If you’re missing teeth, you might feel sensitive about the way it makes your face look. Missing teeth can also make it difficult to chew or speak. The accomplished dental group at Cosmetic Dentistry Center in the Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn, New York, can help with dental bridges that look natural and feel comfortable. If you’re concerned about missing teeth, call the office to schedule a consultation, or book an appointment online.
A dental bridge fills the gap in your mouth where your teeth should be. It’s called a bridge because it uses anchors that are fixed to the remaining teeth on each side of the gap to secure artificial teeth, or crowns, permanently in place. You can bite down and chew with a bridge just as you could with your original teeth.
If you’re missing teeth, you may notice that your face looks sunken in places, and the gaps might make you feel self-conscious about your smile.
Missing teeth can cause problems over time because your remaining teeth begin to shift into the gap. And it’s possible to injure your teeth, gums, or jaw because your teeth don’t align properly when you bite down or chew.
A bridge can restore the shape of your face and the look of your smile, prevent remaining teeth from moving, and ensure your bite is aligned. A bridge makes it possible for you to eat and speak normally, without the risk of injury.
Cosmetic Dentistry Center offers a variety of options for bridges, including:
Metal bridges are strong and durable, but they don’t match your tooth enamel, so they're usually reserved for bridgework in the back of the mouth.
Porcelain fused to metal bridges have a metal base, covered by a porcelain shell, which can be closely matched to the color of your tooth enamel.
All-ceramic bridges are often made of zirconia, an extra-strong dental ceramic. These look more like natural teeth than any other type of bridge.
Your dentist at Cosmetic Dentistry Center installs your bridge over two visits. At the first visit, your dentist prepares your anchor teeth to receive your bridge and makes a mold of your teeth. The lab uses this mold to construct your bridge.
You’ll go home with a temporary bridge after your first appointment. When you return, your dentist installs your permanent bridge, makes sure it feels comfortable in your mouth, and secures it in place with a dental adhesive.
If you’re interested in learning more about dental bridges at Cosmetic Dentistry Center, call the office today, or schedule an appointment online.