Dental Bridges Rockland County, NY

Tooth loss is one of the most common dental concerns amongst older patients. When you lose a tooth or multiple teeth, it is important to replace them as soon as possible. A custom-designed dental bridge can help restore one or several consecutive missing teeth. This tooth replacement solution is designed to fill the “gap” between missing teeth.

At Cosmetic Dentistry Associates, we offer custom-designed dental bridges for patients with missing teeth. We offer a full range of tooth replacement solutions in our comfortable Pomona, NY, dentist office. Dr. Peter Auster and Dr. Frances Tang offer high-quality dentistry for patients who are seeking a solution for lost teeth.

Dr. Tang has undergone advanced training in full-mouth rehabilitation with implant dentistry. If you are seeking a more complete solution for your missing teeth, we may recommend an implant-secured dental bridge. Visit our Pomona dentist office to explore your restorative dentistry solutions.

What is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a dental prosthesis that bridges the gap created by missing teeth. It is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth, called anchor teeth, on both ends of the gap and a false tooth or teeth, called pontics, in between them. Dentists anchor the bridge into place, providing a sturdy and reliable solution for missing teeth.

Types of Dental Bridges

  • Traditional bridges are the common type dentists use. It is made up crowns located on both ends with a pontic in the middle.
  • Cantilever bridges are less common. Dentists use them when there are anchor teeth available on only one side of the gap.
  • Maryland-bonded bridges consist of a metal or porcelain framework bonded onto the backs of adjacent teeth.
  • Implant-supported bridges use dental implants to secure the bridge instead of natural teeth. It involves surgically placing at least two dental implants on both ends of the gap.

Benefits of An Implant Secured Dental Bridge

If you are missing several teeth, an implant secured dental bridge can replace them all.  An implant-supported dental bridge consists of strategically placed dental implants, abutments, and several dental crowns designed to form a bridge.

During your consultation, our team will evaluate your smile and determine if a traditional dental bridge or an implant-supported dental bridge is right for you.

  • It relies on dental implants for support instead of your adjacent teeth
  • A dental implant can replace the natural tooth root
  • Dental implants can help stimulate your jaw bone and keep it healthy and functional
  • They offer improved function and comfort
  • Can save you time and money in the long run
  • Offers a more stable and permanent solution for missing teeth

The Dental Bridge Process

The process in which a dental bridge is placed will depend on whether or not it is secured using your adjacent teeth or dental implants.

If dental implants are used, we can perform all aspects of your implant process in our Pomona dentist office. To increase patient satisfaction and eliminate the margin for error, we have adopted guided implant surgery. This allows us to precisely place implants in a safe, efficient, and predictable manner.

Once we place the designated implants, they will need about 3-6 months to fully fuse with your jaw bone. During the healing phases, we will place a temporary bridge to restore function and beauty to your smile. Once the implants have fused and the surrounding tissue has healed, we will take impressions of your teeth and mouth for the use of your custom dental bridge.

If your natural teeth are used to support your dental bridge, we will need to prepare the teeth and take impressions to create your custom dental crowns.

In either case, we will place your dental bridge during your final appointment. We will review any aftercare instruction to ensure you are getting the most out of your new restoration.

During your visits to our office, our team is committed to providing exceptional dental care. We take the time to ensure you understand all aspects of your treatment. Your satisfaction and comfort are important to our team, we offer a range of relaxing amenities as well as dental sedation ensure you are relaxed throughout your care.

Dental Bridge FAQs

Are you considering getting a dental bridge but have some questions? They are a popular solution for replacing missing teeth, but people often have a number of concerns about the process and aftercare. Read through our frequently asked questions about bridges and contact us if you have additional concerns.

Is each dental bridge custom-made?

Yes! To ensure a comfortable and accurate fit, we fabricate each of our prosthetics to fit your mouth precisely. The process involves preparing the teeth on each side of the gap and taking detailed impressions.

How many teeth can a dental bridge replace in a row?

We can use dental bridges to address a single lost tooth or replace up to three in a row. A traditional bridge consists of the replacement teeth, or pontics, with dental crowns on either end. The crowns are placed onto the prepared teeth, anchoring the pontics firmly in place.

Can a dental bridge be supported with dental implants?

Yes. While traditional bridges are held in place with crowns, we can also support a prosthetic with dental implants. The prosthetic will last longer, surrounding teeth won’t need to lose structure to make room for crowns, and the implants will stimulate jawbone tissue, preventing changes to the jawbone’s shape.

Can ignoring tooth loss lead to other oral health concerns?

Yes. If you ignore tooth loss, then misalignment can form, putting pressure on the jaw joints and making TMJ disorder and bruxism more likely. In addition, you can have trouble eating a variety of foods, and you may be embarrassed about your appearance, which can impact your quality of life.

How long will my dental bridge last?

The average dental bridge lasts between five to fifteen years. You can make it last even longer if you maintain perfect oral hygiene and visit your dentist on a regular basis. Other factors can affect a dental bridge’s lifespan, including the surrounding teeth’ health and your daily habits. While they are durable, a bridge is not invincible. They can break from trauma or chip from chewing on too hard objects. To make yours last as long as possible, listen to your dentist’s advise on caring for a bridge.

Is it painful to get a dental bridge?

Most people report little discomfort during the procedure. Your dentist will numb the area around the tooth to make sure you are comfortable. After that wears off, you may feel some sensitivity and soreness. This is normal and should resolve in a few days.

Does dental insurance cover dental bridges?

Most insurance plans cover them; however, the extent of the coverage will vary. Each plan will vary significantly from patient to patient. You should review your specific plan with your insurance provider so you will know how much you are expected to pay out-of-pocket for your treatment.

How do I take care of my dental bridge?

It is actually easy to take care of a bridge because it is similar to caring for your natural teeth. Regular brushing, flossing, and mouthwash can help keep your bridge clean and free from plaque. Flossing under the bridge is vital to remove any trapped food particles and prevent gum disease.

You should also avoid chewing on anything hard. This includes food, ice, and objects such as pen caps. These things can easily damage your bridge, and we must replace it. Regular dental check-ups will ensure your dental bridge is working the way it should.

Schedule a Consultation for a Dental Bridge in Rockland County, NY

Learn more about dental bridges at Cosmetic Dentistry Associates. We offer full-service dental implants and a full range of tooth replacement options that can be tailored to meet your needs. If you would like to explore your options, call (845) 241-0656 or request an appointment online.