A dental bridge is a fixed dental restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge consists of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap and a false tooth in between, known as a pontic. The crowns are bonded to your natural teeth on each side of the gap and hold the false tooth in place. This restores your bite and prevents the remaining teeth from shifting out of place or into empty space, causing further complications.
Bridges are made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, gold alloys, or a combination of materials. The material will determine the strength and longevity of the restoration and whether it is a good choice for you.
What Conditions Can Dental Bridge Treat?
This treatment is often used when patients are missing front teeth. However, it can be used on other teeth as well. For example, it can be used to treat teeth that are congenitally absent. It can also be useful if a patient needs a tooth removed but doesn't want to damage the two adjacent teeth in the process. This is because it is less invasive than having a dental implant placed in the area. Also, dental implants require the patient to have the sufficient bone volume to support the implant. This isn't always the case, so a bridge can be a better option.
How Is a Dental Bridge Procedure Performed?
Our dentist will place your restoration by preparing the two teeth that will receive the bridge. We will then take a mold of your teeth and use it to create your custom bridge. During your second appointment, we will test the fit of the bridge and make any necessary adjustments before it's permanently bonded in place.
What Are the Benefits of a Dental Bridge?
- Providing support for your bite and jaw alignment
- Restoring the ability to chew and speak properly
- Preserving facial appearance by preventing teeth from shifting out of their natural position
- Filling unsightly gaps between your teeth
- Improving the overall appearance of your smile
Dental bridges are an excellent option to restore your smile. But patients are still advised to practice good oral health habits such as brushing twice a day, flossing daily, visiting their dentist regularly for professional cleanings, and avoiding sugary foods and drinks that can stick to teeth and cause cavities.
We at SimpliSimles, make sure that our patient gets the right treatment, attention, and care needed from our top-class dentists. We also serve areas including Plainview, Syosset, Jericho, Bethpage, Massapequa, Levittown, and Westbury. You can get in touch with us through online consultation or by calling us, and we'll guide you further. Call at (516) 336-4902 to book an appointment at our Hicksville office and (516) 756-0111 for the Farmingdale office.