A dental bridge is a natural-looking dental appliance that can replace a section of missing teeth. Dental bridges can be removable or permanent. Fixed bridges are bonded permanently and can only be removed by a dentist. Because they are custom-made, bridges are barely noticeable and can restore the natural contour of teeth as well as the proper bite relationship between upper and lower teeth. Central Park Dentistry specializes in fixed bridges for patients in NYC.
Reasons for a fixed bridge:
- Fill in gaps or spaces of missing teeth
- Provide natural-looking tooth replacements
- Help to maintain facial shape
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
- Reduce uncomfortable stress on the jawline
- Restore chewing and speaking ability
- Restore your smile
- Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance
- May replace multiple teeth
- Highly durable
Various Types of Bridges
This is the most popular among the suggested and requested. They are made of porcelain fused to metal, which resembles your natural teeth very closely. The porcelain fixed bridge consists of two crowns which are placed on top of two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Primarily used on the front teeth, these bridges typically bond together metal bands to the back of the teeth.
There is no back support on this type of bridge, so it is commonly used on areas of less stress.
Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years, however, they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.
Once your condition has been assessed, your dentist will offer you their expert knowledge to guide you on your options and which method of treatment is best for you.
What does getting a fixed bridge involve?
Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits to our office in NYC. While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. A temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment.
At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit for your mouth. Occasionally, your dentist may temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth to get used to the new bridge. The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later date.
To learn more about fixed dental bridges, please contact Central Park Dentistry and reserve your no-cost personal consultation. Our knowledgeable team believes that every patient seeking cosmetic dentistry deserves to feel good, look good, and enjoy a lasting, healthy smile.