If you have missing teeth and it’s affecting your confidence, you don’t have to live with it. Dr. Lawrence Wang and his medical team at Madison Square Dentistry, located in the New York City borough of Manhattan, restore missing teeth with dental bridges to perfect your smile and boost confidence. Call Dr. Wang’s office to learn more, or book an appointment online.
A dental bridge restores your smile by replacing missing teeth with artificial teeth to, as the name implies, bridge the gap. They are attached to surrounding teeth and are often placed permanently into your mouth. Benefits of bridges include:
Several types of dental bridges are available. Dr. Wang works with you to determine which bridge is the best match for your needs.
Cantilever bridges are used if you have only one natural tooth next to a gap, as these bridges are supported on one side only.
Traditional bridges consist of one or more artificial teeth, held in place by crowns. These bridges are secured in place on both sides by your natural teeth, and can even replace molars!
Implant-supported bridges are used when you have several missing teeth. These bridges are supported by dental implants (fake teeth), that hold the bridge in place.
Removable bridges aren’t permanent, so you can take them out and put them back in as needed. Dr. Wang helps determine if a removable bridge best fits your needs.
As with crowns, getting a bridge is a two-step process. During your first visit, Dr. Wang prepares your teeth for the crown and takes impressions of your teeth. He then places a temporary bridge in your mouth while your permanent bridge is being made.
During your second visit, Dr. Wang removes the temporary bridge and places a new permanent bridge.
As long as you properly care for your teeth, dental bridges can last 10-15 years, or perhaps longer! Brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and using an antibacterial mouthwash reduce further tooth decay, gum disease, and tooth loss.
Dr. Wang and his team help determine if a dental bridge can “bridge the gap” caused by loose or missing teeth. When you’re ready to restore your smile and confidence, call Madison Square Dentistry to learn more or book an appointment online.