Missing teeth can cause more problems than just affecting your self-confidence, such as difficulty speaking normally to difficulty eating and poor nutrition. There are several cosmetic dental treatments to replace missing teeth, and one of the most common options is the dental bridge.
Washington, DC dentist Dr. Christopher Banks uses dental bridges as a solution for patients with missing teeth. Learn how a dental bridge may be the right tooth replacement option for you.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a series of prosthetic teeth that are linked together to replace missing teeth in a smile. This prosthesis fills the gap left by a missing tooth and is supported on either side by the surrounding healthy teeth.
The teeth that support the artificial replacement tooth, called the pont, must be prepared first. These teeth, referred to as the abutment, require crowns, or caps, that allow them to support the pont. The completed prosthesis crosses over the gap in your teeth just like a bridge spanning a canyon.
Building a Bridge
Dental bridges can be used to cover a gap between more than one missing tooth. If you have several missing teeth in a row, a longer prosthesis can be created to span the whole gap.
To prepare the abutment, your dentist will remove the enamel from the healthy surrounding teeth, creating enough space for the crown to fit over and cover them. These crowns support the false tooth, the pont, in between. The pont is simply another crown without a living tooth underneath.
What to Expect
Bridgework usually requires two visits to the dentist’s office. At the first visit, your abutment teeth will be prepared under local anesthetic, and molds of these teeth are taken to prepare models of your teeth to construct the crowns. A temporary bridge will be placed during this first visit.
When the permanent bridge is ready, it will be permanently placed during the second visit. You may need some time to adjust to a new feeling in your mouth, but eventually you won’t notice your dental bridge.
Caring for your Bridge
Crowned teeth require the same conscientious care as your other teeth. Be sure to brush twice daily and floss every day to reduce the build-up of dental plaque. It is even more important to schedule regular cleanings with your dental provider if you have a bridge. A well-cared-for bridge can last for a long time with proper care.
Dental Bridges in Chevy Chase, MD
Capital Cosmetic Dentistry of Chevy Chase, MD can help you look your best. Dental bridges have been around for a long time and can help you restore balance and functionality to your smile. Schedule your dental bridges consultation online today or call us at 202.769.0324.