Have you recently experienced tooth loss? Have you had one or more teeth removed due to damage from injury, decay, or disease? You are not alone! For many patients, this doesn’t have to happen with appropriate care and protection of the natural adult teeth. However, if it does occur, it is essential to work with an experienced dentist at Park Avenue Dental in New York, New York, to determine the best way to replace these teeth to restore function and health. Dental bridges are a common service for patients missing one or several teeth in a row.
Dr. Mary Taudel describes the dental bridge as a false tooth, or pontic, that is affixed to either two existing teeth or abutment crowns. The pontic is fused in the middle of the bridge and complements your smile by connecting these teeth together. It functions as an artificial tooth, filling the gap left by missing teeth and providing the strength and stability needed when you are chewing and speaking.
Dental bridges can be made from materials such as porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM), all-metal (gold alloy), ceramic, zirconia, or a combination of these materials. Dr. Taudel and her team often recommend porcelain materials as these closely mimic the appearance of natural tooth enamel while remaining strong and functional.
At Park Avenue Dental, Dr. Mary Taudel and her dedicated team of professionals work with you to come up with a personalized plan of care for creating the best bridge fit possible for your smile. She can evaluate you to decide if the dental bridge is the right choice for your lifestyle, budget, and smile goals. Other options that you might consider include partial dentures or dental implants, both alternatives available at her office.
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