Ashu Sachdev
Cosmetic and General Dentistry

Creating Beautiful Lasting Smiles

Address: 511 Hempstead Ave, West Hempstead, NY 11552
516-485-9675

 

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Dental Bridge

A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. Dental bridges are a fixed solution for replacing a missing tooth or teeth - unlike dentures, they cannot be removed.


An artificial tooth is held in the open space at the gum line by attaching it to teeth on either side of the missing tooth. If several teeth are missing, artificial teeth are strung together and attached to adjacent real teeth or implants. As one would expect, the supporting real teeth need to be of good health, or else the entire bridge will collapse. If done properly, bridges are capable of with-standing normal daily stresses and being made of porcelain makes them indistinguishable from real teeth.

Why is Bridge Needed?

Bridge is needed to replace missing teeth. Bridges can help:

  • Maintain the shape of your face and restore your smile

  • Restore your ability to properly chew and speak

  • Distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth

It is important that a missing tooth be replaced as soon as possible for several reasons. If not treated:

  • The teeth surrounding the gap begin to shift inward, creating a whole chain reaction of bad things. Teeth use their neighbors for support, and, with one missing, they start to "fall." As this worsens, the bite changes in response to the pressure. This can eventually result in problems with the entire jaw, e.g. TMJ. The surrounding teeth deteriorate and it is just a matter of time before they, too, are lost.

  • Gum disease becomes a serious problem, with the difficulty of treatment increasing as the neglect continues.

What Types of Bridge Are Available?

There are different types of Bridge:

  • Traditional Bridge: This type of dental bridge work consists of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap, with a false tooth in between. Traditional bridges are the most commonly used type of dental bridge and are made of ceramic or porcelain fused to metal (PFM).

  • Cantilever Bridge: They are used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth. Two crowns fused to the replacement tooth are used to fix the bridge to the adjacent natural teeth

  • Implant-supported Bridge: An implant-supported bridge is similar to a regular dental bridge, but it is supported by implants and not by natural teeth. If there are no surrounding teeth to support the crowns, dental implants can be used to fix the bridge in place.

While a traditional bridge looks good and improves oral function, it does not have the full benefits of dental implants. For instance:

  • To place a bridge, healthy teeth must be altered

  • This can pose a risk to the attachment teeth

  • A bridge does not stop bone loss

  • A bridge may last only five to ten years

  • Some bridges contain metal, thus detracting from your natural smile

What is involved in designing and placing the Bridge?

It takes minimum of 2-3 appointments for a denture. We will begin your dental bridge work by filing down the adjacent teeth to accommodate the crowns. Then, we will take impressions of the teeth, which will be used to create the dental crowns. Once the crowns are finished (crowns can be all-ceramic or made of metal or porcelain fused to metal), the false tooth (or teeth) will be bonded to them. When the dental bridge is ready, a return visit to our office will be necessary to place it on the teeth. During your final visit, we will securely cement the crowns over the surrounding teeth to complete your smile with the dental bridge.

Does a Bridge Require Special Care?

It is important to take proper care of your dental bridge to extend its life and maintain the health of your gums and natural teeth. Daily brushing and flossing, in addition to regularly scheduled dental exams, will keep your dental bridge and oral health in top condition.
If your dental bridge is in need of repair, it is recommended that you visit our office as soon as possible to fix the problem. Delaying repairs may negatively affect your bite, cause gingival discomfort or infection, or create other serious dental health issues requiring additional treatment


 

 

 

 

  • The information contained herein is intended for educational purposes only.  It is not intended and should not be construed as the delivery of dental/medical care and is not a substitute for personal hands on dental/medical attention, diagnosis or treatment.