Porcelain Bridgework Fills the Gaps and Blends Right In

By Dental Arts of Englewood
August 24, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental BridgesYour Englewood, NJ cosmetic dentist can seamlessly incorporate an artificial tooth into your smile.


If you are dealing with tooth loss, you're also likely looking for the right treatment to fit your dental needs. Your Englewood, NJ cosmetic dentist Dr. Mark Docktor offers a multitude of treatment options to replace your tooth and help you regain a full smile. That’s why porcelain dental bridges can be a great and inexpensive way to replace one or more missing teeth without anyone even noticing.


What is a dental bridge?


A dental bridge is an oral appliance used to fill the space where a tooth once was. A dental bridge consists of two dental crowns on either side with a false tooth in the middle. The false tooth, or 'pontic,' can be made from a variety of different materials like gold or porcelain. The two dental crowns are custom-designed to slip over the neighboring teeth and anchor the bridge into place.


How will my Englewood, NJ dentist place my dental bridge?


Since the dental crowns are placed over healthy natural teeth, the teeth will need to be prepared beforehand. This requires your Englewood dentist to shave down parts of your tooth’s enamel to accommodate the crown. Then impressions will be made of your tooth and these measurements will then be sent to a dental lab where they will make your custom dental crown and bridge. In the meantime, you will be given a temporary bridge to wear. A dental bridge usually takes about a week to complete.


During your second visit, we will remove the temporary bridge and cement the two crowns to your teeth. In two simple trips, you could get the replacement tooth you need to give you back your smile.


How do I care for my dental bridge?


Even though a bridge is made from an artificial material, you should still treat it like a natural tooth. This means brushing and flossing your bridge to make sure plaque and food doesn’t build up and cause complications for your smile. By flossing daily and brushing twice a day, you can keep tooth decay and gum disease from causing more extensive tooth loss.


How long do porcelain bridges last?


When properly cared for, dental bridges can last anywhere from five to 15 years, or even longer. The best way to boost your bridge’s longevity is to maintain good oral hygiene and to continue seeing your Englewood dentist for routine checkups.


Want to find out if dental bridges are right for your smile? Then it’s time to call your Englewood, NJ dentist to schedule a consultation. Let Dental Arts of Englewood give you a smile to be proud of!