Dental Bridges & Implant Restoration in East Village, NYC
It’s not uncommon to lose one or more teeth in a lifetime. When this happens, a porcelain dental bridge is an ideal solution for restoring one’s ability to eat and chew. The highly trained dentists at East Village Dental Arts have extensive experience fitting patients for dental bridges and implants. Call (212) 979-6300 to request an appointment at our dental office in the East Village today!
What is a Dental Bridge?
Also known as a fixed partial denture, a dental bridge is a fixed, or non-removable, durable restoration typically performed when you are missing a tooth or several teeth in a row. Dental bridges replace missing teeth with artificial teeth and “bridges” the gap where one or more teeth used to be.
Not only will a dental bridge replace your teeth and restore your smile but it also can help keep your remaining teeth in their correct position so that you can maintain your tooth alignment and a proper bite.
What Does a Dental Bridge Do?
Porcelain dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth and are considered one of the most durable, conservative and cost-effective option for bridging the gap between a missing tooth and surrounding teeth.
Some of the benefits of dental bridges include:
- they can help prevent surrounding teeth from drifting out of position
- improve chewing and speaking
- help keep your natural face shape intact
Dental bridges typically take 2-3 weeks to complete and are less invasive than other options, such as dental implants. With good oral hygiene and regular dental visits, dental bridges can last up to 30 years.
What to expect during dental bridgework
It usually takes two dental visits to complete a dental bridge.
During your first visit, your dentist will inject a local anesthetic is injected to make you comfortable. He or she will then prepare the neighboring teeth by removing part of the enamel to recontour these teeth to allow room for the crown. Next, a dental impression of the teeth is made to use as a model to make your crowns, pontic and bridge. To protect your exposed gums and teeth while your bridge is under construction, your dentist will make a temporary bridge.
During your second visit, your dentist will remove the temporary bridge and adjust the new metal or porcelain bridge to ensure a proper fit. You may require multiple visits, so the dentist can check how the metal framework and bite fit. If you have a fixed bridge, your dentist might cement it temporarily in place for a couple of weeks to ensure it fits properly and then permanently cement the bridge.
How long will a dental bridge last?
With proper care, the average lifespan of a bridge is typically 10 years.
Schedule an Appointment and Restore Your Smile.
If you are interested in learning more about porcelain dental bridges or are in need of tooth restoration, please call East Village Dental Arts at (212) 979-6300 for more information. Our dental experts are dedicated to providing the highest quality care to patients throughout NYC.