Bridges

Bar and Smith Dental

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Upper East Side, New York, NY

If you’re missing a tooth or a few adjacent teeth, you may benefit from a dental appliance to bridge the gap. At Bar and Smith Dental, in the Upper East Side of New York City, Isaac Bar, DMD, and Tyler Smith, DMD, offer dental bridges to replace missing teeth and give you a healthy, natural looking smile. Call Bar and Smith Dental or make an appointment online today to find out if a bridge is the best option for you.

Bridges Q & A

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a custom-made dental appliance that closes the gap created by missing teeth. Bridges usually include one or more prosthetic teeth that are either anchored in place with wires that wrap around the teeth on either side of your gap or with dental crowns. You can choose from several types of bridges, including traditional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges, and implant-supported bridges.

Dental bridges are a relatively inexpensive and noninvasive option to restore your smile if you are missing adult teeth. The artificial teeth, also referred to as pontics, are usually made of porcelain, which provides a natural appearance.

What are the benefits of a dental bridge?

In addition to replacing your teeth and restoring your smile, a dental bridge provides several benefits, including:

  • Helping you speak clearly
  • Restoring your ability to chew and eat
  • Maintaining your facial shape
  • Preventing your remaining teeth from drifting into the available space

If you’re missing a tooth or teeth, the Bar and Smith Dental team can help you decide whether a dental bridge is the best option for you.

What is the process of getting a dental bridge?

In most cases, the dentists at Bar and Smith Dental install bridges in two visits.

During your first appointment, your dentist prepares the abutment teeth on either side of your gap for the crowns or wires that will anchor your bridge. Your dentist also takes impressions of your gap and the surrounding teeth.

They send this information to a dental lab where technicians custom make your bridge to fit your mouth precisely. They provide a temporary bridge or crowns to protect your abutment teeth while you wait for your permanent bridge.

At your second appointment, your dentist fits the permanent bridge and checks your alignment and bite before bonding either the crowns or wires onto your abutment teeth. You have a few follow-up visits so your dentist can check your bite and make sure you’re getting used to your bridge without problems.

Call Bar and Smith Dental today or schedule a consultation online to learn more about your options for replacing missing teeth and if a dental bridge is the right choice for you.