Dental Bridges Specialist

Edison Dental Health Center

David Illes, DDS

General Dentistry located in Edison, NJ

Dental bridges are a beneficial solution for replacing a missing tooth and can serve as alternatives if you’re not a candidate for a dental implant. Leading general dentist David Illes, DDS, provides natural-looking dental bridges at Edison Dental Health Center in Edison, New Jersey. Use the online scheduler to book your bridge examination or call the office to speak with a team member.

Dental Bridges Q & A

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is one of the most innovative solutions for replacing a lost tooth and preventing a shift in your bite. This permanent dental device involves attaching two crowns to either side of a prosthetic tooth. These two crowns are bonded to the surrounding teeth, so the prosthetic tooth fills in the gap.

Why should I get a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is often recommended if you’re missing a tooth, had a tooth pulled, or need an extraction. You should consider getting a dental bridge to:

  • Minimize issues with eating, swallowing, or speaking
  • Prevent teeth from shifting
  • Restore your smile
  • Maintain your bite

Plus, your dental bridge treatment from Edison Dental Health Center prevents pressure and wear-and-tear on your remaining teeth, so your natural teeth can remain as strong and healthy as possible.

What happens during a dental bridge procedure?

Your dental bridge procedure from Edison Dental Health Center begins with gathering impressions of your bite. These impressions are sent to a lab where your customized crown is made to match your current bite and teeth as closely as possible. Dr. Illes may also suggest getting X-rays to ensure your surrounding teeth are strong enough to support a bridge.

After taking impressions and gathering any essential X-rays, Dr. Illes numbs your gums and administers any requested sedation, such as nitrous oxide (laughing gas). Once you’re comfortable, he begins prepping your teeth that are going to surround your new prosthetic tooth — known as abutment teeth.

This process involves shaping your teeth to support your new bridge. After your abutment teeth are prepped, Dr. Illes takes measurements, gathers additional impressions, and uses a shade card to help you select the shade of your bridge to best match your natural teeth.

Dr. Illes then creates a temporary bridge or crowns to cover your abutment teeth to protect them. Your permanent bridge comes in from the lab after about two to three weeks. At this time, you come into Edison Dental Health Center for another visit so Dr. Illes can bond your bridge in place and make any essential adjustments.

If you’re in need of a dental bridge to restore your bite and smile, contact Edison Dental Health Center today. Schedule your visit either online or over the phone.