Gaps left by missing teeth can cause discomfort, problems chewing or speaking, and future dental complications. A dental bridge can alleviate these and other concerns while improving the shape of your face and the look of your smile. The experts at Charles M. Marks, DDS & Dental Associates in Midtown Manhattan, offer dental bridges that look natural and feel comfortable. Call the New York City office to schedule a consultation for a dental bridge, or book an appointment online today.
A dental bridge fixes the gap between teeth caused by a missing tooth. This device has anchors affixed to an artificial tooth, known as a crown. The device attaches to your remaining teeth like a bridge, holding the crowns in place so they look and function like natural teeth.
Various materials are used for dental bridges, including steel, gold alloy, porcelain, or resin. A bridge can replace a single tooth or several teeth. It can also attach to a dental implant.
Your dentist at Charles M. Marks, DDS & Dental Associates, may recommend a bridge to address a missing tooth or teeth that affect your ability to chew or speak. A bridge also prevents your remaining teeth from shifting into the gap, leading to serious dental issues. And a dental bridge can restore the shape of your cheeks and jaw and the appearance of your smile.
Installing a dental bridge requires at least two appointments. You might receive a temporary bridge to wear between these visits.
During the first appointment, your caring dentist at Charles M. Marks, DDS & Dental Associates, takes X-rays and makes a mold of your teeth to send to the lab that constructs your custom dental bridge.
Next, your dentist prepares your remaining teeth to hold the bridge. They may administer anesthesia to keep you comfortable while they use dental tools to roughen the surface of your teeth, so the dental adhesive forms a strong bond.
At the second appointment, your dentist checks the fit of your bridge and makes adjustments if needed. They use an adhesive glue to fix the device to your anchor teeth or attach it to the implant.
It can take a little time to adjust to a new bridge, but soon it feels as natural as it looks.
Your dentist can remove your bridge if needed. Modern bridges can last many years, but you can expect to have a bridge replacement at some point. Good oral hygiene and regular dental visits can extend the life of your bridge.
To learn more about dental bridges, schedule a consultation with a team member at Charles M. Marks, DDS & Dental Associates. Call the office today or book an appointment online.