported bridges work similarly to traditional bridges, but implant-supported bridges are secured to implants instead of natural teeth. In the event that several teeth are missing or that the remaining teeth are not reliable, implants will be used. Unlike the other bridges discussed, implant-supported bridges require surgery. The bridges also require two surgeries: one for the implants and one for the bridges. It should be noted that bridges are not permanent solutions. Bridges- whether they are traditional or implant-supported - do not last a lifetime but five to seven years. However, if you have strong oral hygiene, the bridges could last closer to a decade and perhaps longer. Like many procedures in restorative dentistry, the most important ingredient for success is effective oral hygiene.

What is the difference between dental fillings and crowns?

Dental fillings and crowns are both used in restorative dentistry - these are not cosmetic procedures. Dental fillings and crowns are both used to restore the function and comfort of the affected tooth or teeth. When dental fillings and crowns are used, there is typically a rotten tooth to treat. However, dental fillings are used when the tooth decay is minor and dental crowns are used when a large portion of the tooth has decayed.

What are Dental Fillings?

Dental fillings are used to replace dental tissue that has been lost to decay or some sort of trauma. The process works by Dr. Liberman using novocaine, or some other type of pain killer, and then drilling away the affected area. This whole process is relatively pain free. After the decayed or traumatized area is removed, then Dr. Liberman will use a composite material of tooth-colored material, which then fills in the removed area, leaving the patient with a strong and healthy tooth. Dental fillings are used in minor tooth cavities and trauma.

Typically, dental fillings are expected to last anywhere from 5-10 years. However, like many procedures in restorative dentistry, dental fillings can last a very long time - but only if a patient is conscientious and is diligent with his or her dental hygiene. With the right dental hygiene, dental fillings can last for decades.

What are Dental Crowns?

Dental crowns are used when there is a more serious situations, such as covering and supporting a large cavity, provide protection after a root canal, return structural integrity to a chipped or broken tooth, improve the shape or appearance of a tooth, and, with the use of a dental implant, replace a missing tooth.

Dental crowns are often used in conjunction with dental bridges. The dental bridge covers the affected tooth, and to support the affected tooth, dental crowns are placed on top of the two adjacent teeth. Dental crowns are typically made out of porcelain and zirconia.

Dental crowns have a lifespan that is a little bit longer than dental fillings: dental crowns can last around 10-15 years. The same rule applies to dental crowns as to dental fillings; if you have strong dental hygiene, then the dental crowns can last well beyond 10-15 years.

Which Procedure is Right for Me?

If you think you have a cavity, chipped tooth, or any other trauma that is affecting the overall function of your mouth, then you need to come to Great Neck Family Dentist and have Dr. Julie Liberman take a look. During a thorough and comprehensive consultation - which may include X-rays - Dr. Liberman and you will discuss your medical history and what your goals are. Dr. Liberman will work with you every step of the way to ensure that you receive the dental care that you need. If you are a family, if you have a young child, or you are a senior, Great Neck Family Dentist is the right dentist office for you. Dr. Liberman has been faithfully serving the Great Neck and Nassau County communities for years and many more years to come.

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