Replacing teeth in the smile zone requires special aesthetic considerations. When crafting your dental bridge for the front teeth, Drs. Alex and Jason Hecht, who practice in Staten Island, NY, will take great care to ensure that the final results of dental bridge treatment are functional and cosmetically pleasing.
Special Considerations for Restorations for the Front Teeth
Many patients associate the use of dental crowns (which support a traditional bridge) with the back teeth. But actually, a crown can be placed on any tooth, including the front six teeth that are most visible along each arch when we smile. While crowns that are placed over molars are often fabricated with metal materials, the front teeth can be fitted with natural-looking porcelain crowns that support a bridge.
This is because the front teeth typically do not face the same levels of pressure as the molars. Porcelain can be shade-matched to blend in with the color of your natural teeth. The ceramic material exhibits the same reflective properties as enamel. Porcelain even shows the same normal wear patterns as natural tooth structure.
Many of our patients come with questions and concerns about the cosmetic results that a dental bridge for the front teeth can deliver. Our doctors have decades of combined experience delivering optimal aesthetic results. Each step of the dental bridge fabrication process will be made with cosmetic considerations in mind.
Our Staten Island office offers dental implants, which can support a dental bridge for the front teeth. Following the loss of a tooth, the supporting bone structure will begin to atrophy. Tooth roots act as natural stimulators that promote continual bone growth. The loss of jawbone mass near the front teeth can be particularly noticeable.
Dental implants prevent bone loss and preserve the natural features of your face. If you recently lost a front tooth or need to have a front tooth extracted, you should consider undergoing implant placement. By placing the titanium post soon after tooth loss, you can prevent shrinking of your jawbone and resulting cosmetic problems.
Once your implants are placed, you will be fitted with a temporary restoration. Over the following three to six months, the implant will fuse with the surrounding jawbone tissue. Once your jaw has fully healed and abutments have been placed over the implant, you can be fitted with an implant-supported bridge that replaces the front teeth.
Many of our Staten Island patients report that implant-retained prosthetics look and feel like natural teeth. Whether you have a traditional or implant-retained bridge placed, you will have the benefit of sedation dentistry to ensure that your treatment is comfortable.
Schedule Your Dental Bridge Consultation Today
Once your final restoration is placed, you will regain oral function and a cosmetically pleasing row of teeth that blend in with your natural features. Dr. Alex Hecht has treated nearly 10,000 patients over the course of his professional career. To schedule your restorative treatment consultation, please contact our office online or call (718) 690-3226.