Your dentists at Bella Smiles in Riverhead, Nesconset, and Roslyn, NY, offer the best that modern dentistry has to offer when it comes to tooth replacement, including dental bridges. Your dentist can use a dental bridge to replace one or several consecutive missing teeth. An implant dentist can also permanently secure your dental bridge with implant dentistry for a comfortable and confident smile.
We can secure dental bridges by using existing teeth as anchors on both sides or surgically placing dental implants. When dentists use existing teeth, they place a dental crown to add strength and ensure a lasting restoration.
Our dentists can use a dental bridge that is secured to dental implants to replace several consecutive lost teeth. This is an ideal option for patients who want a permanent result and who do not want to damage adjacent natural teeth.
Traditional bridgework is secured with dental crowns that are placed over the adjacent teeth. The dentist will need to file down those teeth in order to accommodate the crowns. However, by using dental implants, the surrounding healthy teeth will stay intact.
For a single missing tooth, instead of a traditional fixed bridge, we often recommend replacing it with an implant-supported crown. This will avoid damaging the healthy adjacent teeth. Implants promote continued bone growth in your jaw thus preventing bone loss and gum recession. An implant will actually replace the lost tooth root which will provide stimulation for the bone to prevent it from shrinking.
Dental Bridges at Bella Smiles
The dental bridge procedure will begin with a consultation to assess your dental health and plan your treatment. Depending on the health of your existing teeth, you will have the option to use dental crowns or dental implants to secure the bridge. The goal of treatment is a dental bridge that will last for many years and provides natural function to support your long-term oral health.
For a traditional bridge, we will prepare the abutment teeth for crown placement. Then we will take dental impressions. We will use those impressions to fabricate your restoration. Once it is ready, you will return to our office where our dentist will cement the bridge into place.
Our dental care team will explain all aspects of your dental bridge procedure and ensure that when you visit with us you feel comfortable during your treatment. If you choose to use dental implants to secure the bridge, we can perform all phases of the treatment in the comfort of one of our dentist offices on Long Island.
This makes treatment both more convenient and consistent for a predictable result. The first step in the implant process is to surgically place the implants into your jaw bone. After 3 to 6 months, your Bella Smiles dentist will be able to connect the bridge to the implants.
Dental Bridge FAQs
What can’t you eat with a dental bridge?
You should avoid chewing very sticky and very hard foods with a traditional dental bridge. These types of foods can damage or get stuck on your bridge fairly easily. This can make it more difficult to clean under the bridge as well. You do not have to worry about this with an implant-supported bridge.
What happens if you get a cavity under a bridge?
If you get a cavity under a bridge, your dentist will need to remove it and fix the cavity. However, this is a rare occurrence. Dentists rarely need to remove a permanently-secured dental bridge. Be sure to floss under your bridge daily to protect it from hidden cavities.
What causes pain under a dental bridge?
The most common reason for pain under a bridge is food that has been stuck there for a while. Stuck-on food can cause bacteria to irritate your gums if you do not floss properly and daily under a dental bridge. This could also lead to gum disease. The cause of gum irritation and pain can also be from a bridge that does not fit as well anymore.
How long after a tooth extraction can you get a bridge?
Most patients wait about 6 months after an extraction to have a bridge placed. This gives your mouth, and gum tissue time to fully heal before another procedure.
Do dental bridges look like real teeth?
Fixed bridges are typically very realistic looking. They cover gaps or groups of teeth to make them appear like perfectly aligned teeth in a row. We will design them to match the color of your surrounding teeth to ensure a look natural.
Schedule a Dental Exam and Bridge Consultation
We offer dental bridges in our Roslyn, Nesconset, and Riverhead, NY offices for replacing missing teeth. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Lotardo, Dr. Pop, or Dr. Caesar at Bella Smiles. We will discuss your oral health, concerns, and budget to see what treatment option is right for you.