Dental Bridges New York
A Traditional Tooth Replacement Option
Missing teeth are a damaging issue both aesthetically and practically. The gap left in your mouth is unappealing and can lead to chronic pain, jawbone morphing, and even infection. Losing teeth may also affect how you eat, drink, talk, and live your everyday life.
Dental bridges in New York are one of the easiest ways to fix the problems presented by missing teeth. Dental bridges “bridge” the gap where the tooth once was, restoring your shining smile and oral functionality. For dental bridges in Gramercy Park, NYC, and the surrounding neighborhoods, call Lux Smiles at (212) 777-7126.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges work by holding a replacement tooth in the gap created by your missing tooth or teeth. On either side of the false tooth, dental crowns on top of your adjacent teeth support the bridge and hold the artificial replacement tooth in place. The result is a strong system that allows you to live as if you never lost a tooth.
Dental bridges provide several other benefits that make them a desirable option for filling a missing tooth gap, including the following:
- Restoration of a firm bite and facial structure
- The ability to speak clearly
- A fixed appliance that doesn’t require nightly removal
- An aesthetically pleasing and natural-looking smile
Different Types of Dental Bridges
Dental Implant Support
If you have a gap where more than one tooth is missing, our Lux Smiles dentists may utilize dental implants. With this method, dental crowns are attached to the dental implants rather than your natural teeth to provide extra support for the dental bridge.
While placing dental implants to stabilize the dental bridge results in a robust system, the duration of surgery is a downside. Since dentists must surgically place the implants, you won’t have the final dental bridge for at least five months. If you have severe pain and require a more immediate solution, this may not be your best option.
Unlike typical dental bridges, Cantilever bridges connect to a single crown. Our dentists often use these bridges when patients only have adjacent natural teeth on one side of the missing tooth. The dome attaches to the natural teeth, and the dental bridge extends horizontally to fill the gap with a prosthetic tooth.
Maryland bridges are a unique type of bridge as they don’t utilize any dental crowns. Instead, the replacement tooth has extensions that attach to the back of the teeth and hold the tooth in place. As crowns aren’t placed on the natural teeth, Maryland bridges eliminate the need to file healthy tooth enamel.