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The dentists at Old Greenwich Dental Associates have transformed over 15,000 happy smiles. Some of these smiles have been transformed with the help of dental bridges. Come experience Old Greenwich Dental Associates! You will see we offer state-of-the-art dental bridges in Old Greenwich, CT, Cos Cob, CT, Darien, CT, New Canaan, CT, Greenwich, CT, Stamford, CT, Port Chester, NY, Rye Brook, NY and Rye, NY – and we do it with a smile!
Learn more about dental bridges and how they can transform your smile.
Simply put, a dental bridge is a permanent dental restoration that can replace your lost tooth or teeth. You may be surprised to learn, though, that dental bridges come with numerous benefits beyond filling a missing tooth gap and improving your smile’s aesthetic appearance. For example, a dental bridge can restore your chewing and speaking ability. It can also prevent your other teeth from drifting out of position. Dental bridges can even help to maintain your overall facial shape!
As with almost all dental restorations, there are many types of dental bridges that you can choose from, and our Old Greenwich dentist can help you make the best choice. The most traditional bridge, which consists of porcelain fused to metal, is also the most popular, mainly because porcelain resembles your natural tooth color. With this type of dental bridge, two dental crowns are placed over two anchoring (abutment) teeth, and these dental crowns are then attached to your new artificial tooth or teeth (pontics). In this way, the gap created by a missing tooth or by missing teeth is filling in with natural-looking new teeth. Fixed dental bridges can last for several years before needing to be replaced or re-cemented.
Getting a fixed dental bridge usually requires two or more visits. During your first visit, our Old Greenwich dentist will numb your teeth and then prepare the anchoring (abutment) teeth on each side of the gap by removing a portion of enamel. This will create room on each tooth for a dental crown. Next, we will make a highly accurate impression (or mold) of your teeth, which will be sent to a dental laboratory for help in creating your permanent dental bridge. Finally, we will provide you with a temporary dental bridge, which you will wear to help protect your teeth and smile while you wait for your final, permanent bridge to be created.
Several weeks later, you will return for your next visit to receive your new permanent bridge. Your dentist will carefully check, adjust, and cement your dental bridge to ensure it has a proper fit. Occasionally, a patient’s bridge will be attached with temporary cement only, allowing extra time for the teeth and tissue to get used to the new dental bridge. If this happens, we will have you schedule a third appointment for your new dental bridge to be permanently cemented at a later date.
To learn more about porcelain fixed bridges and other types of dental bridges at Old Greenwich Dental Associates, call 203.637.0665. To use our online appointment request form, click here. New patients can enjoy our Old Greenwich Dental Consultation, which includes a dental exam, x-rays, and treatment plan – all FREE! If you would also like to have a dental cleaning at that time, we offer a special rate of $97. We look forward to seeing you!