Dental Bridges Riverhead NY

Dental Bridges An Overview

Replacing missing teeth is important for restoring both long term dental health and the aesthetics of your smile. There are several choices for today’s patients, all of which can offer natural looking results that will bring back – and often improve- full function for the enjoyment of a normal diet and speech.

At Bella Smiles in Riverhead and Roslyn, NY, Dr. Sal Lotardo offers you the best that modern dentistry has to offer when it comes to tooth replacement, including dental bridges. A dental bridge can be used to replace one or several consecutive missing teeth. Your dental bridge can be permanently secured for a comfortable and confident smile.

Dental bridges are secured by either existing teeth on either side or dental implants. When existing teeth are used, a dental crown is typically placed to add strength and ensure a lasting restoration.

Implant Supported Bridge

Dr. Lotardo can use a dental bridge that is secured to dental implants to replace several consecutive missing teeth. This is an option for patients who want a more permanent option and who do not want to damage perfectly healthy teeth to get a bridge placed. Traditional bridgework is secured with dental crowns that are placed over the adjacent teeth. Those teeth will need to be grinded down to accommodate the crowns. You are essentially damaging perfectly healthy teeth to replace the missing teeth. By using implants to have the bridge placed, the surrounding teeth will stay intact.

For a single missing tooth, instead of traditional bridgework, we recommend replacing it with an implant supported crown. This will avoid damaging the healthy adjacent teeth. Implants promote continued bone growth in your jaw thus preventing bone loss and gum recession. An implant will actually replace the tooth root which will provide stimulation for the bone to prevent it from shrinking.

Dental Bridges What to Expect

The dental bridge procedure will begin with a consultation to assess your dental health and plan your treatment. Depending on the health of your existing teeth, the decision will be made to place dental crowns or use dental implants to secure the bridge. The goal of treatment is a dental bridge that will last for many years, providing natural function and supporting your long term oral health.

For a traditional bridge, Dr. Lotardo will prepare the abutment teeth for crown placement. He will then take dental impressions that will be used to fabricate your restoration. Once it is ready, you will return to our Riverhead dentist office where the bridge will be cemented into place.

Dr. Lotardo will explain all aspects of your dental bridge procedure and ensure that when you visit with us you feel comfortable during your treatment. If dental implants are being placed to secure the bridge, all phases of treatment can be performed in the comfort of our Riverhead dentist office. This makes treatment both more convenient and consistent for a predictable result. The first step in the implant process is to have the implants surgically placed into your jaw bone. After a three to six months of healing, Dr. Lotardo will be able to connect the bridge to the implants.

Schedule a Consultation

If you have missing teeth, we offer dental bridges in our Roslyn, NY and Riverhead, NY office. Schedule an appointment today with Dr. Sal Lotardo at Bella Smiles. We will discuss your oral health, concerns, and budget to see what missing teeth option is right for you.

Dr. Salvatore Lotardo

Why choose Bella Smiles?

Dr. Salvatore Lotardo is a highly experienced and trained dentist who takes pride in the lasting relationships he has built with patients. Our family friendly dentist offices in Riverhead and Roslyn, NY are your local dental home for maintaining, restoring or enhancing your natural smile. Dr. Lotardo and our team of dental professionals provide personalized care for all of your dental health needs and desires.

Bella Smiles offers comprehensive cosmetic and restorative dentistry to address dental concerns that affect the health or aesthetics of your smile. Dr. Lotardo is an Accredited Member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) and remains committed to providing the latest treatment options using quality materials and advanced technology.