Dental bridges - Forest Hills

What are dental bridges?

A dental bridge is an excellent, attractive, cosmetic way to cover gaps created by missing teeth. Your bridge will blend seamlessly with surrounding teeth, and be a permanent, fixed structure in the mouth.

What are the benefits of dental bridges?

As well as closing gaps, a bridge can improve upon the appearance of the tooth that’s been lost, even the teeth on either side. Because the bridge is a fixed, permanent option, chewing and eating all kinds of food is not a problem, and your bridge can be cared for in much the same way as natural teeth.

What are the downsides of a dental bridge?

n order for the bridge to be anchored firmly, the teeth on either side must be filed down to accommodate dental cement required to hold it in place. This means sacrificing the appearance of healthy teeth (the tooth’s roots are not affected) in order to achieve a flawless sequence of new teeth. Natural teeth and implants, secured into the jawline are cleaned in the usual way with brushing and flossing, however because a bridge is supported by teeth on either side, extra cleaning is required to reach parts which need cleaning around the gum. This is not a major problem, though can in some cases lead to a build-up of plaque or tartar occurring in hard-to-reach places. Your dentist will be able to assess if you are likely to experience difficulty maintaining a dental bridge.

Will I need my dental bridge replaced?

In order for the bridge to be anchored firmly, the teeth on either side must be filed down to accommodate dental cement required to hold it in place. This means sacrificing the appearance of healthy teeth (the tooth’s roots are not affected) in order to achieve a flawless sequence of new teeth. Natural teeth and implants, secured into the jawline are cleaned in the usual way with brushing and flossing, however because a bridge is supported by teeth on either side, extra cleaning is required to reach parts which need cleaning around the gum. This is not a major problem, though can in some cases lead to a build-up of plaque or tartar occurring in hard-to-reach places. Your dentist will be able to assess if you are likely to experience difficulty maintaining a dental bridge.

Can my dental bridge be replaced?

This is unlikely, though not impossible, especially if you experience a knock or other trauma. It’s also possible to weaken your bridge through grinding teeth over time, both during the day and a night. Losing a tooth is an unsettling occurrence, though fortunately it’s usually easily fixed. Never attempt to use domestic or non-surgical adhesives, as this is unlikely to reattach your bridge, instead causing damage to the bridge and potentially creating problems for gum tissue. Using unsuitable substances on your dental bridge is likely to create problems requiring it to be replaced, instead of simply reattached. If your bridge falls out, call your dentist at once. If you are away from home, seek advice from a pharmacist for over-the-counter solutions, which will provide a temporary solution until you can get to your dentists’ office.

Can my dental bridge be replaced?

This is unlikely, though not impossible, especially if you experience a knock or other trauma. It’s also possible to weaken your bridge through grinding teeth over time, both during the day and a night. Losing a tooth is an unsettling occurrence, though fortunately it’s usually easily fixed. Never attempt to use domestic or non-surgical adhesives, as this is unlikely to reattach your bridge, instead causing damage to the bridge and potentially creating problems for gum tissue. Using unsuitable substances on your dental bridge is likely to create problems requiring it to be replaced, instead of simply reattached. If your bridge falls out, call your dentist at once. If you are away from home, seek advice from a pharmacist for over-the-counter solutions, which will provide a temporary solution until you can get to your dentists’ office.

Make an appointment today to discuss dental bridges. Call our office today on 718-544-5055 for an appointment.