If you need to replace missing teeth or close spaces in a smile, Dr. Joseph Morris provides high-quality dental crowns and bridges at his Islip, NY, dental practice. As a cosmetic and restorative family dentist, Dr. Morris has extensive training and experience in crowns and bridges. He offers traditional and implant-supported bridges, as well as removable partial dentures. Find your happy, healthy smile by contacting us today.
Understanding Crowns and Bridges
Also called a dental bridge, a traditional crown and bridge is comprised of two dental crowns with one or more solid replacement teeth between them. The replacement teeth form a bridge, filling the space where a tooth or teeth are lost. Crowns on either end are attached to healthy, natural teeth to hold the bridge in place. Bridges can be affixed, or non-removable prosthetics. Dr. Morris offers both fixed bridges and removable partial dentures.
Types of Crowns and Bridges
All crowns and bridges replace missing teeth, however, there are a few different types of bridges available:
- Traditional bridge: A traditional dental bridge consists of a crown, one or more solid replacement teeth, and another crown. The bridge attaches to the mouth through permanent crowns, and is permanently fixed.
- Maryland bonded bridge: Also called a resin-bonded bridge, a Maryland bonded bridge is made of prosthetic gum tissue and is set on a metal or porcelain framework. It attaches to the mouth on structural wings that extend from either side. These wings are permanently bonded to your original teeth.
- Implant-supported bridge: While all other bridges rely on healthy teeth for support, implant-supported bridges are secured to implant posts which are independently anchored in the jawbone. If you prefer, a removable implant-supported partial denture may be used instead of a fixed bridge.
The Procedure Details
Patients should expect two appointments when having bridges placed. At your first appointment, we will prepare the affected teeth (if necessary) and take an impression for the dental lab. If you are having a traditional bridge placed, we will secure a temporary restoration to your prepared teeth.
The impression and design will be submitted to our dental lab. There, a trained and experienced technician will fabricate your bridge, based on Dr. Morris’ instructions, which will include shading information so that your prosthetic blends with your surrounding teeth. The bridge will arrive at our office in one to two weeks, at which time you will return for a visit.
You do not have to live with missing teeth. Your quality of life and overall oral health can be vastly improved through dental crowns and bridges.
Your second visit will involve removing the temporary, if one was placed. Dr. Morris will then secure the permanent bridge and check your bite to make sure that your upper and lower teeth fit together properly.
If you choose an implant-supported bridge, the second visit will involve dental implant placement. You will wear a temporary bridge for three to six months while your jaw bone integrates with the implant posts. After this period of healing, Dr. Morris will see you for a third visit. He will replace your temporary with the final restoration and provide instructions on its care and maintenance.
Schedule Your Consultation
You do not have to live with missing teeth. Your quality of life and overall oral health can be vastly improved through dental crowns and bridges. Contact us today to schedule your personal consultation with Dr. Joseph Morris.