Types of Bridges - Jupiter Cosmetic Dentist | Jupiter Dentistry
A dental bridge can be an excellent tooth replacement option and there are several different types of bridges that can you can explore. This guide will help you get a better understanding of the different bridges available and why one may be preferred over the other, and in what cases.

Dr. Jay Ajmo is a recognized doctor of dental surgery, with a mastership from the Misch Institute and a diplomate of both the prestigious ICOI and ABOI. He has a long history of excellency and provides his Jupiter patient with the highest standard of care.

The best way to explore your options and learn which procedure is best for you is to schedule your consultation and allow us to perform an exam. This is the only way to deliver accurate results that can help you make the best decision.

Finally, regardless of the type of dental bridge you choose, Dr. Ajmo uses e.max porcelain crowns which are individually sculpted to seamlessly blend in with, and enhance, your smile. They look and feel just like natural teeth, even giving off that real brilliance of a youthful grin.

Traditional Dental Bridges

A traditional bridge includes the crown, or the replacement tooth, and two abutments — one on either side. The abutments go over the adjacent teeth, which must be filed and prepared, and hold the replacement tooth in place.

Sometimes there aren’t suitable adjacent teeth on both sides of the missing tooth. In this case, a cantilever bridge could be used. This has a single abutment, which goes over the eligible healthy tooth. These are not often used anymore and are not always recommended, such as in the case of a missing back tooth, since it can put undue stress on the single tooth it uses as support.

Finally, some dentists also place what are known as Maryland bonded bridges. Here the crown is fused to a winged piece of metal, and the wings are then bonded to the back of the adjacent teeth. Because this bridge uses metal, however, it can cause your natural teeth to change color and darken.

Because traditional dental bridges do require wearing down adjacent natural teeth, possibly weakening them, Dr. Ajmo tends to recommend implant-supported bridges instead.

Implant-Supported Dental Bridges

An implant-supported bridge is very similar to a traditional bridge. The difference is that rather than using your natural adjacent teeth as support, the bridge is instead secured by a dental implant.

This approach benefits from the advantages of the dental implant, which include:
  • Longevity (90%+ survival rate over a 15-year period);
  • Strength;
  • Durability;
  • Comprehensiveness.

That last point is important, because unlike the traditional bridge, the implant-supported bridge connects to your jaw. What this accomplishes, beyond durability and strength, is providing the needed stimulation to keep the bone tissue in the jaw strong and healthy, which helps prevent future tooth loss and aesthetic changes to your jawline.

An implant-supported bridge may also be used to replace an entire arch of teeth. At Jupiter Dentistry we use the Prettau bridge, which is made out of zirconia, the strongest material currently available in dentistry. It is stain resistant, is much more difficult to damage, and provides a longer lasting smile. Furthermore, it is aesthetically stunning, virtually indistinguishable from a real, natural smile.

Schedule Your Consultation to Learn More

The best way to learn about your options is to visit the dentist. There’s no obligation, no risk, and there’s everything to gain.

Schedule your consultation with Dr. Ajmo by contacting us. You can email by filling out the contact form our website or call us at 5612500995.
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How Much Does Teeth Whitening Cost?

The price of treatment and product can vary. Oftentimes, price also varies with the results you expect. You may be able to find cheap over-the-counter products, but the value they provide in return is liable to be lacking. Doing it wrong the first time may end up costing you over the long-run, as you experiment and find yourself simply buying more products than you would have otherwise.

We encourage you to visit us, ask us about your options and their cost, and let us help you make a decision that is best balanced for you.

Am I a Candidate for Teeth Whitening?

Most patients who have yellowed teeth are candidates for teeth whitening. Sometimes patients suffer from chronic sensitivity, periodontal disease, or damaged enamel, and some options may be recommended over others. We highly recommend that cavities and gum disease be treated before using a teeth whitening product.

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Even something as simple as teeth whitening can make such a great difference in your life. A white, brilliant smile is like night and day compared to a yellowed one. It can make you feel complete different, better and refreshed.

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