If you’re missing one or several teeth, a dental bridge can span the gap and restore your smile. The expert dentists at East Village Dental Center in New York City recommend replacing missing teeth as soon as possible to avoid bone atrophy, protect your remaining teeth, and prevent infections. To set up a dental bridge consultation, phone the friendly East Village Dental Center office staff or use the online contact form.
Dental bridges are appliances that replace your missing teeth with false teeth. A bridge usually consists of two crowns (false tooth caps) that are fitted to the two teeth surrounding the gap left by your missing teeth, plus a span of one to several false teeth. Dental bridges are made of metal, porcelain, or alloys and come in several designs:
Your dentist helps you decide which type of bridge is best for you.
When you have a gap in your gums, that opening makes your gums susceptible to infection. The bridge stops bacteria from destroying sensitive gum tissue and bone, or spreading throughout your body.
Your teeth also need each other to maintain healthy alignment and perform properly. If you have a gap instead of a tooth, your other teeth slip out of alignment and fall toward the gap. Even the teeth on the opposite side could grow toward the gap, a condition known as super eruption.
The abutment teeth secure your bridge, so it can’t slip, like dentures do. Bridges also don’t have to be removed each night. Unless you get implant-supported dentures, you don’t need to undergo oral surgery for dental bridges.
First, the dentists at East Village Dental Center make sure that your remaining teeth, gums, and jawbone are healthy enough for a dental bridge. When you’re ready for a dental bridge, they prepare your abutment teeth by reshaping them so they can accept the crowns that will secure your bridge. They use digital technology to take impressions of the gap or gaps, plus those of the abutment teeth.
While you’re waiting for your custom-designed permanent bridge, they fit you with a temporary bridge to keep your gums and prepared teeth safe. Within a couple of weeks, your permanent bridge is ready. After testing the fit, they cement the crowns onto the abutment teeth, and your smile is restored.
To restore your smile with a dental bridge, call or use the online form to set up a consultation with the expert dentists at East Village Dental Center.