Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges

Even a single missing tooth can create problems with your smile, including issues with your appearance and oral health and function. Our dentists may want to see you for an appointment for a dental bridge in Warwick, New York. If you would like to meet with Dr. Syed Masihuddin or Dr. Pankaj Puri to see if this option is right for you, call Merchant Square Dental at 845-986-1732.

If you are missing a single tooth or multiple teeth in a row, we may recommend a dental bridge to restore your smile. A bridge is a fixed dental restoration, meaning it is nonremovable. The dental bridge is anchored in place through the use of two dental crowns, which are custom made to fit your smile and are placed on the teeth or dental implants next to the space left by the missing tooth. These crowns hold the artificial tooth in place to restore your smile, ensuring that your restoration will not easily shift or come loose. It typically requires only two visits to our practice to complete a dental bridge. Dental bridges are designed to last for many years and to restore the function, beauty and health of your smile.

Our dentists may recommend a dental bridge to improve your smile by:

  • Restoring your ability to speak, eat and chew normally
  • Alleviating excess stress on the bite
  • Improving the shape and volume of your face
  • Replacing an unwanted removable partial denture
  • Preventing the remaining natural teeth from moving out of position
  • Enhancing the appearance of your smile

We will help you determine whether a custom dental bridge is the right choice for restoring your smile after tooth loss. For more information, please call or visit us today.

frequently asked questions

Yes, there are several types of dental bridges, including traditional bridges (where the pontic is supported by dental crowns on adjacent teeth), cantilever bridges (used when there is only one adjacent tooth for support), and Maryland bridges (where the pontic is held in place by metal or porcelain framework bonded to the adjacent teeth).

With proper care and maintenance, dental bridges can last for many years, often a decade or more. It’s essential to practice good oral hygiene, including regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, to prolong the lifespan of your bridge.

Initially, you may experience some adjustment to the presence of the bridge in your mouth, but most people adapt quickly. Once properly fitted, a dental bridge should not significantly affect your ability to eat or speak.

Not everyone is a suitable candidate for a dental bridge. Your dentist will assess your oral health, including the condition of the teeth adjacent to the gap, gum health, and bone density, to determine if a bridge is the right option for you. In some cases, alternative treatments like dental implants or partial dentures may be recommended.