According to the American College of Prosthodontists, more than 36 million Americans don’t have any teeth, and 120 million are missing at least one tooth. If you fall into that category, then Nourhan Mekawy, DDS, at Island Smile Dental Group in Levittown, New York, can restore your smile and your ability to properly speak and chew through the use of dental bridges. To determine which type of bridge is best for you, call our office today.
A dental bridge helps restore your smile by bridging a gap caused by missing teeth. A bridge consists of two crowns called abutments located on the ends of the bridge and anchors onto your natural teeth. In between those two crowns are your false tooth or teeth called pontics.
Dr. Mekawy offers dental bridges at Island Smile Dental Group because they provide the following benefits:
The specific area of your jaw bone where your missing tooth should be can begin to atrophy resulting in possibly losing facial structure. Because of this, Dr. Mekawy recommends scheduling a consultation with her to determine if bridges are right for you.
Dr. Mekawy injects a local anesthetic at the procedure site to ensure you have a pain free experience. Following that, she reshapes and resizes your teeth that will serve as abutments and accommodate the crowns that hold the false teeth in place. The last step during your first visit is to take an impression of your prepared teeth to send to the dental laboratory.
While your bridge is being made, Dr. Mekawy installs a temporary bridge to protect your teeth and prevent sensitivity.
On your second visit to Island Smile Dental Group, Dr. Mekawy either cements your fixed bridge over the prepared teeth or properly adjusts your removable bridge to fit comfortably.
Bridges aren’t suitable for everyone. For a start, you must be in good oral health. This includes having healthy teeth on either side of the missing teeth to provide strong anchor points for the crowns to sit on. You also need a solid enough bone structure to support a dental implant.
You must also demonstrate that you practice good oral hygiene to maintain the bridge’s condition.
You must also be generally healthy, with no medical conditions that could put you at risk of complications from the dental procedures. If you have any concerns, speak with Dr. Mekawy before you move forward.
If you’re missing teeth and would like to learn more about how dental bridges can help you, call Island Smile Dental Group today.