New York Family Dental Arts

(212) 628-3300

340 E 72nd St, New York, NY 10021


Dental bridges are used as a  a fixed dental restoration that dentists use that allow them to replace one or more missing teeth. This allows them to join an artificial tooth properly to adjacent teeth or dental implants in the form of an implant denture. 


What  exactly is a dental bridge and how does it work?


 A dental bridge is a replacement option for a lost tooth. The ‘bridge’ is so-called because it adheres to the teeth on either side of the space left from the missing tooth, to create a seamless connector covering the gap. This is a cosmetic dental prosthesis requiring minimal invasive treatment to attach. It is a permanent, fixed dental prosthetic, that stays in place and is not removed for cleaning and brushing. Loosing a tooth can be a worrying experience to anyone as well as to your dental well-being. It is a fact that when you lose a tooth there is as much as twenty-five percent of the bone around the area of the lost tooth that will recede within a year of the loss. Unfortunately without something being done, the bone can continues to recede. The areas around the teeth can also be a breeding ground for micro organisms and a gathering location for food particles. The distance bewteen your teeth can additionally allow present teeth to grow out of position over time.


The process of filling these gaps is crucial for your dental well-being as well as preserving your smile. At New York Family Dental Arts, we recommend dental bridges as a procedure for patients that have missing teeth and are not willing to do dental implants. For patients that are willing to replace two or more sequential teeth, the use of a dental bridge can be an acceptable and beneficial way to replace them. For those that require a more substantial or robust aesthetic we reccomend an implant denture which is another type of bridge. Your dental bridge will help to retain a proper smile, will help your teeth and gums from bacteria, prevent meal particles from gathering and allow you a full smile you can be proud of.




There are many types of additional bridges. There are cantilever bridges, Maryland bounded bridges and partial denture bridges. Traditional dental bridges are the most common and involve making a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth. Cantilever dental bridges are the least common and are used for when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth. 



Finally, Maryland bonded bridges are made of porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal, which are bonded to your existing teeth. As you can see, whatever the issue, our dentists Dr Alex Vaiman and Dr. Irina Kessler have a dental bridge for you.




 Dental bridges are very durable, as they can last 5 to 15 years and even longer. Like dental implants, if you practice good oral hygiene, dental bridges should last longer. With proper care, they typically last over 10 years. It is especially important to practice good oral hygiene since the success of the dental bridge depends on the foundation offered by the surrounding teeth. Therefore, you must keep your teeth healthy and strong by brushing and flossing daily. It is also advised to follow a balanced diet to prevent cavities and tooth decay, as well as see our NYC or Westchester dentists for check-ups regularly. Is a bridge better than a denture? Dentures are an excellent, affordable option for those who like the appearance of a full set of attractive teeth, and the convenience of being able to remove for cleaning. 


How is a dental bridge fixed in place? 

A dental bridge is crafted in a laboratory, to replace and where there is scope, improve on the original tooth. The teeth flanking the space the bridge is filling will be filed slightly, to create a prepared surface for the ceramic bridge to adhere to. These teeth serve as the abutments for the dental bridge. While a permanent ceramic bridge is being fabricated in the lab, and the teeth adapted to accommodate the new fixture, a temporary bridge will be fitted in place to cover the area and conceal ongoing work. 


Are there drawbacks to having a dental bridge? 

A dental bridge will provide an attractive and very secure substitute for teeth that have been damaged, knocked out, or lost through decay. They look identical (or better) than natural teeth, and feel smooth and comfortable in the mouth. A dental bridge is an incredibly strong and resilient piece of fixed dental apparatus, capable of lasting around 15 years. After that time, it is possible you will see some deterioration of its appearance, and start to again consider your tooth replacement choices, or a new bridge. The crucial difference between a dental bridge and a dental implant is that the bridge uses neighboring teeth as an anchor, while the implant is surgically embedded in the jawbone. Because of this, a bridge will not prevent shrinkage of the bone around the area, while an implant can retain the bone’s density and form. Once an implant is in place, the patient can have a good degree of confidence that it will last a lifetime, whereas a bridge is likely to require revision or renewal at some stage in the patient’s life. 



Is an implant better than a bridge? 

A dental implant is the superior tooth replacement, though some patients are not ready for a lengthy treatment plan, requiring surgical work and considerable recovery time. A dental bridge can be crafted and fitted in a relatively short time frame, and last for many years. Patients, who later decide on implants, sometimes opt for a bridge first. Can I have tooth whitening or Invisalign with a dental bridge? Tooth whitening products will not lift the color of a dental bridge, however it may be possible to receive this treatment before fitting your bridge, so that your bridge is matched to your lightened shade. Invisalign is sometimes possible with a dental bridge, though you will require a dental exam and assessment to determine the teeth’s position before embarking on a course of straightening aligners. 




An ill-fitting bridge can causes tooth decay formation underneath the dental crown. Your abutment teeth will have to be compromised to accommodate the dental crowns during the preparation of your dental bridge. The restoration will collapse if your abutment teeth do not have the strength. 



Fixed scaffolds are an incredible method to reestablish your dental well being and appearance.


 What exactly is a dental bridge or fixed partial denture?

 A bridge (fixed fractional dental replacement) is a gadget which fills the hole where the teeth are missing. Fixed bridges are secured into place and must be evacuated by a dental expert. Removable extensions or bridges, as the name infers, can be taken out and cleaned. Fixed extensions offer more strength than their detachable partners. 


Why do I need a dental bridge? 


You may be misisng a few front teeth and your are reluctant to have dental implants placed. Expanded danger of gum illness has demonstrated to be one of the most exceedingly awful reactions of missing teeth and can be limited with a bridge. Lost teeth can cause speech disarrays as they are utilized to make a significant number of the sounds we use to talk plainly. What materials are used for dental bridges? Bridges can be developed from gold composites, non-valuable compounds, porcelain, or a blend of these materials. Porcelain is frequently clung to either valuable or non-valuable metal. 


How do I take care of my bridge?


 A severe routine of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and encompassing teeth clean. This is of basic significance as the bridge depends the neighboring teeth for help.



What is the next step if I am looking for a dental bridge? The next step is to make an appointment to see Dr Alex Vaiman or Dr. Irina Kessler and they will discuss the suitability of a bridge as opposed to other treatments as an alternative. Once they are convinced that you are a candidate for a dental bridge they will propose a treatment planm and begin the process of creating a dental bridge for you. To schedule an appointment with Dr Alex Vaiman or Dr. Irina Kessler call us at (212) 628-3300 or click on the appointment button above to request an appointment online.