At Parshin Dental, most treatments that we perform to restore health and function to the mouth have an equally profound cosmetic impact. This is particularly true of the custom-crafted dental bridges available at our Brooklyn and Staten Island, NY offices. By replacing missing teeth, dental bridges are of course important to rebuilding the structural integrity of the mouth. However, Dr. Alex Parshin takes such care in designing his bridges to blend seamlessly and inconspicuously with each patient’s surrounding natural teeth that the results typically represent a complete aesthetic transformation. Patients emerge from treatment with smiles that are whole, healthy, and functional once again.
As with all of the ceramic dental restorations available at Parshin Dental, we are able to create the replacement teeth used in dental bridges with our in-house CEREC® grinding and milling system. This means that instead of having to wait up to two weeks for your permanent dental bridge to return from a laboratory so that it can be placed in your mouth, you can potentially have your bridge created for you while you wait. Our CEREC® dental bridges are manufactured from the highest-quality materials, which helps to ensure the longest-lasting, most durable results possible.
As a patient of Parshin Dental, you also have access to one of the nation’s foremost implant dentists, as evidenced by his status of diplomate in the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. While traditional fixed dental bridges are an excellent, time-tested restorative treatment, implant-supported bridges provide the premier solution to missing teeth. During your consultation with Dr. Parshin, he will explain both traditional and implant-supported bridges to you in detail so that you can make a confident, educated decision about how to proceed with your care.
If you are missing one or more teeth on a single arch and would like to learn more about your dental bridge options, please schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Parshin today.
What are dental bridges?
Dental bridges are appliances comprising one to three natural-looking replacement teeth, called pontics, supported on either end by dental crowns. With a traditional fixed dental bridge, these dental crowns are attached to the natural teeth adjacent to the gap once occupied by the now-missing teeth. With an implant-supported bridge, the crowns are attached to tiny titanium implant posts via abutments. With the crowns in place, the replacement teeth literally “bridge” the gap.
What are the benefits of dental bridges?
The loss of a tooth creates multiple problems in your mouth. The most apparent of these problems is the conspicuous gap it creates in your smile. Because Dr. Parshin crafts the pontics and crowns used in his bridges to the most exacting of specifications, your dental bridge will complete your smile virtually undetectably. The aesthetic benefits of having your missing tooth or teeth replaced by a dental crown will be evident the moment you view your smile in a mirror.
To understand the oral health benefits of dental bridges, you must first understand what occurs in your mouth when you lose a tooth:
- The teeth on either side of the space once occupied by the tooth begin to drift toward that space, away from their optimal positions in the mouth. This compromises the bite and increases the risk of other oral health problems such as gum disease and tooth decay.
- In the meanwhile, the body interprets the loss of the tooth as a signal that the periodontal and jaw bone tissues that once provided support to the tooth no longer serve an essential function. Therefore, it ceases to provide these tissues with the necessary supply of blood and nutrients.
- As a result of this neglect by the body, the gums and jaw bone that once supported the missing tooth begin to fall into disuse and degrade. In the long term, this increases the risk not only of serious oral health problems, but also of such overall health problems as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and high blood pressure. On a more immediate and practical level, however, the combination of a missing tooth and degrading oral structures will make everyday functions such as biting, chewing, and talking more difficult.
When you replace your missing tooth or teeth with a traditional fixed bridge, you will address many of these issues. For instance, the pontics will prevent the surrounding natural teeth from shifting out of place, thereby preserving the integrity of your bite. You will also be able to eat and speak with greater ease and confidence once again.
However, implant-supported dental bridges offer these benefits while also halting the degradation process that occurs when a tooth is lost. This is because the titanium that makes up a dental implant is not recognized by the human body as a foreign material. As a result, the body cannot distinguish between the implant and a natural tooth root. The dental implant fuses together with jawbone, signalling to the body that the soft and hard tissues surrounding the “tooth root” are once again vital to the mouth. Oral health is restored, and the dental bridge is provided with unrivaled support and security.
Are you a candidate for a dental bridge?
Your candidacy for a dental bridge will depend on which type of bridge you opt for:
- Traditional fixed bridge: In order to have a traditional fixed bridge placed in your mouth, the natural teeth adjacent to the gap must be strong and healthy enough to support dental crowns. Before committing to this treatment method, you must understand that these natural teeth must be filed down in order to accommodate the crowns, which makes the dental bridge an irreversible treatment. If the bridge becomes dislodged or damaged, it will have to be replaced, as the natural teeth will no longer be functional or aesthetically appealing on their own.
- Implant-supported bridge: The implant-supported dental bridge does not require natural teeth for support; therefore, no alteration of healthy teeth must take place as part of the procedure. Patients must, however, have sufficient jaw bone density to support the dental implant posts. Because Dr. Parshin uses CT technology to plan and sophisticated computer technology to guide the placement of implants, many patients who might not be considered good candidates for implant-supported bridges at other practices are able to undergo treatment at Parshin Dental. However, patients with insufficiently dense jaw bones may be able to improve their candidacy by undergoing a bone grafting procedure prior to treatment.
Learn More about Fixed and Implant-Supported Dental Bridges
If you would like to learn more about traditional fixed and implant-supported dental bridges, and which dental bridge option might be best suited to your particular case, please schedule a consultation at either our Brooklyn or Staten Island office today. We would be most pleased to welcome you to the Parshin Dental family of patients.