If you are missing one or more consecutive teeth, a dental bridge can fill the gap and restore the strength and appearance of your smile. A traditional bridge consists of one or more artificial teeth, also known as pontics, held in place by dental crowns. For qualifying patients, bridges can also be supported by dental implants. At All American Smile Dental Studios, Dr. Maurice Benjamin offers both traditional and implant-supported bridges to rebuild your smile after tooth loss. He can also place dental implants at our offices in Brooklyn and Manhattan, NY.
Benefits of a Dental Bridge
When left untreated, missing teeth can cause a range of cosmetic, functional, and oral health problems. By replacing lost teeth with a dental bridge, you can experience benefits such as:
- Improved bite
- Reduced risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease
- A more varied diet
- Stability and comfort
- Reduced risk of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder
A dental bridge also prevents remaining teeth from shifting and maintains your facial structure. Implant-supported bridges offer even more benefits by preventing tissue atrophy in your jawbone.
Our dental bridges are custom-crafted to look entirely natural.
Explore Your Candidacy
The majority of patients missing one to three consecutive teeth qualify for a bridge. If you have more substantial tooth loss, however, you may need a denture.
For patients missing one or more consecutive teeth, a dental bridge can restore lost form and function for a healthier, more attractive smile.
If you want to receive a traditional bridge, the teeth neighboring the gap in your smile must be structurally sound and healthy because they will provide the support for your bridge. For an implant-supported bridge, you must have adequate healthy jawbone tissue.
Issues such as gum disease must be resolved before receiving a bridge. Dr. Benjamin can evaluate your candidacy for a dental bridge during your initial consultation at our office.
Your Initial Consultation
Before recommending a traditional or implant-supported bridge, Dr. Benjamin will perform a comprehensive oral health evaluation to determine if a bridge is the right restorative treatment for you. We may also take x-rays to assess the health of your jaw and the supporting structures of your teeth. At this point, Dr. Benjamin can recommend the type of bridge best suited to your needs.
If you proceed with a traditional crown-supported bridge, Dr. Benjamin will first prepare the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile to place dental crowns. This process involves reshaping the teeth so the crowns fit your smile. Once your teeth are ready, we can take impressions to send to the dental lab, where technicians will begin fabricating your dental bridge. We may place a temporary restoration to protect your prepared teeth while you wait.
When the lab completes the bridge, Dr. Benjamin will bond it into place and make any necessary adjustments to ensure that you are satisfied with the results.
To receive an implant-supported bridge, you must first undergo dental implant placement. During this procedure, Dr. Benjamin will embed small titanium posts into your jawbone. Implants require three to six months of healing to allow the posts to fuse with surrounding bone tissue and create a stable base for your restoration.
Once your implants are healed, we can take impressions and fabricate a bridge. When the bridge is complete, Dr. Benjamin can attach it to the dental implants. While this process is longer and more expensive than receiving a traditional bridge, the benefits of dental implants are unmatched. Replacing teeth with an implant-supported restoration can protect your oral health for years to come.
Bridge the Gaps in Your Smile
For patients missing one or more consecutive teeth, a dental bridge can restore lost form and function for a healthier, more attractive smile. At All American Smile Dental Studios, we offer a range of restorative procedures to meet every patient's needs. For more information about dental bridges or the other tooth loss solutions we offer, contact our office online or call us in Manhattan at (212) 252-8893 or in Brooklyn at (718) 336-1109 today.