Crowns & Fixed Bridges in New York

Fixed Bridges

A fixed bridge is a precision crafted appliance that replaces the space where there is loss of one or more teeth; it is cemented in place and cannot be removed from the mouth. This restoration prevents shifting and tilting of teeth, and helps support the lips and cheeks; it also creates a balanced dentition that maintains the natural shape of your face while increasing your ability to chew properly.

Inserted Bridge

This balance prevents unusual stress to the jaw muscles that may occur when there is tooth loss. Fixed bridges are structured to fit flawlessly and appear naturally. A fixed bridge is created by preparing (shaving down) a natural tooth on either side of the missing tooth (or teeth). An impression is then taken of the area and sent to the dental laboratory where they will fabricate the restoration for the patient.

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Extensive damage resulting from decay or trauma limits the ability to restore teeth routinely by utilizing filling materials. Crowns are placed to strengthen, reinforce, and improve the appearance of a tooth due to fracture, oversized fillings or extensive decay; they often are indicated to restore a tooth to its normal shape, size, and function because they are durable, long lasting, and natural in appearance.

Zirconia crowns, which are metal free, provide a whiter, brighter, more translucent quality than other dental crowns. These ceramic crowns most closely match the appearance and aesthetics of natural teeth. Crystal zirconia is biocompatible. The body accepts the presence of zirconia as a natural material with no worry about allergies or adverse reactions. Zirconia crowns provide patients with the highest quality dental restorations possible.

Maintaining the longevity of crowns and bridges depends on proper oral hygiene which includes regular brushing, flossing, and the use of a water pick.

Preventing plaque and calculus build-up will keep the gingival tissue proximal to the restorations healthy. Habits such as chewing ice, grinding teeth, and eating brittle foods will compromise the fit and structure of both crowns and bridges.