Allen & Schwarz Dental
Prosthodontists & General and Cosmetic Dentistry located on Central Park South, Manhattan, NY
Dental bridges are an excellent option for you to replace missing teeth. The team of dentists at Allen and Schwarz Dental in Central Park South, New York, can restore your smile by using a porcelain fixed bridge to fill in your missing teeth gap. A bridge will improve your self-confidence along with helping you speak and chew properly. For specific questions about a dental bridge, call the office or schedule your appointment online.
Bridges Q & A
What are dental bridges?
A dental bridge is a great way to replace one or more consecutive missing teeth. The dental team uses the highest quality porcelain because they resemble your natural teeth.
A bridge consists of two crowns — called abutments — that are on the ends of your bridge and anchor onto your natural teeth. In between the crowns are your artificial teeth, known as pontics.
There are multiple benefits to having a dental bridge, such as:
- Helping you chew and speak better
- Filling in missing teeth gaps
- Helping maintain your facial shape
- Restoring your self-confidence
- Adding force to your bite
If you don’t fill the gap in your mouth, your surrounding teeth begin to gradually shift, which could leave you with a misaligned bite. The biggest problem with an incorrect bite is that it can cause temporomandibular joint disorder, leading to pain when you chew, eat, or yawn.
The best way to determine if a dental bridge is right for you is to schedule a consultation with the dentists and staff at Allen and Schwarz Dental.
What’s the process of getting a dental bridge?
Prior to beginning your procedure, your dentist injects a local anesthetic at the procedure site to ensure you have a pain-free experience.
Afterward, your dentist reshapes your two abutment teeth to make room for the crowns that hold your false teeth in place. Your dentist then takes an impression of your teeth and sends it to the laboratory to make your bridge. In the meantime, you’ll have a temporary bridge.
During your second visit, your dentist removes your temporary bridge and places your permanent bridge in your mouth, making sure it fits properly and is aesthetically pleasing.
How do I care for my dental bridge?
You should care for your bridge the same way you would your natural teeth — by having proper dental hygiene habits such as brushing twice daily while flossing and using mouthwash at least once a day. In addition, you should visit the dentist at least twice a year for a thorough examination. During this time, your dentist can make sure your bridge isn’t damaged.
If you’re looking for a durable and long-term way to replace the gaps in your smile, call Allen and Schwarz Dental today or book your appointment online.