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    Dental Bridges in Brooklyn, NY

    If you have one or multiple teeth missing, a dental bridge also called a tooth bridge, can cover the gap to improve your appearance. Dental bridge cost is more affordable than other restoration options such as implants. Dr. Khabensky, DDS, is one of 2018 America’s best dentists who provide the best quality dental bridges such as traditional porcelain fused and implant-supported options for your missing teeth.

    A bridge also called a “fixed bridges” or a “fixed dental prosthesis”, is similar to a partial denture. The key difference is that bridges are not removable. Bridges can be used to replace one or more missing teeth and extend across an area that has no natural teeth left.

    What Is a Dental Bridge?

    If you have a gap in your teeth, a dental bridge may be right for you. This gap may be due to injury, decay, or disease. A dental bridge uses the teeth adjacent to the gap for support. These teeth are substantially reshaped and are covered with dental crowns.

    The dental crowns are attached to the replacement tooth. If you have several side-by-side teeth missing, a dental bridge covers the gap. The bridge is permanently cemented onto the adjacent teeth (abutment), and the replacement tooth is shaped to look exactly like a real tooth, resting on the gums.

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    Dental Bridge Pictures

    Dental tooth bridges cover the gap from a partial tooth loss of one or more natural teeth. Two or more crowns on either side of the gap hold the bridge in place. If the abutment teeth are already decayed or stained and would benefit from being covered up with dental crowns.

    Instead of using crowns on the adjacent teeth, you can use implants. Placing a bridge on implants is ideal if the gap covers several teeth. Implants support abutment teeth for a fixed bridge.

    Dr. Khabensky, our cosmetic dentistry expert, uses this technique if the gap covers the entire side of your mouth. If your natural teeth aren’t strong enough to sustain a tooth bridge, implants may be used instead.

    Why Should I Get a Dental Bridge?

    A dental bridge restores your ability to eat and speak. The result is a natural and younger-looking appearance. A tooth bridge restores the lost tooth structure. It eliminates the unsightly and uncomfortable movement of your other tooth. Advantages of dental bridges provided by the top-rated dentists:

    • Restore your smile to its former, even, and symmetrical appearance
    • Maintain the youthful shape of your face and eliminate a gaunt aged appearance
    • Restore your ability to chew properly
    • Distribute the forces in your bite. This reduces extra wear and tear on your remaining teeth.
    • Prevent your remaining teeth from drifting out of position or loosening

    Various materials can be used for a dental bridge, including:

    • Gold
    • Alloys
    • Porcelain
    • Combination of these materials

    What Are the Different Types of Dental Bridges Available?

    Tooth bridge types come in different forms. The type you get depends on your individual needs, mouth requirements, concerns over the cost, and desired outcomes.

    The types of dental tooth bridges include:

    • Traditional: provides a crown for your natural adjacent teeth on either side of the gap. This is the most common kind of tooth bridge. It’s made of porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.
    • Cantilever: works best if you have one supporting side for the missing teeth. The cantilever bridge dental process isn’t common. We do not recommend cantilever bridges to our patients. Used in the back of your mouth, the force placed on your remaining teeth risks damage.
    • Maryland: are also called resin-bonded bridges. They consist of porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or plastic teeth. A metal porcelain framework supports the gums. A Maryland bridge is a cost-effective method. They’re bonded on just one side in the back of existing teeth.
    • Implant-supported: follow the same process as traditional ones. The only difference is that they use implants as abutment teeth. Regular bridges use crowns on your remaining natural teeth. You don’t have to consider dental bridge vs implant if both are part of the solution. Implant technology advancements have allowed this method to replace cantilever options. It provides stronger support if you have damage to your natural abutment tooth.

    What Is the Dental Bridge Procedure?

    The number of visits to our dental center depends on several factors. These include the number of teeth involved and the length of the bridge. The tooth bridge procedure steps include:

    • Your first visit incorporates the preparation of your abutment teeth. If you opt for crowns, your teeth are re-contoured. Re-contouring removes enamel to provide room for the crowns.
    • You and your family dentist may choose an implant-supported bridge. You can have the implants placed during this visit or the following visit.
    • Your dentist makes impressions of your teeth. Impressions serve as a model to make the tooth bridge, abutment teeth crowns, and fake teeth.
    • The dentist places a temporary bridge in the gap. This protects the exposed teeth and gums. You can use this temporary bridge until the lab makes the permanent bridge.
    • On your second visit, we remove the temporary bridge. Your dentist checks the new porcelain or metal bridge. He adjusts the new bridge as necessary for a proper fit.
    • Your dentist then permanently cements the fixed bridge in place.

