Tooth loss can negatively impact your daily life, making it difficult to eat, speak, or feel confident smiling.
The team at Browne Goetz & Miraglia PC can provide traditional and implant-supported dental bridges to complete your smile.
Why should you replace missing teeth with a dental bridge at our Mount Kisco, NY, practice?
A Dental Bridge Can Improve Your Quality of Life
Closing the gap in your smile with a dental bridge can restore your ability to eat and speak properly. It also prevents your teeth from shifting out of place in the wake of tooth loss.
Provide Natural-Looking Results
Each dental bridge at our Mount Kisco office is carefully designed and fabricated with natural-looking materials. As a result, your restoration will blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
Attach to Dental Implants
Your bridge can also be attached to dental implants if you qualify for surgery. An implant-supported bridge provides greater stability for your restoration and prevents jawbone atrophy.
How does a dental Bridge work?
A Dental Bridge Can Replace:
One Missing Tooth
If you have lost a single tooth, a bridge can close the gap, using a single artificial tooth attached to two crowns.
Multiple Missing Teeth
Once one tooth falls out, others often follow. Depending on how large the gap in your smile is, your doctor may recommend a bridge to fill it.
A Severely Damaged Tooth
If a tooth is beyond repair, it may require extraction. Typically, we will recommend a bridge or implant-supported crown to replace it.
What is the difference between a traditional and implant-supported bridge?
A traditional dental bridge is held in place with crowns over the teeth on either side of the gap. This requires your dentist to alter these teeth to make room for the bridge.
In contrast, an implant-supported bridge is secured with dental implants that are anchored directly into the jawbone. The prosthetic is then attached to the implants. While more involved than traditional bridges, this treatment preserves the structure of your surrounding teeth while also replacing your teeth from root to crown.
Between the two types of restorations, our doctors recommend an implant-supported bridge because it protects against jawbone atrophy and, in turn, provides unparalleled benefits for your overall oral health. During your consultation, we can determine whether you are a candidate for dental implants.
Typical Timeline for a Dental Bridge
Before beginning treatment, your dentist will perform a comprehensive examination of your bite to determine what type of restoration you need. Together, you can then plan the details of your procedure.
For a traditional bridge, the doctor will prepare the surrounding teeth for their crowns by reducing their size. For an implant-supported bridge, an oral surgeon will perform any necessary preliminary procedures and dental implant surgery. Dental implants take about three to six months to heal.
Design & Creation
We will then take impressions of your bite, which will be sent to a trusted dental lab for fabrication. Your dentist will then fit you with a temporary bridge to protect the site until your next appointment.
Abutment for Implants
If you receive dental implants, you will need to undergo a second procedure to place your abutments. An abutment is necessary to connect the implants to the prosthetic. Typically, you will need to heal for a few more weeks before the final restoration is attached.
Placement of Restoration
After about two weeks, your restoration should be ready and you can return to our office in Mount Kisco for placement. Your dentist will first check that the fit is comfortable and the aesthetics ideal. Then they will secure your bridge by either attaching it to the abutments or with dental cement.
Browne Goetz & Miraglia PC
- American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
- Academy of Osseointegration
- American Academy of Cosmetic Orthodontics
For more information about our services, contact our office online or call (914) 241-1191 today.