Having a missing tooth or several missing teeth can affect your confidence. Maybe you don’t even notice it, but it’s common to only smile for pictures from one particular angle to obscure your missing tooth or to not smile at all. But you deserve to be free to smile and to feel good about your smile. Luckily, hope isn’t lost.
At Passes Dental Care, in addition to our general dentistry practice, we can perform several procedures to replace your missing tooth or teeth and restore your smile to one you’re proud to show off. One solution we’ve used successfully for our patients with missing teeth is applying a fixed bridge.
What Is a Bridge?
A dental bridge is used to connect your real teeth with a replacement tooth where your missing tooth was. The replacement tooth is built into the bridge, and then the bridge is attached to your teeth.
Do I Need a Bridge?
Missing teeth are more than just an aesthetic issue. It may come as a surprise, but a missing tooth can actually increase your risk of gum disease and damage to your other teeth. When there is a significant gap in the teeth, like one where a tooth is supposed to be, it can cause your remaining teeth to shift. This can create damage and can even cause jaw pain as it changes your bite. Additionally, the same space in your gums that is missing a tooth is more susceptible to being infected by bacteria, which can lead to gum disease.
What Are Fixed Bridges?
Fixed bridges are a type of bridge where two crowns are attached to the abutment teeth (the teeth on either side of the missing tooth). Crowns are caps that are placed on top of damaged teeth. Molds are made of your natural teeth in order to create a properly-fitting crown. Crowns can be made of porcelain, metal, resin, or ceramic materials.
The replacement tooth is connected to the two crowns, with the replacement tooth in the middle. The replacement tooth is called a pontic. The two crowns act as an anchor to insert the replacement tooth.
How Are Fixed Dental Bridges Attached?
Having a fixed dental bridge applied to your teeth is a non-invasive, in-office procedure with minimal pain.
At your first appointment, we’ll apply a local anesthetic to minimize any pain when we proceed to prepare your teeth. We need to prepare your abutment teeth to make sure that the crown has the best fit and the bridge is as stable as possible. To do this, we shave down and shape the abutment teeth.
Next, we’ll make impressions of the abutment teeth. This is so that we can make the crowns that we’ll attach to your teeth and ensure a proper fit and natural, seamless look with the rest of your teeth. Once we receive the caps, we perform the procedure to add the bridge.
At your second appointment, we’ll make sure the crowns fit your prepared teeth properly. Once we’ve made any necessary adjustments, we’ll attach the crowns to your abutment teeth, and the replacement tooth will be in place.
Now that you have your replacement tooth, you want to do what’s necessary to try to extend the life of the dental bridge — which can be up to ten years. Just because your natural teeth that are attached to the bridge are covered by crowns, they and your gums can still be damaged, which can lead to further dental issues and compromise the integrity of the bridge. The best way to protect your new bridge and all of your other teeth and maintain your oral health is to brush and floss at least twice daily and continue to receive your routine dental exams and cleanings at Passes Dental Care. In addition to maintaining the health of your teeth and gums, we can keep an eye on your dental bridge and address any concerns that may arise with repairs and adjustments, if and as needed.
Other Dental Care at Passes Dental Care
Having a missing tooth replaced may not be your only dental concern. We can help with a variety of other issues, as well.
We care about the general health of our patients’ gums and teeth, so we offer the full scope of routine and maintenance dental care services. Whether you require more complex dental care like a filling for a cavity, a crown for a damaged tooth, extractions of your wisdom teeth, or basic, routine care like dental exams and teeth cleanings, our dental professionals can take care of your needs.
In addition to providing general dental care for adults, we also provide comprehensive dental care for children. We provide teeth cleanings and thorough exams from the time childrens’ teeth first break their gums. We can also address any tooth damage that may require extractions, fillings, or sealings.
Our restorative treatments include placing dental implants and providing our patients with dentures as needed.
Our dental professionals offer several cosmetic dental treatments and procedures, including installing veneers, teeth whitening, and other procedures to fix chipped, broken, crooked, or stained teeth. We also offer Invisalign for patients who want to straighten their teeth and procedures to close unwanted gaps in the teeth.
Additionally, we provide periodontal and endodontic care. We have several options for sedation in the event our patients are anxious about their dental treatment or procedure. We also offer treatment for TMJ/TMD and snoring.
Passes Dental Care has been providing top-notch, comprehensive dental care to patients all throughout Great Neck, NY, and its surrounding communities for over 45 years. While we strive to maintain our patients’ oral health with preventive care, we are attentive and methodical in our treatment and exams of our patients so we can tend to any new issues right away.
This is why we provide the wide range of dental services that we do: so that our patients have consistent and seamless care. We pride ourselves on fostering a warm and welcoming dental practice where every single one of our patients can feel comfortable and be confident in the fact that they’re receiving the best dental care in town. We treat all of our patients like family.
At Passes Dental Care, we believe that all of our patients should be able to put their best smiles forward. Missing teeth don’t have to prevent you from having your best, beautiful smile. That’s why we offer full dental care and restore our patient’s missing teeth with the use of fixed dental bridges.