If you’re missing one of your permanent teeth, a dental bridge can restore your smile and make chewing, biting, and smiling easier. At Master Dental in Astoria, Queens, general dentist Konstantine Malafis, DDS, regularly uses several types of dental bridges to restore his patients’ smiles. To see if you’re a candidate, request your appointment at his New York City-based practice today by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling tool.
A dental bridge is an oral prosthetic used to close a gap or space in your smile. There are several types of dental bridges, but they all feature the same basic structure: one artificial tooth (pontic), supported by dental crowns or a metal framework. The artificial tooth mimics the color and light-reflecting properties of your natural tooth enamel, ensuring your bridge blends in with the rest of your smile.
At Master Dental, Dr. Malafis offers a range of dental bridges, including:
Traditional dental bridges
A traditional dental bridge features one or more artificial teeth and two dental crowns. Bridges can be porcelain fused to metal or all porcelain and Dr. Malafis will advise as to which is appropriate.
Implant-supported bridges are attached to dental implants. Dental implants are small, metal posts placed into the spaces where your missing teeth once were. Implant-supported bridges take the longest amount of time, but they’re also the longest lasting.
To determine the type of dental bridge you’ll most benefit from, make an appointment with Dr. Malafis. Following an oral exam, a review of your medical history, and a discussion of your goals for treatment, Dr. Malafis can make a recommendation that aligns with your individual needs.
Don’t let one or more missing teeth prevent you from smiling confidently. If you’re interested in learning more about dental bridges, request an appointment at Master Dental today by calling the office or clicking the online scheduling tool.