Fill the Gaps in Your Smile with a Dental Bridge
If you are missing one or more consecutive teeth, a dental bridge can restore the function and appearance of your smile. Even a single missing tooth can cause a range of oral health concerns. At Duggan Dental Group in Bay Shore, NY, our team offers both traditional and implant-supported bridges to protect the health of your smile. For qualifying patients, Dr. Daniel P. Duggan, and Dr. John E. Seylar can place dental implants and restore them with a highly aesthetic bridge. Whatever your particular needs, we can personalize your treatment plan to provide the right tooth replacement option for you.
Understanding Dental Bridges
A traditional bridge, also known as a crown-supported bridge, consists of one to three false teeth and two dental crowns on either side to act as anchors. This type of restoration is typically recommended for patients who have lost one or more teeth. In contrast, an implant-supported bridge attaches to small titanium posts embedded into the jaw bone and can help patients who have lost two or more consecutive teeth.
A Range of Benefits
When placed properly, a dental bridge offers a range of benefits. Bridges can:
- Improve your ability to chew and speak properly
- Restore the appearance of your smile
- Maintain the shape of your face
- Keep remaining teeth from shifting
- Distribute the force of your bite evenly
Traditional dental bridges are also cost-effective and offer a quick way to restore your smile. Within two visits, you can experience improved dental function and a restored appearance.
Receiving a Traditional Bridge
During your first appointment, Dr. Duggan, or Seylar will prepare your supporting teeth to receive crowns. Removing a small amount of enamel will allow the crowns to fit comfortably in your bite without appearing unnatural. Once your teeth are prepared, we will take digital impressions. These impressions are completely comfortable and do not require the messy putty used during the traditional process. We will send this information to the lab to begin crafting your bridge.
If you are missing one or more teeth, it is important to fill these gaps to prevent further damage to your smile.
Typically, it takes one to two weeks for a bridge to be returned from our lab. We may fit you with a temporary restoration to protect your prepared teeth during this time. When you return to our office, your dentist will remove the temporary and check the fit and feel of your permanent bridge. We can make minor adjustments at this time. If you are satisfied with the results, your dentist will bond the bridge to your teeth for a fully restored smile.
If you qualify for an implant-supported bridge, it is important to understand the process is more involved. One of our doctors will first need to embed one or more dental implants into your jawbone. The implants will then fuse with the tissue in your jaw over the course of three to six months. When your implants fully heal, your dentist can then attach your new permanent bridge to the posts. Implant-supported bridges tend to last longer and offer more comprehensive protection for your oral health than traditional bridges. However, they are generally more expensive so we accept CareCredit® financing to cover out-of-pocket costs.
Fully Restore Your Smile
If you are missing teeth, it is important to fill these gaps to prevent further damage to your smile. At Duggan Dental Group, we offer a range of tooth replacement options, allowing us to customize your treatment plan to suit your unique needs. For more information about bridges or one of our other procedures, contact our office online or call (631) 586-6300 to speak to a member of our team today.
"We love Dr. Duggan and his staff. Everyone is friendly and professional and we feel that they would do anything for our family. We highly recommend to anyone!"Colleen Kelly V.