Dental Bridges Restore Your Smile

Dr. Joseph Mormino offers custom dental bridges to replace several damaged or missing teeth in a row. Bridges can be supported by adjacent dental crowns or dental implants, and are made from a variety of materials to meet your needs. Dental bridges placed by Dr. Mormino at our Staten Island, NY, dental practice allow patients to smile with confidence again.

Who Can Benefit from a Dental Bridge?

When a patient loses one or more teeth in a row, whether due to severe decay, gum disease, trauma, or a blow to the face, a gap is left between the remaining teeth. This may cause the patient to feel self-conscious and affect his or her confidence. Additionally, the remaining teeth may shift, drifting into the space. Apart from creating a crooked smile, this can lead to an imbalanced bite, which may cause TMJ disorder, or make it difficult to brush and floss, leading to decay or gum disease. However, if Dr. Mormino places a dental bridge before the teeth have a chance to shift and rotate, he can prevent these problems and restore the patient’s smile.

With proper care and regular dental visits, your bridge can last over 10 years.

How Dental Bridges Work

A dental crown consists of one or more prosthetic teeth in a row, called pontics, with a dental crown at each end to hold them in place. The patient can choose from several materials for his or her pontics at our practice, including gold and metal alloys. Most patients, however, choose porcelain or porcelain-fused-to-metal, as the doctor can tint these materials to match their natural tooth color.

The doctor attaches the adjacent crowns to prepared teeth on either side of the gap. Patients may choose to instead receive a dental implant to support the bridge. An implant-supported bridge also eliminates the need for removing healthy tissue from any remaining teeth.

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Your bridge will be crafted to match your surrounding teeth for a natural appearance.

Placing a Traditional Dental Bridge

The process of placing a dental bridge typically involves two visits to our office. During your first visit, Dr. Mormino will review your dental history and perform an oral exam to make sure no other work is necessary before placing the bridge. The doctor will prepare the abutment teeth by removing a small amount of enamel from each tooth to make room for the crowns. With the teeth prepared, he will take impressions that will serve as a guide to create your bridge. Dr. Mormino will send the model to our in-house dental lab, where one of our full-time technicians will begin fabricating your bridge. You will receive a temporary bridge to wear until we create your permanent appliance.

When the lab completes your permanent bridge, you will return for a second visit. Dr. Mormino will remove your temporary bridge and place the new one, checking for proper fit and making necessary adjustments. When satisfied with the fit, the doctor will bond the crowns to the prepared teeth with dental cement.

Placing Implant-supported Bridges

If you choose implant-supported bridges, you will first have to undergo a dental implant surgery. This procedure may involve a minimum of two surgeries, and increases the treatment time significantly. It takes four to six months for the implants to fuse with your jaw, before you can return for your restorations.

With proper care and regular dental visits, your bridge can last over 10 years.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges provide several benefits to patients aside from preventing their remaining teeth from shifting. Restoring the patient’s smile to its original beauty boosts confidence and makes the patient feel good about smiling. Placing a dental bridge prevents the patient’s cheeks from sinking and appearing hollow. Dental bridges also help patients speak clearly, and they distribute bite force evenly, improving the patient’s chewing capability.

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If you are missing multiple teeth in a row, and it is affecting your ability to smile and chew, you should consider the benefits bridges can offer. To learn more about dental bridges, or to schedule a consultation with the doctor, contact our office today.