Bridges Specialist

New City Dental Care

Paul S Kim, DDS

Cosmetic & General Dentist located in Jersey City Heights, Jersey City, NJ

If you’re missing one or several teeth in a row, a bridge can restore your smile, allowing you to bite, chew, and speak confidently. At New City Dental Care, cosmetic and general dentist Paul Kim, DDS, uses bridges to replace missing permanent teeth. To make an appointment at the practice in Jersey City, New Jersey, call the office or book online.

Bridges Q&A

What are dental bridges?

Bridges are dental restorations that fill a gap in your smile. They feature one or several artificial teeth held in place with crowns or a supportive metal framework. 

In addition to replacing missing teeth, bridges lower the risk of potentially serious oral health problems, including gum recession, bone loss, and loose teeth. 

What are the types of bridges?

Dr. Kim offers several types of dental bridges:


A traditional dental bridge has a single artificial tooth and two dental crowns. Dr. Kim bonds the crowns on top of the two teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. 


A Maryland bridge is very similar to a traditional bridge. The only real difference is that a metal framework instead of dental crowns holds it in place. Dr. Kim bonds the framework to the back of the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile.


If you’re missing several teeth in a row, Dr. Kim might recommend a cantilever bridge. A cantilever bridge only needs one healthy tooth for support; a single dental crown holds it in place.


An implant-retained bridge attaches to a dental implant, a metal post in your gum that fuses to your jaw bone. Of all the bridge types, implant-retained are the toughest and longest-lasting.

What does getting a dental bridge involve?

Getting a dental bridge takes two appointments spaced about a week apart.

During your first appointment, Dr. Kim conducts an oral exam and reviews your dental health history. Then, he takes oral X-rays to assess the condition of your teeth, gums, and jaw. If everything appears healthy, Dr. Kim takes digital impressions. He sends your impressions to a dental laboratory that creates a custom bridge.

About a week later, you return to New City Dental Care. Dr. Kim lines up the bridge with the gap in your smile and bonds it in place. Then, he polishes your teeth and provides you with care instructions.

How long do bridges last?

Bridges last between 12-15 years, but it’s possible to extend their lifespan with good oral hygiene. Dr. Kim recommends brushing and flossing daily and visiting the dentist at least twice a year for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning.

To prevent chips, cracks, or other damage to your bridge, avoid bad habits like nail-biting or chewing on ice and wear a mouthguard if you play contact sports like football or hockey.

To learn more about bridges, make an appointment at New City Dental Care by calling the office or using the online booking tool.