As a top provider of restorative and cosmetic dentistry services in Manhattan and throughout the New York City metro region, Dr. Lipschutz helps patients replace missing teeth with state-of-the-art dental bridges aimed at restoring functionality and improving self-confidence.
What are dental bridges?
Bridges are metal and porcelain devices that are used to replace one or more missing teeth so your smile looks great and your mouth continues to function optimally, even after a tooth is lost or extracted. The bridge includes a strong metal framework that supports one or more porcelain crowns, artificial teeth designed to look just like your own natural teeth. The bridge attaches to the teeth on either side of the gap, making it a more comfortable solution to partial dentures. They can be attached permanently using adhesives or they may be removable and attached to neighboring teeth using clips.
What does the bridge fitting process entail?
Bridges usually require two or three visits to complete. At the initial visit, the teeth on either side of the gap left by the missing tooth or teeth will be prepared for crowns. This process involves removing a small portion of the tooth surface to enable the crown to fit properly. Crowns are needed to protect the teeth that are used to support the bridge. During the same visit, an impression or mold will be made of your teeth and sent to a lab where both the bridge and your crowns will be made. You may be fitted with temporary crowns to protect your teeth while the crowns and bridge are being fabricated. At the second appointment, the crowns will be cemented in place and the bridge will be attached and checked to ensure a good fit.
Are bridges difficult to care for?
Bridges must be cared for with regular brushing and flossing to prevent the buildup of plaque and bacteria around the neighboring teeth and beneath the bridge. Keeping the neighboring teeth and surrounding gums as healthy as possible is critical for maintaining the teeth that support the bridge.