More than 120 million Americans are missing at least one tooth. Are you in that category? Well, at Waverly Place Dental in New York City’s West Village neighborhood, Roman Roytberg, DDS, provides patients with dental bridges, a unique tooth-replacement option. These custom-made prosthetics fit snugly in your mouth, preventing deterioration of your jaw bone and improving chewing and speaking. To find out if bridges are right for you, call or use the online booking tool today and schedule a consultation.
A dental bridge is a set of prosthetic teeth that are used to replace missing teeth. Your existing teeth surrounding the gap in your smile function as stabilizing anchors to literally create a bridge of prosthetics crossing the area where your teeth are missing. The bridge is bonded with a special adhesive to these anchoring teeth.
Bridges are made from gold, metal, alloys, or porcelain to ensure that they’re strong and durable. The process of creating a bridge begins by creating abutments out of your existing teeth where the bridge is attached. The existing teeth are recontoured to provide a base for the bridge.
After the abutments have been created, DR. Roytberg takes a mold of the area, which he sends off to an outside dental lab. The lab uses the mold to create a bridge that fits properly and feels as close to your natural teeth as possible.
The bridge consists of two crowns on either end to place on the abutments and the prosthetic that replaces your missing tooth or teeth.
While your crown is being made, Dr. Roytberg fits you with a temporary bridge. This protects the abutments and the exposed gum areas. It also looks more appealing than having a missing tooth.
When the permanent bridge is finished, you return to the office for a follow-up visit to set the bridge. It’s placed on the abutments and Dr. Roytberg uses a special dental adhesive to make sure that the bridge won’t shift or slide around inside your mouth.
It might take up to a few days to fully adjust to your new bridge. But after a few days, it should feel like you have your own natural teeth back again. For the first few days after having your bridge placed, you should stick to a diet of soft foods, such as:
After the initial phase, you’re able to eat whatever you want with no issues. If you have any lingering issues of discomfort, please let the office know right away.
If you’re missing a tooth or multiple teeth, you should strongly consider replacing any gaps in your smile with a bridge. The cosmetic concerns with missing teeth are obvious, but you could also cause structural changes to your mouth and jaw, including shifting teeth that lead to bone loss or severe tooth decay.
A bridge can also improve functions affected by missing teeth, such as chewing, speaking, and digesting. That said, bridges not only improve your appearance, they also improve your overall quality of life.
To schedule a bridge consultation today, call the office or use online booking today to learn more about how to restore your smile.