Porcelain Fixed Bridges in the Bronx
Types of Dental Bridges
Traditional: This is the most common type of dental bridge. The artificial tooth sits between two crowns that will go on the teeth on either side of the gap. The outside teeth with the crowns act as anchors to support the artificial tooth.
Cantilever: With this type of dental bridge, only one supporting natural tooth is attached to the artificial tooth, meaning only one of your natural teeth is drilled for a crown.
Maryland: With a Maryland dental bridge, there are no crowns on adjacent teeth to help anchor the pontic. Instead, the artificial tooth bonds to the back of the adjacent teeth with metal wings. This preserves more of the abutting teeth; however, they must be very strong to support this bridge.
Which type of dental bridge is right for you depends on the health of your teeth and gums, where the missing tooth is in your mouth, and other factors you can discuss with your Throgs Neck dentist.
In addition, bridges may be all-porcelain or porcelain-infused. Our cosmetic dentist specialists at Throgs Neck Dental in the the Bronx, will examine and assess your specific oral situation to determine which type of dental bridge works for you.
Dental Bridge vs. Dental Implant
A dental implant doesn’t require filing down healthy teeth. An implant fills the gap of the missing tooth with an artificial tooth that “stands alone” and does not require a bridge. However, placing a dental implant is not always possible for all patients.
A dental implant requires a surgical procedure, while a bridge involves the placement of two dental crowns, a non-surgical procedure performed by one of our cosmetic dentists at Throgs Neck Dental in the the Bronx.
Caring for a Porcelain Fixed Bridge
While your temporary bridge is in place, you will need to show extra care until your permanent bridge is ready. Refrain from eating or drinking hot beverages until the numbness from your local anesthetic wears off from your dental procedure to prevent bites or burn injuries to your mouth, lips, and tongue. When you do eat, avoid foods that are chewy or hard.
Do not use a water flosser when your temporary bridge is in. The water pressure may dislodge or weaken the cement used to hold the bridge in place and cause it to come out prematurely.
Plaque and bacteria can accumulate in tiny gaps under your permanent dental bridge. You will not be able to floss normally between the teeth in the bridge since they are all connected. Instead, you will use a floss threader or a water flosser to move under the pontic.
If something happens to your porcelain fixed bridges in the Bronx, you can call us at Throgs Neck Dental at 718-518-8100 for emergency dental care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Does Insurance Pay for Dental Bridges?
The cost of a porcelain fixed dental bridge depends on what type of bridge you and your dentist decide works best for your situation. Most dental insurance plans will cover the cost of a porcelain fixed bridge.
If you do not have dental insurance, we offer interest-free payment plans that start at as little as $20 per month. Cost should not be a barrier to receiving proper dental care and gaining the confidence that comes with a healthy smile.
Cosmetic Dentist in the Bronx
We are not looking for a quick fix for your teeth. We will place a high-quality, long-lasting replacement for your missing tooth or teeth so you can live a healthy and happy life. The artificial teeth and porcelain dental bridge will function and perform just as your natural teeth would, though you should avoid biting into especially hard foods like nuts and hard candies.
You should feel comfortable biting, chewing, and speaking without impediment as you would before losing your natural teeth. If you have one or more missing teeth, stop hiding your smile and call Throgs Neck Dental in the Bronx at 718-518-8100 today.