Dental Bridges in Farmingdale, NY
If you are missing a few teeth, or even a single tooth, it affects your ability to speak clearly, chew properly, and maintain oral health. Teeth lost due to injury, disease, or age must be replaced to preserve oral function and avoid complications such as misalignment of the remaining teeth. A dental bridge can replace one or more missing teeth with a dental prosthetic without invasive surgery.
Dental Bridge Options
A dental bridge is an oral prosthetic that replaces missing teeth with natural-looking restorations. The bridge attaches the crowns to the adjacent natural teeth to hold them in place. Bridges can be fixed (permanently attached) or removable.
Fixed Dental Bridge
A fixed bridge attaches dental crowns (replacement teeth) to the adjacent (abutment) teeth using a bonding cement or by placing attached crowns over the abutment teeth. Once in place, a fixed dental bridge cannot be removed except by a dental professional.
Removal Dental Bridge
A removable bridge is attached to the abutment teeth using metal clasps or loops. The bridge can be removed at any time for cleaning or sleeping.
Why do I need a dental bridge?
Missing teeth negatively affect your ability to eat comfortably, chew certain foods, and smile confidently. If more than one tooth is missing, it also affects your appearance, giving your cheeks a sunken look that can add years to your appearance.
The most important reason to wear a dental bridge is to protect your oral health. When teeth are missing, it stresses the remaining teeth and gums. This can lead to misalignment of the teeth, jaw problems, and gum disease. Gum disease is prevalent in individuals with missing teeth and can lead to lifelong problems with your remaining teeth and gums. A dental bridge minimizes these risks and restores your smile.
How is a dental bridge attached?
Most bridges require two or three appointments to ensure a perfect fit and comfort. During your first appointment, the teeth on either side of the gap left by your missing teeth are prepared. Dr. Chrisphonte removes part of the enamel and dentin on these teeth. She then takes impressions of your teeth and sends them to a dental lab, where your bridge is created.
Fixed bridges are attached to the adjacent teeth using dental bonding cement and dental crowns placed over them to support the permanent bridge. Removable bridges can be attached using loops, clasps, or removable crowns placed over the adjoining teeth.
Missing teeth can cause speech disorders as they are used to make many of the sounds we use to speak clearly.
What materials are used for dental bridges?
There are various materials used for bridges, including gold alloys, non-precious metal alloys, and dental porcelain. Many bridges use a combination of these materials. Dr. Chrisphonte will review your options with you at an initial consultation.
How do I take care of my bridge?
Daily flossing and twice daily brushing with a soft bristle toothbrush are essential to keep the bridge and your teeth clean and free of gingivitis and plaque. Pay special attention to the teeth supporting your bridge, as losing them means your bridge no longer has support. Annual checkups and professional cleaning are also necessary, as your dentist can check for any damage or wear.
If you are interested in a fixed or removable dental bridge, your first step is a consultation with Dr. Chrisphonte to discuss your needs and determine what type of bridge is best for you. Call our office at Genuine Smiles Phone Number (516) 694-4000 to schedule your appointment.
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