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Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges –  Remove the gaps and restore your beautiful smile!

If you are missing one tooth or multiple teeth in a row, we may recommend a dental bridge to restore your smile. A bridge is a fixed dental restoration, meaning it is non-removable. The dental bridge is anchored in place through the use of two dental crowns, which are custom made to fit your smile and are placed on the teeth or dental implants next to the space left by the missing tooth. These crowns hold the artificial tooth in place to restore your smile, ensuring that your restoration will not easily shift or come loose. It typically requires only two visits to our practice to complete the dental bridge. Dental bridges are designed to last for many years and to restore the function, beauty, and health of your smile.

A bridge for the teeth on either side of the gap consists of two or more crowns, these two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth and has a false tooth / false teeth in between. These false teeth are referred to as pontics and can be made of gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of them. Natural teeth or implants support dental bridges.

We may recommend a dental bridge to improve your smile by:

  • Restoring your ability to speak, eat, and chew as normal
  • Alleviating excess stress on the bite
  • Improving the shape and volume of your face
  • Replacing an unwanted removable partial denture
  • Preventing the remaining natural teeth from moving out of position
  • Enhancing the appearance of your smile

What are the benefits?

Bridges can restore your smile, restore the ability to chew and speak properly, maintain your face shape, properly distribute the forces in your bite by replacing missing teeth and prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position

What type of dental bridge will suit me best?

Traditional bridges
create a tooth crown or implant on either side of the missing tooth with a pontic between them. Traditional bridges are by far the most popular bridge type and are made of either metal or ceramic fused porcelain.
Cantilever bridges
are used when only one side of the missing tooth or teeth has adjacent teeth. This is not longer very common and is not recommended in the back of the mouth where it can put too much force on and damage other teeth.
Maryland bonded bridges
These bridges are made of metal fused porcelain or plastic teeth and gums that are supported by a metal or porcelain frame. Metal or porcelain wings are often attached to your existing teeth on just one side of the bridge.

What is the procedure for dental bridges?

The abutment teeth will be prepared during the first visit to get a dental bridge. Preparation involves recontouring these teeth by removing a portion of enamel so that room can be placed over them for a crown. Next, teeth impressions are made that serve as a model from which a dental laboratory will make the bridge, pontic, and crowns. We will make a temporary bridge to wear while the bridge is being made to protect the exposed teeth and gums.

Your temporary bridge will be removed during the second visit and the new porcelain or metal bridge will be checked and adjusted for proper fit if necessary. To check the fit of the metal frame and bite, multiple visits may be required. That depends on the case of each individual. If the dental bridge is a fixed bridge, we may temporarily cement it to fit properly for a few weeks. The bridge is cemented into place after a few weeks.

Post operation procedure.

After the final cementation of your restoration, it may take a few days to get used to the new crown or bridge. If your bite feels unbalanced, please be sure to call our office for an appointment for a simple adjustment.

How much does it cost?
Dental bridge costs vary depending on the type of bridge. Depending on the individual dental plan, dental insurance will typically pay a percentage of the fee.
How long do dental brides last?
Dental bridges can last for five to fifteen years or longer. It is not unusual for a fixed bridge’s life span to be over 10 years with good oral hygiene and regular checkups.

Will I be able to eat normally with a dental bridge?
Yes!  It should actually make eating easier to replace missing teeth with a dental bridge. Eat soft foods that have been cut into small pieces until you get used to the bridge.
Will I be able to talk properly with dental bridges?
When teeth are missing, it can be hard to speak clearly. In their proper relationship, wearing a dental bridge with the anterior teeth will help you speak properly.
How do I take care of my bridge?
It is important to keep the remaining teeth healthy and strong as the bridge’s success depends on the solid foundation offered by the surrounding teeth (depending on the type selected). Brushing and flossing twice a day and using daily antiseptic mouthwash help prevent tooth decay and gum disease that may result in tooth loss.

We will show you how to brush and floss your teeth properly. Maintaining a regular schedule of cleaning will help to diagnose problems early when treatment has a better prognosis. It is also important to choose a balanced diet for proper nutrition, what you eat affects your dental health.

Please contact us today to schedule your next dental appointment to see if a dental bridge in Freehold, NJ is right for you. Drs. Louis and Barry Sandor look forward to welcoming you to our office!