Even a single missing tooth can lower your self-esteem, misalign your bite, and make it difficult to chew and speak with ease. With two locations in the Bronx, New York, Nishita Gandhi, DDS, uses porcelain bridges to replace missing teeth for the most natural tooth-colored look available, so you can feel confident in your smile once again. Call the office or book an appointment online today to learn more.
A dental bridge closes gaps in your smile by anchoring an artificial tooth to your existing teeth. It is a fixed dental restoration that utilizes support from the teeth surrounding your missing tooth. These teeth, called abutments, help hold your new artificial tooth, called a pontic, in place much like an architectural bridge.
At Nishita Gandhi, DDS, you can choose from seamless and natural-looking porcelain bridges, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or ceramic bridges.
Believe it or not, even a single missing tooth can impact your oral health, as well as the way you chew and speak. Over time, the teeth surrounding your missing tooth no longer have the support they once had, so they begin to shift. This often negatively changes your bite, making it difficult to chew with ease. Your teeth also play a crucial role in maintaining your facial structure. Without support from all your teeth, your face may look sunken or sag.
A dental bridge restores your smile by replacing your missing tooth. Some of the most common bridge benefits include:
Dental bridges keep your teeth stable and prevent them from shifting out of place, reducing your risk of tooth decay and, ultimately, tooth loss.
There are three main types of bridges to choose from at Nishita Gandhi, DDS, depending on your unique case. The options include:
By and large the most common type of bridge, a traditional bridge utilizes the teeth on each side of your missing tooth to support your new prosthetic. First, Dr. Gandhi files and reshapes your abutment teeth to make room for their dental crowns — cap-shaped restorations that fit over your teeth to provide strength and support.
Next, she takes highly accurate impressions of your mouth to serve as models for your crowns and pontic. It takes at least two weeks to fabricate high-quality crowns, so Dr. Gandhi fits you for a temporary bridge before the end of the appointment.
At your second appointment, she removes your temporary bridge and fits you for your final restoration.
The process for placing a cantilever bridge is identical to its traditional counterpart. These types of bridges are recommended to patients who only have a healthy abutment tooth on one side of their pontic. Because a cantilever bridge lacks the same support as traditional bridges, they are typically only used in the front of the mouth.
Unlike traditional and cantilever bridges, a Maryland bridge is supported by metal or porcelain framework rather than abutment teeth, so your teeth do not have to be reduced to create the restoration. While they are ideal for patients who don’t want to reduce their teeth, Maryland bridges are not as durable as traditional bridges.
A porcelain bridge can help stabilize and improve your smile for years to come. For more information, call Nishita Gandhi, DDS, or schedule an appointment online.