Dental Bridge Specialist

Cosmetic and Reconstructive Dentistry of New York

Jessica A. Pandich, DDS

Prosthodontist & General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Midtown, New York, NY

For patients who are missing multiple teeth, a dental bridge can provide a lasting solution. At Cosmetic and Reconstructive Dentistry of New York, Dr. Jessica A. Pandich offers bridgework as one of many restorative dental choices near Bryant Park and Grand Central in Midtown Manhattan.

Dental Bridge Q & A

What are the advantages of a dental bridge?

When a patient has lost multiple teeth, the impact is often significant. Missing teeth make it difficult to perform the normal functions of the mouth, including speech and chewing. In addition, missing teeth affect a person's overall appearance, which can reduce their confidence. A dental bridge is a cost-effective means of replacing missing teeth and gives patients the ability to maintain the shape of their face and properly distribute the force used to chew food. In addition, having bridgework completed can arrest any positional drift of the remaining natural teeth. Dental bridges are one of the most affordable options for replacing lost teeth, which is why many people seek bridgework over more permanent solutions.

What is the process of having a dental bridge installed?

The process begins with a comprehensive assessment of the patient’s overall dental health. If it is determined that a dental bridge is a viable solution, the patient will come in to have the surrounding teeth prepared, which involves reshaping the teeth and removing a portion of the enamel so a crown, or cap, can be installed over the remaining tooth structure. An impression of the teeth will be made and then sent to a lab where the bridge will be crafted. Once the device is received by the dentist, the patient will return for installation, which includes placing the bridge in position and anchoring it to the remaining natural teeth. In some cases, patients will return to have the positioning checked and adjusted, as needed.

Are there any drawbacks to dental bridgework?

Patients should understand that dental bridgework is not a permanent solution for missing teeth. While the initial investment is lower than obtaining implants, the components of a dental bridge will wear over time and will require maintenance and replacement. In addition, if the patient loses more teeth, the remaining natural teeth are likely to shift, which will impact the fit and positioning of bridgework. In some cases, the cost of continued care will make bridgework a more expensive option than initially presumed.