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Bridges

Bridges

If you have missing teeth due to accident, injury or decay, you may be an excellent candidate for a cosmetic solution called a dental bridge. A bridge is a false tooth, also known as a pontic, that quite literally bridges the space between missing teeth.  Although a dental implant is usually the preferred option for replacing a missing tooth, there are cases where a bridge is recommended.

Though having one or more missing teeth can make you self-conscious, the reasons to replace missing teeth go beyond aesthetics. There are also a host of health issues associated with lost teeth, including problems chewing and talking.

The Connection Between Missing Teeth and Poor Oral Health

Did you know your oral health is a significant indicator of your overall physical health? Multiple studies have proven each lost tooth as an adult increases your oral health risks. The problems you may experience with a missing tooth include the following:

  • A missing tooth can cause your jawbone to shrink and your gums to recede, thus weakening the teeth that flank your missing tooth. Teeth positioned on either side of the lost tooth can develop issues with excessive plaque buildup and tooth decay.
  • Adjoining teeth may grow into the empty space, leading to crooked or crowded teeth.

Since receding gums can create pockets that serve as bacterial breeding grounds, lost teeth will increase the risk of developing gum disease.

Health Problems That Accompany Missing Teeth

Missing teeth and their attendant oral health problems can lead to severe health issues down the road if the gap is left untreated. Tooth decay or gum infections are associated with the following health problems:

  • Heart disease: Oral inflammation caused by untreated tooth decay may increase the risk for cardiovascular disease, strokes, or clogged arteries.
  • Endocarditis: Bacteria can travel from your mouth through your bloodstream until they arrive at your heart. That can lead to endocarditis, which is an infection of your heart’s inner lining.
  • Premature birth: Studies show pregnant women who have gum disease may be more likely to deliver their babies early. Researchers are evaluating if gum disease increases the production of labor-inducing chemicals in expectant mothers.

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The team is always available to talk with you and address any concerns. We are excited to welcome you to our Midtown Manhattan office!

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Get Started Today

with Nadler Dentistry

Schedule a personalized consultation to meet with the skilled team at Nadler Dentistry and learn how they can create a customized smile to last a lifetime.

The team is always available to talk with you and address any concerns. We are excited to welcome you to our Midtown Manhattan office!

Request a Consultation

Types of Dental Bridges

Now that you know about the significant health benefits of treating missing teeth, let’s explore your options for dental bridges. Dr. Nadler offers three main types of bridges.

A fixed, or traditional, dental bridge consists of a false tooth or teeth held in place by dental crowns affixed to each of the adjacent teeth. A traditional bridge is a popular option for people who have healthy, natural teeth surrounding the missing teeth.

A cantilever dental bridge is secured by a dental crown that is only attached to one abutment tooth. This type of bridge may be a suitable option if you have one missing tooth and a have a healthy tooth next to the space in the front of the mouth.

Like a traditional bridge, Maryland dental bridges rely on two natural teeth on either side of the gap where you are missing a tooth. A Maryland bridge is affixed by metal or porcelain wings bonded onto the backs of the adjoining teeth. A Maryland Dental Bridge results in minimal alteration to the supporting teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Bridges

Patients with missing teeth have several options for filling in the gap and you may have questions about which treatment is best for you. Dr. Nadler will thoroughly explain the best course of care for you during your initial visit. Additionally, here are answers to questions you may have before your appointment.

A: Missing teeth can affect your quality of life in several ways. A dental bridge can reverse those changes, including:

  • Restoring your smile
  • Enabling you to chew properly by adjusting your bite
  • Helping you speak more clearly
  • Maintaining the shape of your face
  • Preventing your remaining teeth from shifting out of place and becoming misaligned

A: Many variables that can affect the price, including:

  • The number of teeth you are missing
  • The type of bridge you choose
  • The materials involved
  • Additional treatments for other dental problems

A: The key difference between a bridge and dentures is that bridges are fixed in place within your mouth, while dentures are removable and must be taken out to clean them.

A: A dental bridge usually lasts ten years or more, depending on how well you take care of it and look after your oral hygiene. Failure to brush, floss, and get regular professional dental cleanings and check-ups can reduce the lifespan of all types of bridges. If you do not control the buildup of food debris and plaque, your teeth and gums can become infected, requiring further treatment and resulting in possible loss of the bridge.

A: You will need two appointments to get your dental bridge placed. The first visit will include preparing the teeth adjoining the gap and taking impressions of your mouth. Dr. Nadler will use the impressions to create the framework of the bridge, including the replacement tooth. At the second appointment, Dr. Nadler will place the bridge over your teeth and examine to ensure necessary adjustments for a proper fit.

A: Your bridge should make eating easier by improving your bite and your ability to chew food. We suggest getting used to the feel of your bridge by taking small bites of soft food like yogurt, soup, and cottage cheese prior to tackling a steak.

A: You may require a brief adjustment period once your bridge is in place, during which it might be more challenging for you to pronounce specific words. However, over time, your speech will improve as you get accustomed to having the bridge in your mouth.

Manhattan’s Leading Cosmetic Dentist

Whether you are missing one tooth or several, you have different replacement options to discuss with Dr. Nadler. There are many benefits to using dental bridges, and you will have several factors to weigh before making your final decision.

It’s time to restore confidence in your smile and cosmetic dentistry under the care of Dr. Nadler can help. Contact our midtown Manhattan office at 212-757-3745 to learn more about how Dr. Nadler can improve your health, appearance, and quality of life with the latest advances in dental equipment, techniques, and technology.

Meet Our Doctors

Drs. Matthew and Sheldon Nadler

Dr. Matthew Nadler and his father, Dr. Sheldon Nadler offer state of the art comprehensive dental care in their friendly, yet professional, midtown New York office, using the most current technology.

Our doctors participate in  ongoing continuing education, which provides them with the knowledge to guide you to a healthier lifestyle. You can feel confident that your dental needs will be addressed by knowledgeable dental specialists who are leaders in their respective fields.

Dr. Matthew NadlerDr. Sheldon Nadler

DRS. MATTHEW AND SHELDON NADLER

Meet Our Doctors

Drs. Sheldon and Matthew Nadler

Dr. Matthew Nadler and his father, Dr. Sheldon Nadler offer state of the art comprehensive dental care in their friendly, yet professional, midtown New York office, using the most current technology.

Our doctors participate in  ongoing continuing education, which provides them with the knowledge to guide you to a healthier lifestyle. You can feel confident that your dental needs will be addressed by knowledgeable dental specialists who are leaders in their respective fields.

Dr. Matthew NadlerDr. Sheldon Nadler