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Dental Bridges

Paul Ilan, DDS -  - Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dentistry

DPI Dental

Paul Ilan, DDS

Comprehensive and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Stuyvesant Town, New York, NY & Lyndenwood, Howard Beach, NY

A dental bridge is an option to replace one or more missing teeth. If you’ve lost a tooth or teeth, contact Paul Ilan, DDS, at DPI Dental with locations in Stuyvesant Town in Manhattan, and the Lindenwood area of Howard Beach, New York, for expert advice on the best tooth replacement options. The team offers bridges made with various sturdy materials that create a natural-looking replacement tooth to restore your smile. You can call the practice or book an appointment online.

Dental Bridges Q & A

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a fixed appliance that replaces a missing tooth or teeth. Dental bridges get their name because they fill in the gaps between teeth. They typically consist of false teeth held in place by crowns anchored to the teeth on either side of the gap. Sometimes known 

The most common bridges are made of porcelain fused to metal, which provides a natural appearance, strength, and durability. There are also several kinds of fixed dental bridges that are permanent, including conventional fixed bridges, cantilever bridges, and resin-bonded bridges. Dr. Ilan will go over all of your options to help you make the best choice.   

Why would I need a dental bridge?

Dental bridges replace missing teeth. By replacing a missing tooth or teeth, you prevent your remaining natural teeth from shifting and moving out of alignment. Bridges also help you chew and speak properly, and they help preserve your smile and the shape of your face. 

You may choose to get a bridge as your first option to replace missing teeth or you may upgrade to a bridge if a partial denture doesn’t meet your needs. 

How are dental bridges installed?

If you decide on a dental bridge, Dr. Ilan examines your remaining teeth to ensure they are strong and healthy enough to support a bridge. If you’re a good candidate for a bridge, Dr. Ilan is usually able to install dental bridges over a couple appointments. 

During the first appointment, Dr. Ilan prepares the anchor teeth by gently removing a thin layer of tooth enamel. This makes room for your dental bridge to sit flush against your other teeth. He also takes a mold or impression of the gap, which is used to manufacture the bridge to fit your mouth exactly. Dr. Ilan fits you with a temporary bridge to protect your teeth while your permanent bridge is custom-made.

At your second appointment, Dr. Ilan installs your permanent bridge. He checks the way the crowns fit and the way the false teeth fit into your gap before permanently bonding the bridge to the anchor teeth. Once the bridge is set, Dr. Ilan polishes the bridge and crowns until they shine like natural teeth. 

If you’re missing a tooth or teeth and want to know if a dental bridge is right for you, call DPI Dental or book an appointment online today.