Custom Dental Bridges Can Restore Your Smile

Photo of a dental bridgeIf you are missing one or more consecutive teeth, we can complete your smile with a strong, lifelike bridge. At KFA Dental, we recommend implant-supported bridges whenever possible. These restorations are incredibly stable and prevent jawbone degeneration, which often accompanies tooth loss. Dental bridges at our Farmingdale, NY, practice are made from durable materials and can blend with your smile. Dr. Donald Kahn, Dr. Daniel Aldieri, or Dr. Angela Ferrari will work carefully to make sure that your bridge fits comfortably and maintains the healthy force of your bite.

Are You a Candidate for a Dental Bridge?

If you are missing one to three adjoining teeth, you are likely a candidate for a dental bridge. Because we offer both traditional and implant-supported bridges, we will carefully determine which type may be more appropriate for you. We recommend dental implants because they offer the greatest strength and stability. To qualify for this type of restoration, you must have a strong enough jawbone to support the implant posts. Fortunately, even if you have lost bone volume or do not have enough room for implants, a bone graft or sinus lift can often restore your candidacy for treatment. 

If your health or your budget disqualifies you from dental implants, you may be more suited to a traditional bridge. This type of restoration will attach to your nearby teeth. Teeth surrounding a gap in your smile should be healthy and strong enough to support a traditional bridge. The team at KFA dental can examine your oral health and help you decide on the right restoration for your needs.

Illustration of a traditional vs implant-supported bridge

What Happens When You Receive a Dental Bridge?

If you opt for a traditional bridge, Dr. Kahn, Dr. Aldieri, or Dr. Ferrari will need to gently reshape the nearby teeth to provide a stable foundation for your restoration. We will use conservative techniques, preserving as much of your natural tooth structure as possible. Once your tooth is prepared, we will take impressions of your dental arch. Using these molds, as well as photos of your smile, our partner lab technicians will create your bridge. Our lab uses a combination of porcelain and IPS e.max® zirCAD. These materials have a natural-looking shine, and your treatment team will ensure that your bridge matches the color of your smile. When the restoration is finished, your dentist will make sure that it fits correctly, and will securely attach it to your teeth.

If you decide on an implant-supported bridge, the treatment process will be longer than with a traditional restoration, but can provide more significant benefits. To perform the treatment, we will surgically place the implants in your jawbone. For a bridge, you will usually need two posts for support, but this number can vary from patient to patient. It will take about four to six months for your jawbone to heal around the implants. After your full recovery, we will attach your custom-made restoration. Like our traditional bridges, our implant-supported restorations have a stunningly lifelike appearance.

A bridge can improve your ability to bite, chew, and enjoy a varied diet.

How Can a Bridge Benefit You?

Most noticeably, a bridge will fill in the gap in your smile, restoring your appearance and self-confidence. Your restoration will also improve your ability to bite, chew, and enjoy a varied diet. In some cases, this restorative treatment can enhance the clarity of your speech as well. In addition to these benefits, a dental bridge can have important effects for your long-term oral health. First, the restoration will fill in your dental arch and prevent your other teeth from migrating to fill in the gap in your smile. An implant-supported bridge can also protect your jawbone health. Like tooth roots, dental implants will send regenerative signals to your bone tissue, preventing jaw recession and further tooth loss. 

Restore Your Smile

Our office strives to provide the best restorations for each patient's unique needs. To learn more about dental bridges and to find out which type may be right for you, contact KFA Dental today. 

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