Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges in Staten Island, NY

There are many different treatments available for badly damaged or decayed teeth, but unfortunately, sometimes a tooth is beyond repair, leaving an unsightly gap in your smile. Gaps between your teeth can seriously knock your confidence, and can even have a negative impact on the functionality of your other teeth and the overall use of your mouth. This is due to the fact that after time, your remaining teeth can take advantage of the space to shift around slightly, causing misalignment and a range of other associated dental problems.

Dental bridges fill the gap where the missing tooth would have been. They do this using a false tooth, which looks and feels just like the real thing. The false tooth also holds the remaining teeth either side in place so that they don’t shift into space.

How to dental bridges work?

Dental bridges are comprised of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap. These act as anchors for the false tooth/teeth that will fill the gap. Once your dental bridge is in place, it should be virtually imperceptible. The anchored teeth are often referred to as abutment teeth and the false teeth are often called pontics.

Looking after your dental bridge

With proper care and attention, your dental bridge could last as long as twenty years. You should continue with a thorough oral hygiene routine including brushing, flossing, and mouthwash, and try to avoid particularly chewy foods or cuts of meat as these will put additional strain on your bridge.