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. A dental bridge can be used to replace one or several consecutive missing teeth. Your dental bridge can be permanently secured with implant dentistry for a comfortable and confident smile.
Dental bridges are secured by either existing teeth on either side or dental implants. When existing teeth are used, a dental crown is typically placed 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 missing teeth. This is an ideal option for patients who want a permanent result and who do not want to damage adjacent healthy teeth to get a bridge placed. Traditional bridgework is secured with dental crowns that are placed over the adjacent teeth.
Those teeth will need to be ground down to accommodate the crowns. By using dental implants to have the bridge placed, the surrounding healthy teeth will stay intact.
For a single missing tooth, instead of traditional bridgework, 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, the decision will be made to place dental crowns or use dental implants to secure the bridge. The goal of treatment is a dental bridge that will last for many years, providing natural function and supporting your long-term oral health.
For a traditional bridge, we will prepare the abutment teeth for crown placement. Dental impressions are taken after this step that will be used to fabricate your restoration. Once it is ready, you will return to our office where the bridge will be cemented 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 dental implants are being placed to secure the bridge, all phases of treatment can be performed 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 have the implants surgically placed into your jaw bone. After three to six months of healing, 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. This is a rare occurrence and should not have to be done periodically. 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. Gum irritation and pain can also be caused by a bridge that does not fit as well as it used to.
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?
Bridges cover gaps or groups of teeth to make them appear like perfectly aligned teeth in a row. They are color-matched to the patients surrounding teeth to ensure that they match and look natural.
Schedule a Dental Exam & Consultation
If you have missing teeth, we offer dental bridges in our Roslyn, Nesconset, and Riverhead, NY offices. 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.