    How Much Does a Dental Bridge Cost?

    It’s hard to give a dental bridge cost estimate. Insurance should help cover at least a portion of your costs. The total cost may vary depending on your needs. There are several ways to replace missing teeth. Tooth bridges represent the more affordable replacement option.

    How Long Does a Dental Bridge Last?

    With proper care, they will last from 5 to 15 years. In some cases they last longer. Aftercare includes normal good dental habits and regular checkups.

    The issue of dental bridges vs implants takes into account issues such as tooth bridge cost, abutment teeth health, durability, its durability, and aesthetics. Discuss everything with your cosmetic dentist.

    What’s the Difference Between Bridges and Partial Dentures, and Dental Implants?

    If you lose one or more teeth, it’s essential to replace them to protect your appearance as a gap can place additional strain on the remaining teeth, and the teeth begin to lean towards or shift into the empty space. The change in tooth position negatively affects how your upper and lower teeth bite together.

    What Are the Available Options to Replace Missing Teeth?

    The options available include:

    • Fixed dental bridges
    • Partial dentures
    • Dental implants

    The choices open to you may depend on the number of teeth missing, their location, and the condition of your remaining natural teeth. The easiest and most cost-effective way to restore missing teeth is with a partial denture.

    Partial Dentures

    A partial denture has a gum-colored acrylic base that sits directly on the gums and supports denture teeth. It is usually strengthened with a lightweight metal framework made from cobalt chrome. Often, there are clasps that fit around your existing natural teeth and which help hold the denture in place more securely. Sometimes these clasps are visible when you smile or talk.

    The advantage of having a partial denture is that the process to make and fit it is relatively non-invasive, and no surgery is needed. However, your dentist might need to adjust your natural teeth slightly to accommodate the clasps. If you are missing teeth in different areas of your mouth, a partial denture can be made to replace them all. Sometimes additional teeth can be added to the partial denture if you lose teeth in the future.

    However, while a cost-effective choice, a partial denture is far from perfect. Because it rests on the gums, it can create sore spots, and the pressure accelerates bone loss in your jawbone.

    The teeth fitted with clasps need to be strong, but the additional strain may damage them over time. It is a removable dental appliance, meaning you need to take it out to clean it regularly and leave it out overnight to give your gums a chance to recover. If you are looking for a fixed solution, you may want to investigate a dental bridge.

    Dental Implants

    Dental implants are the most modern way to replace missing teeth and are a tried and tested solution used for several decades.

    The implant consists of a small titanium alloy or ceramic post surgically inserted into the jawbone during a short procedure. The post is specially designed to integrate with the bone around it, encouraging new bone growth to become fused in place gradually.

    Once the implant is fused to the jawbone, it acts as a replacement tooth root, supporting a new implant crown. An implant dentist can also use dental implants to support a fixed implant bridge, where several missing teeth used to be side by side.

    The fixed bridge is cemented or screwed onto the dental implants and is only removable by a dentist. It can be a good option if the adjacent or abutment teeth aren’t strong enough to support a dental bridge or are missing entirely.

    Dental implants protect your jawbone

    There are several other advantages in choosing dental implants, and one of the most important is the protective effect on your jawbone.

    • Strength and quantity of jawbone. When you lose teeth, the bone that previously surrounded the natural tooth root gradually resorbs because it doesn’t receive any stimulation from the root anymore. Because a dental implant artificially replaces a tooth root, it provides this vital stimulation, ensuring new bone cells are renewed as they die off, maintaining the strength and quantity of jawbone.
    • No need to cut down or reshape the teeth for the crown. Dental implants are self-supporting, your implant dentist doesn’t need to cut down or reshape the adjacent teeth for supporting crowns. Instead, a dental implant helps to protect the health of these teeth by sharing the load created when you bite and chew food, preventing unwanted tooth movements.
    • Looks like a real tooth. A single dental implant can look amazing and is exactly like a real tooth because it emerges from your gums.
    • Easy to care. Dental implants are easy to care for and especially if you have a single implant. You can brush and floss it exactly like a real tooth. If you have an implant bridge, you will need to clean around the dental implants and underneath the pontic thoroughly.

    Do you have any questions about dental bridges in Brooklyn? Would you like more bridge dental work information? Need to schedule an appointment with the best-rated dentist Khabensky DDS of Family Cosmetic & Implants Dentistry? Please contact our dental clinic for a consultation.

    Page Updated on Feb 14, 2024 by Igor Khabensky, DDS (Dentist) of Family Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Brooklyn

    Family Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry of Brooklyn
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    Brooklyn, NY 11229
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