If you are missing one or multiple teeth, an oral prosthetic like a bridge can help fill the gaps in your smile. At New Rock Dental in New Rochelle, New York, expert dentist Ovral Wynter, DDS, specializes in cosmetic restorations using crowns and bridges. Don’t let missing teeth negatively impact your confidence. To make an appointment, call the office or click the online booking tool today.
A dental bridge is a fixed appliance that “bridges” the gap caused by missing teeth. To hold your dental bridge in place, Dr. Wynter affixes it to the two permanent teeth on either side of the gap. If you’re missing more than one tooth or your missing tooth is surrounded by damaged teeth, Dr. Wynter might recommend first placing dental implants and then using the crowns on your implants to support the bridge.
If you’re missing one tooth or multiple teeth, it affects both your oral health and self-esteem. A dental bridge can:
Installing a dental bridge also prevents your remaining permanent teeth from moving from their correct position.
At Toothscaler Dental, Dr. Wynter offers four different types of dental bridges, including:
If you have two natural teeth on either side of a gap, Dr. Wynter will probably recommend a traditional dental bridge. A traditional dental bridge features a pontic (artificial tooth) and is held in place by cementing dental crowns to your abutment teeth.
Maryland dental bridges are very similar to traditional dental bridges. However, instead of using dental crowns to attach the bridge to your abutment teeth, a Maryland bridge features a framework of metal or porcelain that’s bonded to the back of your teeth.
If you only have one remaining tooth on the side of a gap, Dr. Wynter might recommend a cantilever bridge. Dr. Wynter attaches a cantilever bridge to just one abutment tooth, using a dental crown.
If you are missing multiple teeth, you might benefit from an implant-supported bridge. As the name implies, an implant-supported bridge relies on implants instead of crowns or a metal framework. Implant-supported bridges are the strongest and sturdiest, but they also require multiple procedures.
Getting a traditional dental bridge typically requires two separate visits. At your first appointment, Dr. Wynter takes impressions of your teeth and orders your bridge. He also prepares your teeth to support the bridge. Dr. Wynter administers a local anesthetic to numb your teeth and carefully files them down to receive a crown.
At your second appointment, Dr. Wynter places your bridge and permanently bonds it to your teeth. Dr. Wynter provides you with a list of recovery instructions and schedules a follow-up appointment for a week or two later. At your follow-up appointment, Dr. Wynter assesses how you’re adapting to your bridge and makes necessary adjustments.
If you’re missing one or multiple teeth, you may benefit from a dental bridge. Call the office or click to request an appointment at New Rock Dental today.