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Dental Bridges In Chappaqua, Westchester NY

Dental bridges are one of several solutions we offer for missing teeth.
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Here at Chappaqua Dentistry, we want our patients to have a healthy and beautiful smile that they are proud to show off. With our dental bridges procedures, we can restore damaged teeth or replace a lost tooth. We know that accidents can happen and that periodontal disease can result in tooth loss – that’s why we offer a solution that will ensure that your oral hygiene is maintained.

A dental bridge closes the gap between the teeth, and there are four main types of bridges available:

  • Traditional Dental Bridges – the most common type of dental bridge available, traditional bridges are made from either ceramic or porcelain that has been fused to metal. The filler tooth will be attached to adjacent dental crowns.
  • Maryland Bonded Dental Bridges – crafted from porcelain fused to metal, this type of dental bridge is attached to the adjacent, supporting teeth on each side of the gap. With wings on either side of the pontics (false teeth), they are bonded to the backs of the teeth.
  • Cantilever Dental Bridges – perhaps the least common type of bridge available, these are designed for when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of missing teeth. With these types of bridges, the pontic is usually located outside the existing teeth.
  • Bridges that are supported by dental implants – as the name would suggest, these types of dental bridges are supported by dental implants instead of teeth. This has the additional benefit of helping to prevent the loss of bone in the long term.

How Is This Procedure Performed?

A dental bridge procedure is a simple and straightforward process that will be performed by one of our qualified and highly-trained dentists. You will have a local anesthetic to ensure that there is little pain and we will guide you on aftercare and what foods to avoid after your procedure.

The procedure will begin with the dentist removing a small part of the supporting teeth’s enamel, in order to make space for the new dental bridge. Impressions are then taken of the teeth, to get a good indication of the type of bridge which is appropriate and will act as a model for it. The bridge will then be created to uniquely fit your teeth. Your dentist will fit you with a temporary dental bridge to ensure that no further damage is caused to the gum or tooth.

A second appointment will then be arranged, in which the dentist will remove the temporary bridge before fitting it with a permanent bridge (that’s made of either metal or porcelain). The dentist will thoroughly check the bridge, adjusting it so that it fits comfortably within your mouth before securing it.

Does The Procedure Require More Than Two Visits?

Multiple visits might be required in order to check the fit of the dental bridge and to assess if there needs to be any adjustments. This, however, is dependent on the individual’s case and might not be the case for everyone. The number of visits required will be discussed with you at the time of the initial appointment.

What Are The Benefits Of Having A Dental Bridge Fitted?

  • Gain a completely restored  smile
  • Help prevent your remaining teeth from moving out of formation
  • Protect the integrity of your other teeth
  • Can help to restore the ability to speak and properly chew
  • Will help to maintain the shape of your face

How Long Does A Dental Bridge Last?

If cared for correctly, the a dental bridge can last for over 10 years. In order to ensure that it lasts this long, you will have to follow a thorough oral routine, including daily brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist for regular checkups. To prevent any damage from occurring to your new bridge, you should avoid cold and hard foods.

How Much Does The Procedure Cost?

The price of the dental bridge procedure will depend on a number of factors:

  • The type of bridge that you choose
  • The type of material the bridge is made of
  • The number of bridges required
  • The placement of the bridges
  • If there are any additional treatments required

It is best to discuss your unique case with our dentists to determine the entire cost

Dental Bridges Vs. Dental Implants

When you have a missing tooth/teeth, a decision will have to be made as to whether a dental bridge or a dental implant is more appropriate. To make the decision a little easier, here is a brief description of dental implants:

A dental implant’s purpose is to replace the structure of the missing tooth with an artificial tooth (usually made of a ceramic material) that has a titanium root. There can be a single or multiple implants, depending on your individual needs. As the dental implant takes to your mouth, new bone will grow around the metal. A dental implant procedure will take place over two appointments.

What Are The Benefits Of A Dental Implant?

  • They promote the healing of bone structures and gums
  • They are a long-term solution made of high-quality material
  • They look natural
  • They can last for 10 years + when cared for correctly

Are There Any Disadvantages?

  • They can be more expensive than dental bridges if you are having multiple dental implants
  • It is a more complicated procedure, therefore more preparation and planning will have to be done
  • It required minor surgery

Just as with dental bridges, there has to be a strict dental routine carried out in order to preserve the dental implants. This will include regular brushing, flossing and trips to us to check up on how the dental implants are taking to the structure of your teeth and gums.

Schedule An Appointment With Chappaqua Dentistry today

Do you want to find out more about our dental bridge services? Contact us today by calling (914) 425-5084 or by scheduling a consultation through our website. We can guide you through the process, take an impression and create a dental bridge that’s specific for you.