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MediDental Care

Dental Clinics located in Queens, Astoria, NY

Replacing missing teeth is about more than improving your smile; it’s a vital step to preserving your oral health. The experienced MediDental Care dental team in Queens offers several options to replace missing teeth including dental bridges and implants. If you’re looking for high-quality and advanced dental solutions in Astoria, New York, call MediDental Care or schedule an appointment online today.

Bridge Q & A

What is a dental bridge?

Dental bridges replace one or several missing teeth. This procedure uses your surrounding teeth to support a bridge structure containing artificial teeth.

There are several types of bridges, such as:

  • Traditional: supported by crowns
  • Implant-supported: braced by implants
  • Maryland: held by a framework, not crowns or implants
  • Cantilever: supported in place on one side instead of two

 

Your bridge might be ceramic, metal, or porcelain depending on where it will be in your mouth and the function of the teeth you’re replacing.

What is a dental crown?

A dental crown is a cap or cover that permanently covers your tooth. In addition to supporting a bridge, you might need a crown for several reasons, including:

  • Covering a dental implant
  • Repairing decay or damage
  • Protecting a damaged tooth from additional harm
  • Improving your tooth’s shape, alignment, or appearance

 

Crowns come in several materials, including metal, ceramic, ceramic-on-metal, and zirconium. Your MediDental Care dentist makes recommendations on which option is best for your crown’s location.

Why is dental restoration important?

Missing teeth aren’t just a cosmetic issue; they can jeopardize your dental health. When you don’t replace missing teeth, your remaining teeth can shift. This shifting leads to structural changes that can cause a variety of problems, such as:

  • Affecting your speech
  • Distorting your face shape
  • Causing your bite to change
  • Interfering with your ability to chew
  • Increasing your risk of gum disease

 

Your teeth support and stimulate your jawbone. When your teeth are missing, your jawbone loses that stimulation. Failing to replace a missing tooth is also the primary cause of jawbone loss.

What can I expect during my appointment?

During your initial appointment, your skilled dentist examines your mouth to assess your oral health and determine the best dental bridge for your needs.

Bridges typically involve several steps and multiple appointments. First, your dentist prepares the supports to hold your bridge. Depending on your bridge type, this might include reshaping existing crowns or placing implants.

When your bridge support system is ready, your dentist takes impressions. They use your impressions to custom-make your bridge, so it fits securely. After your permanent bridge is available, your dentist secures it in place. With proper care, your bridge can last at least 10 years.

Call MediDental Care or schedule an appointment online today.

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