Dental Bridges in New York
Dental bridges replace missing or extracted teeth by connecting adjacent teeth with an artificial, substitute tooth. This helps you chew and speak normally and easily after tooth loss or extraction. The dental bridge also helps keep remaining teeth and gums healthy and prevents tooth shifting. We offer bridges as part of our complete list of customized dental services.
What Are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges include an artificial, but realistic looking, tooth (or teeth) that fill in the space created by a missing natural tooth. The artificial teeth (called pontics) are held in place with crowns or wires that fit over/attach to neighboring teeth. There are a number of styles and material options available in custom made dental bridges and our dentist can help you select the best one for your needs.
Do l Really Need a Dental Bridge after Tooth Loss?
Yes, your bridge work will help maintain your oral health by filling in the space created by any missing teeth in your mouth. This helps preserve your ability to talk, eat and smile normally and comfortably, and provides many related benefits.
Dental Bridge Benefits
The goals and benefits of a dental bridge to replace missing teeth include:
- Keep remaining natural teeth from becoming loose after tooth extraction or loss.
- Prevent remaining teeth from shifting position in the mouth.
- Support your natural facial shape and appearance.
- Preserve your bite so that upper and lower teeth continue to come together properly.
- Fill in any gap between natural teeth for an attractive appearance.
- Avoid jaw pain and bone loss that can come with missing teeth.
- Help prevent tooth decay and gum disease by keeping natural teeth from tilting, drifting and becoming difficult to clean.
- And more.
What to Expect: The Process of Creating and Fitting Your Dental Bridge
Creating and placing your bridge work requires at least two dental visits.
- Visit one: We prepare teeth on either side of the missing tooth space so that the bridge will fit over or attach to them.
- Next, but during the same visit, our dentist takes an impression and/or images of your teeth, and the bridge area, for the dental lab to use when making the bridge. This helps to create a properly fitting bridge that matches the contours of your mouth and fills your space properly.
- We will then provide a temporary bridge to keep your prepared teeth in position, while the lab makes your permanent dental bridge.
- Our dentist will discuss the best material options for your new custom bridge, which will be made of porcelain (ceramic) and metal alloy. If several teeth are missing, our dentist may recommend dental implants to support the bridge.
- Visit two: When the permanent bridge is back from the lab, our dentist will adjust it for a perfect fit in your mouth. We then use dental cement to secure your fixed bridge--including crown(s) for adjacent teeth and the pontic fake tooth--over and between your previously-prepared teeth.
- Visit three: We may use temporary cement at visit two, so you can test the fit of your bridge before it is permanently cemented on the third visit. In some cases, crowns are not used, but the pontic is attached to adjacent teeth with a framework bonded to the backs of the supporting teeth. This is called a Maryland Bridge and should only be used in certain areas of the mouth, as recommended by our dentist.
For Custom Made Dental Bridges in New York, Visit Cohen's Gentle Dental
For complete dental services, including dental bridges, contact us at Cohen's Gentle Dental. We serve the Bronx, Fordham Heights, and Washington Heights in New York with six convenient locations. Please call us at 718-365-0990 for an appointment.