Dentists for Dental Bridges in Brooklyn, NY
What are dental bridges?
Dental bridges are a safe restorative dental treatment option for patients with one or more missing teeth. As the name suggests, dental bridges act as a bridge, closing the space where a tooth or teeth are missing. Unlike dental implants, dental bridges require no surgery. Dental bridges can be permanent or removable. Dental bridges that are removable can be taken out of the mouth without the assistance of a dentist. Dental bridges that are permanent can not be taken out of the mouth without the assistance of a dentist.
Dental bridges work by attaching crowns to neighboring teeth on one or both sides of the missing tooth. These neighboring teeth are known as abutment teeth and support the new false tooth. There are four different types of dental bridges: traditional bridges, cantilever bridges, Maryland bonded bridges, and implant-supported bridges. Your dentist can discuss the pros and cons of each type, as well as recommend which type of dental bridge may be best for your unique dental needs.
Why are dental bridges used?
Similar to dental implants and dentures, dental bridges are used to help fill in the space where a tooth or teeth are missing. Along with improving the appearance of your overall smile, dental bridges can help:
- Prevent the shifting of surrounding teeth
- Preserve the structural integrity of relating facial structures, e.g., cheekbones
- Maintain your natural bite
- Reduce the risk of temporomandibular joint disorder
What does the process for dental bridges involve?
In order to determine if you are an appropriate candidate for dental bridges, you may first meet with your dentist for a consultation session. During your consultation, your dentist will ask that you describe your dental concerns and goals. Your dentist will then perform an oral exam to assess the condition of your teeth and determine if dental bridges are the best treatment option for your dental needs. If approved for dental bridges, your dentist will prepare your abutment teeth for crown placement by carefully filing away necessary layers of enamel. Your dentist will then take impressions of your teeth, which will be used in the production of your custom dental bridge. Your dentist may provide you with a temporary bridge until the final dental bridge is available for placement.
When the final dental bridge is complete, you will return to the dental office and your dentist will install your new set of teeth, ensuring that the device is comfortably fitted and functions appropriately. If you are receiving a permanent dental bridge, your dentist may first temporarily attach the bridges to your teeth so that you can see if the device fits correctly. If the dental bridges are a good fit, your dentist will then permanently attach the dental bridge.
While dental bridges can last for up to 15 years, over time they can fail, lose functionality, or cause other issues. Common problems with dental bridges may include the formation of cavities beneath the bridge, the bridge no longer fits comfortably, or the bridge falls off. If your dental bridges are in need of repair or causing other issues, they can be replaced or removed completely if needed.
What are the benefits of dental bridges?
If you have one or more missing teeth, dental bridges are a good treatment alternative to dentures or dental implants. Benefits of dental bridges may include:
- Improved appearance of smile
- Long-lasting results
- Little to no surgery required
- Prevention of future dental complications
If you are interested in dental bridges, our dental experts at Ralph Avenue Dental Care are here to provide you with trusted and affordable dental care. Here at our health-centered dentistry, we place a strong emphasis on getting to know each patient, as well as utilizing the most advanced technology and procedures in order to provide our patients with high-quality dental care. To learn more about dental bridges, call 718.531.0300 or fill out the form on this page to schedule an appointment.