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Having a missing tooth can be embarrassing, but did you know it can actually hurt your oral health. Fortunately, there are many restoration options available to you, such as a crown or an implant. However, when considering your options, please don’t forget about dental bridges. A bridge can used restore your beautiful, functional smile.

But did you know there are different types of bridges? The most common is a traditional bridge. This bridge has at least one artificial tooth but can have up to three. These artificial teeth are held in place by the natural teeth on either side of the bridge. Typically, these natural teeth are called anchors and the artificial teeth are known as pontics.

The process of getting a bridge sometimes takes two different dental appointments. During the first appointment, our dentist will prepare your natural teeth—which are known as abutment teeth—to support bridges. During your second appointment, your bridge will be cemented into place.

However, depending on your unique circumstances, our team may recommend a different type of bridge. For example, a cantilever bridge may be used if you only have one natural tooth that can be used as an anchor available. Similarly, our dentist could recommend a bonded bridge, which requires less preparation.

If you are missing teeth, we recommend visiting our dentist as soon as possible. Gaps caused by missing teeth can lead to issues in your mouth, such as shifted teeth, a bad bite, TMJ disorder, and gum disease.

If you have missing teeth, please contact us soon. Our dentist, Dr. Mary Rostami, and our team will assess your smile and recommend a treatment plan unique to you. We will able answer any questions or concerns you may have. To schedule an appointment, please call Basking Ridge Dental Group at 908-509-4428. We are eager to receive your call.