Learn More About the Benefits and Risks of Dental Bridges

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Dental bridges are a type of restoration used to fill the gaps left by missing teeth. At 4Excellence in Dentistry, Dr. Lewis Ricciuti, Dr. James Albanese, and Dr. Jennifer Moore offer natural looking, customized bridges that can restore beauty and function to your smile. Like all dental treatments, bridges carry some degree of risk, but our dentists’ expertise greatly reduces the already low rate of complications. Contact 4Excellence in Dentistry today to learn more about the benefits and risks of dental bridges at our Long Island practice.

What are Dental Bridges?

Dental crowns placed on the two teeth adjacent to a gap in your smile support traditional dental bridges. To place these crowns, your dentist will numb your teeth and carefully reshape them to make room for the restorations. Next, impressions will be taken, which our partner lab will use to create a customized bridge that blends in seamlessly with your smile. The synthetic teeth that form the bridge will attach to the two crowns to literally bridge the gap in your smile. Once the restoration is finished, you will return to our office, where your dentist will check the fit of your bridge and attach it using long-lasting dental cement.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are one of the cornerstones of restorative dentistry. Their advantages include:

  • Lifelike appearance: Bridges are made specifically to match your smile. At 4Excellence in Dentistry, we work exclusively with porcelain and zirconia, which come in a variety of shades and have a natural sheen and sparkle.
  • Restored smile: Bridges can replace your teeth, rejuvenate your smile, and give you a much-needed boost of confidence in your appearance.
  • Renewed functionality: In addition to enhancing your appearance, a bridge can restore your ability to chew and speak normally.
  • Protected oral health: Left untreated, missing teeth can significantly impact your oral and general health. Surrounding teeth may shift to fill in the gap, affecting the alignment of your smile.

Risks of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are a proven, safe procedure. However, as with any dental treatment, there is some degree of risk, including:

  • Decay: If a bridge is improperly placed, or if the patient does not practice good dental hygiene, bacteria can accumulate under the restoration, eventually leading to cavities, gum disease, and even further tooth loss.
  • Weakened teeth: To place your bridge, your dentist will need to alter your natural tooth structure. This process, combined with the pressure from the bridge, could weaken your adjacent teeth.
  • Jawbone degeneration: Missing teeth can cause your jawbone to weaken and shrink over time. Although a bridge is an excellent way to replace missing teeth, it will not protect your jawbone density, or the associated changes to your facial appearance.

Implant-supported bridges are a great way to reduce many of these risks. Unlike traditional bridges, they do not require any alteration of your surrounding tooth structure, and they provide outstanding protection for your jawbone. Even if you do choose a traditional bridge, you will face very few risks, thanks to our dentists’ extensive training and experience.

Contact Us Today

You can learn more about the benefits and risks of dental bridges during an appointment at our office. Schedule your free consultation at 4Excellence in Dentistry today.You can learn more about the benefits and risks of dental bridges during an appointment at our office. Schedule your free consultation at 4Excellence in Dentistry today.

Cost of Dental Bridges Long Island

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If you suffer from missing teeth, a dental bridge may be the best way to restore your smile and confidence. At 4Excellence in Dentistry, Dr. Lewis Ricciuti, Dr. James Albanese, and Dr. Jennifer Moore proudly offer both traditional and implant-supported bridges. Although the cost of dental bridges differs for each patient, the dentists at our Long Island practice are committed to making your treatment fit well with your budget. To learn more about dental bridges and obtain an estimate, contact our office today.

Implant-Supported Bridges Help You Smile With Confidence

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If you are missing one tooth or several adjacent teeth, a dental bridge can rejuvenate your smile and restore your dental function. At 4Excellence in Dentistry, we proudly offer implant-supported bridges to our patients in Levittown and the surrounding communities. These durable restorations offer all the benefits of traditional bridges, but they do not require any alteration of your surrounding teeth. Additionally, they offer greater stability and a more lifelike appearance than other restorative options. Schedule an appointment with one of our dentists, Dr. Lewis Ricciuti, Dr. James Albanese, or Jennifer Moore, to learn whether an implant-supported bridge is right for you.

What Is an Implant-Supported Bridge?

A dental bridge spans the gap in your smile, filling it with a custom-fabricated restoration that is a near-perfect match to your surrounding teeth. To place a traditional bridge, your dentist would first crown the adjacent teeth, removing part of the natural tooth structure to accommodate each restoration. To place an implant-supported bridge, your doctor will surgically insert two implant posts in your jaw. These posts will securely hold the entire tailor-made restoration in place.

Candidates and Other Considerations

Before you can receive an implant-supported bridge, you will have a complete consultation to determine your candidacy for dental implants. If you have another oral health condition, such as periodontal disease, your dentist may need to treat this issue before your surgery. Additionally, to receive any type of implant-supported restoration, whether it is a single crown, a bridge, or a denture, you must have a strong and dense enough jawbone to secure the implant posts. If tooth loss has caused your jawbone to shrink significantly, you may require a bone graft to improve your candidacy for an implant-supported bridge. Implant-supported bridges are suitable for first-time bridge wearers, as well as patients who already have a traditional bridge and would like to have it replaced.

Benefits of Implant-Supported Restorations

Implant-supported bridges offer a number of benefits. First, they provide exceptional protection for your oral health. When you fail to replace missing teeth, the other teeth will shift to fill in the space in your smile. This process can often lead to misalignment and related problems, such as teeth grinding. Implant-supported bridges not only help keep your teeth in their proper positions, they also stop the jawbone atrophy that results from tooth loss. This, in turn, helps prevent future tooth loss.

Second, dental implants are a great investment in your future health and appearance. With proper care and routine visits to the dentist, your implant-supported bridge could last for years. It is very easy to care for your restoration, and you will simply have to brush and floss regularly.

Finally, implant-supported bridges look and feel extremely natural. Because they are a permanent part of your oral structure, they will never slip out of place, so you can speak normally and eat a wide variety of foods. Additionally, these restorations will be custom-crafted to match your surrounding teeth, and they will sit flush against your gums. Thanks to this advanced fabrication and placement, your implants will be virtually identical to your natural teeth.

Schedule Your Consultation

Contact 4Excellence in Dentistry to schedule an appointment and find out how an implant-supported bridge can restore your smile.