About Dental Bridges
Losing a tooth that cannot be crowned on its own may leave you with few options for restoration. New York, NY, general and cosmetic dentist, Dr. Andrew Reingold, offers several solutions to this dental problem with dental bridges. A patient my need a bridge, a restoration that fills in a gap with a false tooth that is supported by attached crowns that go over the teeth next to it. There are three different types of dental bridges: traditional, cantilever, and Maryland.
During a private consultation at our Everlasting Smile office in NYC, Dr. Reingold can discuss which type of bridge would be appropriate for your needs. Having a bridge restoration is not a same-days service and follow-up appointments will need to be made. We would be happy to discuss all of your options, including if this treatment is right for your case or if a dental implant may be a better option. Call today and schedule your appointment to restore your smile and replace those missing teeth.
Types of Dental Bridges
Our traditional dental bridge will cover three teeth. The restoration (or false tooth) is in the middle, and the entire bridge will be attached to the surrounding teeth for support. This is the most common type of bridge we use at our dental practice.
Our cantilever bridges will cover two teeth as the bridge surrounds the restored tooth on one side and is attached to a dental crown.
Our Maryland bridges are more extensive as they support your restored tooth with wings or a framework bonded to the natural teeth.
What to Expect
To prepare the teeth for the bridge, the dentist will file down the abutment teeth to create enough room for the crown. Once the teeth are prepared, the dentist will take digital X-rays and impressions that will be sent to a dental laboratory where the permanent bridge is created. The dentist will cover the patient's teeth with temporary crowns for protection until the permanent bridge is ready. Once the bridge is created, the dentist will attach the bridge and adjust the fit for ideal comfort and appearance.
With proper home came and regular visits to the dentist for professional cleanings and dental exams, dental bridges usually last 5 – 15 years or longer. A good home oral care routine includes proper brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once a day. During future dental exams, the dentist will check the condition of your bridge and let you know when it is time for a replacement.
If you have dental insurance, some or most of the cost of your dental bridge may be covered depending on your carrier and specific coverage. Our office will coordinate with your insurance to minimize your personal cost. We also accept many payment options and offer financing for our dental procedures.
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Smile Without Gaps
Large spaces between teeth and missing teeth can stop you from having your best smile, so talk to Dr. Andrew Reingold at Everlasting Smile about a dental bridge to fill in gaps. In addition to improving the appearance of your smile, your dental bridge can restore the health and strength of your teeth.