Bridges Specialist

Patrick Ryan, DMD

General Dentists & Implant Specialist located in Paterson, NJ & North Haledon, NJ

Bridges restore oral functioning when losing one or more teeth leaves an open gap in your smile. At the offices of Patrick Ryan, DMD, in Paterson and North Haledon, New Jersey, Dr. Ryan and his associate, Naldo Barbagelata, DMD, make bridges using high-quality materials that are meant to remain in your mouth for years or decades to come. Book your consultation for a bridge by calling the office nearest you or using the online booking tool today.

Bridges Q&A

What are bridges?

Dental bridges are prosthetic devices that can replace a missing tooth or 2-3 missing teeth in a row. A bridge relies on the healthy teeth next to the gap, which support the artificial teeth (pontics) that fill the gap. A bridge can also use crowns to attach to dental implant abutments to replace teeth. 

The team at Patrick Ryan, DMD, designs natural-looking bridges that function well thanks to some of the latest technology in dentistry, like computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM). With this technology, you can expect a bridge that’s ready for installment right away and that fits perfectly.  

Which type of bridge do I need?

Four main types of bridges are used frequently in dentistry, and your dentist at Patrick Ryan, DMD, chooses the best one for your needs.

Traditional bridges

Traditional bridges use the support of two sturdy teeth — one on each side of the empty space. Your dentist removes enamel from those teeth to make way for the crowns that go over them. 

Cantilever bridges

Cantilever bridges rely on just one tooth for support and are usually the best option for missing teeth in the very back of your mouth. 

Maryland bridges

Maryland bridges use a metal or porcelain framework that goes around other teeth for support instead of dental crowns. They let you avoid the enamel removal necessary for traditional or cantilever types. 

Implant-supported bridges

Implant-supported bridges use at least two dental implants for support with no crowns or frameworks necessary. You need dental implant surgery first, possibly preceded by a bone graft to strengthen your jawbone. 

What are the benefits of dental bridges?

Bridges make your mouth healthier and create an attractive, full smile. With innovations in dental technology, bridges can last for years — or even decades — with care and upkeep. When you get a bridge, you can enjoy these benefits:

  • No more gap in your smile
  • Better word pronunciation
  • More effective chewing
  • A better facial structure
  • Easy maintenance for your oral health
  • No teeth drifting to fill the gap

Patrick Ryan, DMD, makes sure you know how to care for your mouth immediately after your bridge procedure and for years to come in order to protect the bridge from damage. You might eventually need a replacement, and you should call the office right away if your bridge comes loose, breaks, or wears down. 

Schedule your consultation for bridges by phone or book online at either Patrick Ryan, DMD, location today.