Missing teeth can often lead to more serious problems in the mouth and jaw; patients may have a hard time chewing food, they may develop TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder, or get more cavities from the extra oral crevices. Manhattan cosmetic and implant dentist Dr. Jason Kasarsky uses dental bridges to help secure false teeth in their position and minimize further damage to the mouth. Dental bridges are a prosthetic device used to bridge the gap between one or more missing teeth. Using crowns on either side of the missing tooth or teeth as anchors, the pontic (false tooth) is cemented between the crowns, to support and stabilize the bridge. The end result is a flawless, natural-looking smile.
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"There is a reason why after many years and moving far away I STILL make the long drive to see Dr Kasarsky. He is knowledgeable and takes great pride in his craft. Add in a great personality and the friendliest office staff in all of Manhattan, and you have a formula for the best dental experience hands down."- ED / Office Visit / Dec 05, 2017
What Are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?
Missing teeth can pose a massive problem for sustained oral health. With dental bridges administered by Dr. Kasarky, you can prevent consequences like tooth shifting, jaw problems, your facial structure changing shape, and issues with chewing and speaking. Benefits of dental bridges may include:
- Producing a natural-looking smile
- Halting or preventing bone loss or movement in the mouth
- Keeping teeth from shifting
- Repairing issues with speaking and/or eating
- Durable materials are used
- A more comfortable and stable alternative to partial dentures
Am I a Candidate for Dental Bridges?
Each dental bridge treatment will begin with a comprehensive exam and consultation, which will provide Dr. Kasarsky with the information needed to determine whether you may be a suitable candidate for a dental bridge. Generally speaking, candidates for dental bridge treatment:
- Have multiple missing teeth in a row
- Have healthy teeth on either side of the gap that can support a bridge (or healthy bone structure and gum tissue in the case of implant-supported bridges)
- Do not smoke
- Are in good overall health
Patients who may not be candidates for dental implants or implant-supported restorations can often use dental bridges anchored to the adjacent teeth to help restore a more complete, attractive, and functional smile.
Patients usually need to make two visits for their dental bridge procedure. During the first visit, the abutment teeth (anchors) are prepared by filing down the teeth to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Impressions of the teeth are then made to help make the bridge in a dental laboratory. Patients will be provided with a temporary bridge to wear in order to protect their exposed teeth. During their second visit, the dentist will remove the temporary bridge and the custom-made bridge will be installed, checked, and adjusted as necessary. Patients may need to schedule multiple visits over the next few weeks to check the framework of the bridge as well as adjust the patient’s bite for comfort.
Estimate of Cost
The cost of a dental bridge varies depending on the amount of bridges needed, the materials used, and the severity of the patient’s case. The average cost of a dental bridge is between $1,100 - $1,500 per tooth. Most dental insurance companies cover up to half of the cost of dental bridges, but our office will contact the patient’s insurance prior to treatment to determine their exact coverage.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Men and women who have missing teeth are considered the best candidates for dental bridges. Missing teeth can lead to a number of dental and physical health concerns such as periodontal disease, TMJ disorder, and compromised chewing efficiency.
How Long Do Bridges Last?
With good oral hygiene and regular dentist visits, dental bridges last an average of 5 - 15 years, but some may last longer.
Special Care for Bridges?
It is important to maintain a healthy dental regimen to ensure the strength of the bridge and remaining teeth. This means brushing twice a day, daily flossing, and scheduling regular dental cleanings and exams.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- From $3,600
- Average Procedure Time
- 1 - 2 Visits
Bridge the Gap
Dr. Kasarsky is proud to offer a full range of cosmetic, restorative, and general dentistry treatments. Patients who suffer from missing teeth should contact our midtown Manhattan or White Plains office to schedule a consultation and learn more about their treatment options.