A Dental Bridge Can Restore a Healthy and Complete Smile
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, a dental bridge may be right 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 in Queens 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.
What to Expect
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.
Traditional bridges are supported by the teeth adjacent to the gap in your smile.
Your First Appointment
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.
Bridges can be placed in as little as two appointments.
Our dentists will fasten a temporary dental bridge in the space in order to protect the teeth and gums. Some patients may be candidates for implant-supported bridges that are attached to titanium posts and do not rely on the surrounding teeth for support.
Receiving Your Permanent Bridge
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:
- Correct bite or speech problems
- Minimize chances of tooth decay, periodontal disease and bone loss
- Strengthen ability to chew food
- Blocks tooth movement and helps prevent TMJ disorder
- Provide enhanced comfort
- Allow for improved self-confidence due to changed appearance
- Offer more support to facial structure
- Long-lasting solution - more than 10 years with the proper care and maintenance
Types of Bridges
We offer various bridges to meet our patients' unique needs:
- Traditional dental Bridge: Consists 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 Bridge: 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 Bridge: Involves 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.
Contact Us to Learn More
If you are missing a tooth, and are interested in learning more about dental bridges, contact Astoria Dental Group online or call (718) 278-1123 to learn more. A staff member will respond to your query promptly.