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John Pietruszka DDS | Bridges in Staten Island


John F. Pietruszka DDS

Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

Implant Prosthetics

1870 Richmond Road

Staten Island, NY 10306

Phone (718) 987-2303  Fax (718) 987-2533

Email: [email protected]



John Pietruszka DDS in Staten Island NY

Dental bridges are an excellent solution to replace missing teeth. The existing teeth are used to create a span to bridge the area where the tooth is missing. Bridges can be made from gold, metal alloys, or porcelain to insure that they are strong and durable.

The process of fabricating a bridge begins by shaping abutments out of the existing teeth to which the bridge will be attached. The existing teeth are recontoured to provide a retentive base for the bridge. After the abutments have been shaped, an impression is taken of the area and sent to a dental lab. The lab is able to use the impression to fabricate a bridge that will fit properly and feel the same as the natural teeth. The bridge consists of two crowns on the abutment teeth and a pontic (the new tooth that replaces the missing tooth).

A temporary bridge is necessary while waiting for the lab to craft the permanent bridge. This will protect the abutments and the exposed gum areas, and look more appealing than a missing tooth. When the permanent bridge has been created, there is a follow up visit to fit and cement the bridge. It is usually cemented onto the abutments with strong dental cement containing fluoride.

The new bridge may take a little while to get used to, but after a few days it will feel like you have your own teeth back again. It is best to eat soft foods for the first few days after having your bridge placed. After the initial phase, you will be able to eat whatever you like with no restrictions.

If a patient has lost a tooth/teeth they should strongly consider having it replaced. Besides the aesthetic disadvantage of missing a tooth, structural changes can occur to the mouth, bite, and jaw. It may also be difficult to eat and speak properly.

It is important for patients to realize that bridges are a fixed permanent restoration, and are NOT removable dentures.

Special instructions will be given to maintain proper hygiene under and around the artificial pontic tooth.

Staten Island Dentist | Bridges. John Pietruszka is a Staten Island Dentist.