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According to The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, statistics show that 69% of adults aged 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth due to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal, or tooth decay. Furthermore, by age 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth. Thankfully, in the hands of our experienced dentists like Dr. Augenbaum and Dr. Koschitzki, your gap toothed smile can quickly become whole again with the use of a dental bridge. Simply put, a dental bridge is a replacement for a missing tooth. Unlike a dental implant, a bridge is an immediate cosmetic solution that does not require surgery and can restore your smile for years to come.

By age 74, 26% of adults have lost all of their permanent teeth.

What Are The Benefits to A Dental Bridge?

If you’ve lost a tooth, but aren’t ready to commit to a dental implant, then a dental bridge is your next best option. Dental bridges are a series of dental crowns that span the gap left after a tooth is lost or extracted. To ensure a comfortable and seamless fit, we first take impressions of the area. These will be used by experienced technicians at our partner dental lab who will hand-craft your restoration. Your dental bridge will be made from high-quality materials and color-matched to look natural alongside your existing teeth. The benefits of dental bridges include:

Understanding Your Dental Bridge Options

At Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry, we provide multiple dental bridge options to fit every patient needs to replace missing teeth.
The most common situation where a bridge can be employed is a tooth missing between two other healthy teeth. This is easily resolved with a traditional dental bridge that spans or “bridges” the gap between the two existing teeth. It involves the creation of two crowns which slip over the two healthy teeth on each side of the gap and a replacement tooth in between called a pontic. The healthy teeth are prepared for their role as “abutment” or anchor teeth by having some of their enamel removed to allow the crown to fit over them easily. The three tooth dental bridge is then cemented into place, and the gap is gone. This is referred to as a fixed dental bridge because it’s non-removable. The life span of a fixed dental bridge is between five and fifteen years.

A similar result can be achieved with a removable bridge that is similar to the fixed dental bridge but is not cemented in place. It’s generally a more affordable alternative and is held in place by machined metal clips. It is somewhat less convenient in that it needs to be regularly removed to be cleaned and requires more hands-on diligence to maintain proper dental hygiene. However, it’s an attractive, reliable alternative and with proper care, will provide years of use. In Suffolk County, New York, Dr. Augenbaum and Dr. Koschitzki provide the guidance and answers you will need to help decide which dental bridge is best suited to your needs.

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Dental Implants Vs Dental Bridges: What Is the Difference?

Though both dental implants and bridges are sound, functional options to correct missing teeth, it is important to note that bridges are not permanent. Although durable, dental bridges will eventually need to be replaced. They may also be prone to periodontal complications due to slightly greater difficulty in cleaning and flossing under the bridge and between the supporting abutment teeth, which must be kept healthy to support the crown between them. For those who need to replace missing teeth and want a permanent solution rather than the fixed or removable dental bridge, a dental implant is the best option. It is similar to a crown in which the root of a damaged tooth is capped with a porcelain “crown.” However, a dental implant is used when there is not enough root on which to affix a crown. The implant is made of a titanium post that is screwed into the jaw which then becomes the root to which a crown or replacement tooth is affixed. It is natural looking; it is maintained just as you would a normal tooth with regular brushing and flossing, and it is permanent. Once implanted, it becomes a flawless and permanent part of your smile. However, not everyone is a good candidate for implants since a tooth implant requires enough bone mass in the jaw to hold the titanium post. Such cases may be corrected with bone grafting, an oral surgical procedure which our team at Long Island Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry provide.
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How Much Do Dental Bridges Cost?

We know when choosing a restorative dentist, one of your first questions is “Do you take my insurance?” The next is, “How much will this cost?” We offer competitive pricing for dental bridges in Huntington and Rocky Point, NY offices in Suffolk County and conveniently partner with multiple leading insurance providers. The unique cost of your dental bridge will depend on a few factors including the number of teeth treated and the material you choose. We’ll break this down during a personalized consultation and can even discuss dental financing options for comfortable monthly payments. Receive custom dental bridges from our seasoned dental team and restore your oral health, attractive look, and dental function!

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