New York City Dental Bridges
Restoring Your Smile
At Marc Lazare D.D.S., M.A.G.D., we offer dental bridges to patients who are missing a tooth or several teeth. Tooth loss can cause several problems ranging from oral health issues to self-consciousness and poor self-esteem. Fortunately, there are several restoration options available in cosmetic dentistry that allow patients to replace a missing tooth with a durable prosthetic and enjoy a better quality of life. One of these options is a dental bridge, which fills a gap between two adjacent teeth by anchoring a false tooth to these surrounding teeth.
Dr. Marc Lazare is one of the most renowned general and cosmetic dentists in the Upper East Side of New York City. He is pleased to offer dental bridges as an option to patients from all walks of life in Manhattan and the greater New York City area. Let’s take a closer look at what dental bridges are and how they can help patients restore their smiles and achieve optimal oral health.
What Is A Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is designed to replace one or more missing teeth. It is an artificial tooth that is secured into place and supported by surrounding natural teeth. Fortunately, a bridge looks and feels like a natural tooth and can allow patients to chew and eat normally. Also, a dental bridge may help patients speak without any issues, as bridges can fill in the gaps between teeth affecting positively the tongue’s placement and how patients sound.
The Benefits of Dental Bridges
There are several reasons patients may benefit from the placement of dental bridges. Perhaps the greatest benefit of dental bridges is the fact that they offer a natural look. Dr. Lazare is an advocate for dental bridges as an option to replace missing teeth because when patients speak, smile, or laugh, nobody will know that they have a dental bridge in their mouth.
Dental bridges are also nearly identical to natural teeth visually. Patients with bridges can eat their favorite foods and chew as they did before tooth loss, and caring for dental bridges is easy.
Dr. Lazare suggests that patients simply brush and floss their teeth every day as normal and visit the dentist regularly to ensure their bridges stay in tip-top shape. This restorative treatment does not require any special instructions or alter a patient’s lifestyle in any way.
Good Candidates for Dental Bridges
Most patients who are missing one or more teeth are eligible for dental bridges. Dental bridges are a wonderful option, especially when one is not a great candidate for replacing a tooth with a dental implant. Before performing a dental bridge procedure, Dr. Lazare makes sure that the patient has two healthy and strong teeth on each side of the missing tooth or teeth.
If Dr. Lazare determines a patient is not a good candidate for a dental bridge, he will recommend an alternative solution. A consultation is a great way for patients to find out if a dental bridge is right for them.
Q:What is a dental bridge?
A:Dental bridges are used to replace a missing tooth or teeth with permanent or removable fixtures. Dr. Lazare offers standard dental bridges, Maryland dental bridges, and removable dental bridges to patients in the New York City, NY area.
Q:Why are dental bridges necessary?
A:Some people incorrectly assume that a missing tooth is no big deal. Teeth can tilt and drift when there is no tooth adjacent or opposing them. This can cause the surrounding teeth to experience malocclusions or bite discomfort and sensitivity. A missing tooth can also be difficult to clean and lead to cavities and other serious health problems. Dental bridges are often the ideal way to resolve missing teeth and the problems that stem from them.
Q:What is the difference between dental bridges and crowns?
A:Sometimes, people use the terms dental bridge and crown interchangeably. The reality is they have different functions. Dental crowns are prosthetic caps that are placed over broken, chipped, or worn teeth. They are effective in strengthening the teeth and preventing tooth decay. Dental bridges are designed to bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth.
Q:How do dental bridges differ from dental implants?
A:Dental implants are implanted into the jawbone. Dental bridges differ in that they are supported by the natural teeth on both sides of the missing teeth/tooth.
Q:What is the lifespan of dental bridges?
A:If you take good care of your teeth, you can expect your dental bridge to last anywhere from 10 to 15 years and possibly many more years beyond, depending on how you care for them and how strong the supporting teeth were to begin with. You are welcome to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lazare if you believe you are in need of a new dental bridge.
Q:Is the dental bridge procedure painful?
A:Prior to a dental bridge procedure, Dr. Lazare will numb the area with a very strong numbing gel (topical anesthetic) and then administer the local anesthetic once the patient is already starting to feel numb from the gel so they are very comfortable. Dr. Lazare will test the area to make certain the patient is very numb and comfortable before starting any procedure.
Q:Will I have a hard time eating with a dental bridge?
A:Believe it or not, a dental bridge can make eating easier because it will allow you to chew without any issues. Dr. Lazare encourages dental bridge patients to eat softer foods first and they eat as they feel comfortable so they can gradually transition into eating like normal with their bridge.
Q:Are dental bridges costly?
A:As with any custom dental care, bridges can be relatively expensive. However, their benefits typically outweigh the costs for most patients. If you are concerned about paying for a dental bridge, know that our team will work with you to design a payment plan that comfortably aligns with your budget and lifestyle needs. Regardless of whether or not you have dental insurance, we’ll work with you to ensure this procedure is affordable. We believe that finances shouldn’t prevent you from finding a solution for your missing teeth.
Q:What is restorative dentistry?
A:You may hear us use the term “restorative dentistry” often. Restorative dentistry is a phrase that professionals in the dental world use when they explain how they replace teeth, or parts or teeth, that are damaged or missing. While bridges are one of the more common restorative procedures, there are also fillings, crowns, implants, porcelain veneers, dentures and the ultra conservative Biomimetic dental techniques that Dr. Lazare has mastered.
Q:Why choose Dr. Lazare for a dental bridge procedure
A:If you’re searching for an experienced, compassionate cosmetic dentist to place a dental bridge, look no further. Dr. Lazare has been featured in many dental journals and become know as dentists to NYC’s VIPs and celebrities, having supplied a variety of cosmetic and restorative dental treatments to celebrities such as Cindy Adams, Neil Sedaka, Jill Zarin, and Liza Minnelli. When you visit Dr. Lazare for a dental bridge consultation, you can expect him to take the time to thoroughly evaluate your mouth and determine what type of bridge is ideal for your situation. He will be there for you to answer any questions or address any concerns before, during, or after the procedure.
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