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340 Madison Avenue, Suite 4C
New York, NY 10173
Telephone: 212-687-1983

All of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing
and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Tooth loss
doesn't necessarily have to occur as you age, but if you do lose
teeth, they must be replaced to maintain proper function of
your mouth. Fortunately, there are options for correcting tooth
A bridge is a device used to replace missing teeth. It attaches
artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth.
Bridges are either permanently attached by cement or bonding,
or they can be removable. Removable bridges are attached to
the teeth with clasps.
Fixed bridges are applied by either placing crowns on the
abutment teeth or by bonding the artificial teeth directly to
the abutment teeth.
What is a bonded bridge? A maryland bridge (fixed
partial denture) is a device which fills the gap where teeth are
absent. Maryland bridges are bonded into place by utilizing
existing teeth and can only be removed by a dentist. The
advantages of a maryland bridge are that the adjacent teeth
are not cut down and the cost is less expensive.
How is a fixed bridge attached? The entire procedure usually takes two to three appointments to complete. At the first appointment, Dr. Sarett will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by removing a portion of the enamel and dentin. Next, a highly accurate impression is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks. At the next visit the permanent bridge will be inserted. Occasionally, Dr. Sarett may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your tissue time to get used to the new bridge.
What materials are used? Bridges can be constructed from traditional hi-noble gold alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Furthermore, clinically proven non-metallic materials such as zirconia and composite may be used for individual applications. The primary concern of any restoration is twofold: function and aesthetics.
How do I take care of my bridge? A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. This is of critical importance as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.