Missing teeth can cause concern and embarrassment. They affect your speech, how you eat, and may even lower your self-confidence. One of the most common techniques used to replace missing teeth is a dental bridge.
A dental bridge is a dental restoration in which healthy teeth surrounding the missing tooth are used to anchor false teeth (one or more), thereby creating a “bridge” between them. The anchor teeth both receive crowns to stabilize them and connect them securely to the bridge. The bridge teeth look like porcelain crowns, and match the surrounding teeth.
The materials and procedures used for dental bridges vary from patient to patient and will be determined by our dentist to ensure you have a beautiful, restored smile.
What to Expect
A bridge procedure generally takes two visits to complete. At your first visit we will prep your supporting teeth and then make a mold of your bite using a soft impression material. At your second visit, we will fit the fixed prosthesis and bond it into place. Each bridge is matched to resemble your smile’s natural appearance- in both shape and color, so that people will never know it was even missing in the first place.
It is important to remember that crowned teeth and bridges require good daily care. Be sure to brush and floss every day, and schedule regular cleanings. If cared for properly, a bridge can last a lifetime.
If you are concerned about problems caused by missing teeth, whether for cosmetic, or functional reasons, please call us today to see if a dental bridge may be right for you. If you are suffering from damages teeth and need permanent replacement, be sure to ask about dental implants to help restore your smile. Our Manhattan prosthodontic specialist or our cosmetic dentists can help!