We use dental bridges to replace one or more missing teeth. To be eligible for a bridge you need healthy, natural teeth to support the device that holds the bridge. You can rest assured that at Thiells Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS, our staff has the experience to perform this cosmetic procedure and restore your beautiful smile.
What are Dental Bridges?
When you have a gap in your mouth because of missing teeth, it’s not only a problem aesthetically, but it can create issues with your bite and the health of the rest of your teeth. Adjacent teeth can become weak and eventually loosen and fall out. Additionally, the opposing teeth don’t get the stimulation they need during biting. The teeth in your mouth work together, and when you are missing some of them, it’s a problem for your oral health in general.
Dental bridges are made of two or more crowns called abutment teeth, which hold the bridge in place. The false tooth or teeth in between the gap, called the pontics, are placed on a base that matches the color of your gums and can be made of porcelain, alloys, or gold.
Steps to Getting Dental Bridges
Getting dental bridges requires at least two visits. On your first visit, we will prepare the abutment teeth by shaving some of the enamel and readying them for the crowns. We will also take an impression of your teeth and use it as a model so that the lab can create the crowns, bridge, and pontics.
We will send you home with a temporary bridge to protect the natural teeth that will anchor it.
Once the device is ready, you will come in for a second time so that we can place the permanent bridge in your mouth. First, we will remove the temporary bridge and replace it with the porcelain or metal permanent bridge. It will get fitted for comfort and bite, but you may need additional visits until we find the perfect fit.
Most bridges are removable, but when placing a permanent bridge, we may use temporary cement and let you get used to the new device. After we are finished making the adjustments, and you feel comfortable, we will bond the permanent bridge in.
How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?
Caring for dental bridges is just like taking care of the rest of your natural teeth. If you brush twice a day, floss daily, and keep your routine cleaning appointments, your dental bridges should last for up to 15 years.
Depending on the materials used to build the bridges, you should avoid chewing on hard foods to prevent cracks or chips and keep the natural teeth supporting the bridge healthy by following the basic oral hygiene guidelines.
Dental bridges are an excellent option for patients who have one or more missing teeth. It’s important to replace those teeth, not only for cosmetic reasons but to maintain the strength of your jawbone and other natural teeth. When some teeth are missing, your bite will change and remaining natural teeth will begin to shift. Don’t wait to call Thiells Dentist - Michael Bleyzer, DDS at (845) 429-8060 to replace that missing tooth.
Michael Bleyzer, DDS
14 Thiells Mt. Ivy Road
Pomona, NY 10970-3038
Right off of Exit 13 Palisades Parkway
Additional hours may be available by appointment
Serving entire Rockland County New York: Pomona, Suffern, Valley Cottage, New City, Congers, North Rockland Towns of Thiells, Stony Point, Garnerville, Haverstraw and West Haverstraw, and Tomkins Cove.