Do you ever feel slightly self-conscious as a result of gaps in your smile, or have trouble maintaining your oral health due to tooth loss? If so, dental bridges, available at our Manhattan-area dental practice, may be for you. Using a dental bridge - a prosthetic tooth connected on both sides by dental crowns - Drs. Clifford Degel and Carmen Every-Degel of Astoria Dental Group can safely and effectively fill in the space where a tooth is missing. Not all patients are candidates for dental bridge placement, and the type of dental bridge that is used will vary from one patient to the next; however, dental bridges are an effective means of closing gaps in the teeth and we find them to be a viable option for most individuals. Contact our Manhattan-area dental practice to learn more about dental bridges.
Dental bridge placement involves a less invasive procedure than that of dental implants, making it an attractive alternative for individuals who are missing teeth but are hesitant to undergo oral surgery. As bridges can be placed in areas where 1 to 3 teeth are missing, they are an effective treatment option for the majority of our patients with dental gaps. If dental bridges are right for you, two separate appointments with our dentists will be required for the procedure - one involving preparation of the teeth, and the other for the actual dental bridge placement.
During your first appointment, we will prep the teeth on both sides of the gap where the false tooth will be inserted. The area will be numbed using a mild anesthetic for optimum comfort. Dr. Degel or Dr. Every-Degel will then sculpt down the surrounding teeth so that the new dental bridge can fit into place. An impression will be made so our dental laboratory can create your customized false tooth and crowns, which will slip over the natural teeth on either side of the gap. Our dentists will fasten a temporary dental bridge in the space in order to protect the teeth and gums.
During your next appointment at our Manhattan-area office, the temporary dental bridge will be taken out, and the new, permanent bridge will be put into position. We will make sure that the dental bridge fits comfortably and works well for your bite, before bonding it to your teeth.
The benefits of dental bridges include:
Traditional dental bridges, also the most common, consist of a crown covering the tooth on both sides of the gap where the tooth is missing. The false tooth is then fastened to the crowns and inserted into the gap. Either ceramic or porcelain fused to metal is used to create the traditional dental bridge.
Cantilever dental bridges are necessary when a patient has existing teeth on only one side of the gap. Crowns are attached to these teeth, and then connected to the new, false tooth.
Maryland bonded dental bridges involve a metal framework cemented to the back of the teeth surrounding the open space. Plastic teeth and gums are then connected to the metal. This dental bridge is the least expensive and the simplest.
If you are missing a tooth, and are interested in learning more about dental bridges, contact Astoria Dental Group, serving Manhattan and surrounding areas, to learn more. A staff member will respond to your query promptly.
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Astoria Dental Group
Clifford Degel, D.D.S.
Carmen Every-Degel, D.D.S.
Astoria, NY 11106 Phone: (866) 522-9328 Local Phone: (718) 278-1123 Fax: (718) 278-6048