Dental Bridges Specialist

Glad Dental P.C.

Dentists located in Bronx, NY

If your smile is missing a tooth, you should consider replacing it with a dental bridge. At Glad Dental P.C. in the Bronx, New York, the dental professionals help to restore the appearance and function of their patients’ smiles with beautiful, high-quality dental bridges. To learn more, schedule a visit today by calling the office or using the convenient online booking tool.

Dental Bridges Q & A

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic appliance that permanently replaces one or more teeth that are fully missing from your smile. It’s made up of an artificial tooth, called a pontic, attached to a dental crown on one or both sides. The crowns are secured to the teeth adjacent to your missing tooth, and literally “bridge” the missing space between your teeth.

If your adjacent teeth can’t support crowns, Glad Dental P.C. can offer you an alternative bridge. A cantilever bridge uses a crown on only one side of its pontic, while a Maryland bonded bridge is held in place by a metal framework sealed to the backside of your adjacent teeth. Bridges can also be secured using dental implants.

Why do I need a dental bridge?

Missing teeth can harm more than just the appearance of your smile — they can also lead to:

  • Bone loss and decay in your jaw
  • Changing facial appearance 
  • Jaw problems due to uneven distribution of your biting force
  • Your remaining teeth moving out of alignment
  • Difficulty chewing and speaking

Ultimately, your mouth was designed to have all of its teeth working together in harmony. A dental bridge restores the natural balance to improve the function and health of your smile. 

What is involved in getting a dental bridge?

Glad Dental P.C. can fit you with a superb dental bridge in two easy office visits. 

During your first appointment, your dentist administers a local anesthetic then prepares your abutment teeth by shaving down their enamel. Your dentist skips this step if you’re using implants to secure your bridge or are getting a Maryland bonded bridge. 

Once your abutment teeth are prepared, your dentist takes an impression of your smile. That impression is sent off to a lab that custom designs your bridge to fit seamlessly and comfortably in your mouth. Your dentist sends you home with a temporary bridge while you wait for the lab to finish making your permanent restoration. 

When your permanent bridge is ready, you come back to the office for a second appointment. Your dentist checks the fit and bite for comfort, then seals it in place with a bonding solution, giving you a strong and beautiful new smile.

Don’t wait to get the functional and radiant smile that you deserve. Get started with your dental bridge today by scheduling an appointment with Glad Dental P.C. You can call the office or use the convenient online booking tool.