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Dental Bridges NYC
Dental bridges are restorative devices used to replace one or more missing teeth. When a tooth is missing, a dental bridge may be used to “bridge” the gap between the remaining teeth. SmilesNY offers dental bridges in New York.
What are Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges consist of two crowns and one or more false teeth. Dental bridges are structurally supported by the surrounding natural teeth. When a missing tooth is replaced using a dental bridge, the adjacent teeth (called abutment teeth) require restorations, usually crowns, in order to support the replacement tooth (called a pontic).
Why is it important to replace a missing tooth?
Leaving the space caused by a missing tooth empty can lead to many different problems. When a tooth is lost, the adjacent and opposing teeth may drift, causing a change in your bite that may lead to greater problems. The change in your bite can result in additional tooth loss, fractured teeth or fillings, jaw pain, and possibly headaches. Failing to replace a missing tooth can also lead to gum disease and other dental hygiene problems. Waiting to replace a missing tooth almost always leads to more complicated treatment, so it is important to replace the missing tooth as soon as possible.
What are the benefits of a Dental Bridge?
There are many benefits to replacing a missing tooth with a dental bridge. A dental bridge can:
- Restore the appearance and functionality of your smile
- Enable you to chew and speak properly
- Maintain the shape of your face by improving the appearance of sunken in cheeks
- Maintain proper occlusion by keeping surrounding teeth from shifting out of place
Is there more than one type of Dental Bridge?
Yes. The three main types of dental bridges are traditional bridges, cantilever bridges, and resin-bonded bridges. A traditional bridge consists of two crowns (one for the tooth on either side of the missing tooth) and a pontic. A cantilever bridge is used when there are only adjacent teeth on one side of the missing tooth. A resin-bonded bridge is made of artificial teeth that are supported by a framework and bonded to your existing teeth with “wings.” This type of bridge requires less preparation of the adjacent teeth.
Traditional bridges are the most common type of dental bridge.
What is the process for getting a Dental Bridge?
During your initial visits at SmilesNY, diagnostic models will be made in order to determine the best dental bridge option for your specific case. Once the appropriate method of treatment is decided, the teeth used to attach the bridge (abutment teeth) are carefully prepared to receive crowns. Impressions are then taken and a temporary bridge will be cemented into place. Your permanent dental bridge is created in a lab to match the exact measurements of your mouth. Once it is complete, you will come back to the office for a final visit and your final dental bridge will be cemented into place. At this time, your dentist will make any necessary adjustments to ensure a comfortable fit.
How can I care for my new Dental Bridge?
Brushing and flossing are very important in caring for your new dental bridge, as well as to your overall dental health. Since it is not possible to floss between the teeth involved in a dental bridge, you will be given special hygiene devices and instructions to help ensure the proper care and maintenance of your new dental bridge.
How can I learn more about Dental Bridges?The talented dentists at SmilesNY will be happy to discuss dental bridges in Manhattan with you. Please feel free to call (212) 752-6537 or schedule an appointment online in our New York office.