If you are missing a tooth or several teeth in a row, a dental bridge may be the cosmetic dentistry solution for you. Missing teeth can impact speech, chewing as well as self-confidence. A dental bridge is used to close or “bridge” the gap across an area of missing teeth. The adjacent teeth, also known as abutment teeth, are used to anchor the bridge in place. The bridge contains the prosthetic crowns (or false teeth) of the missing teeth. Dental bridges are supported by the natural teeth on either side of the bridge.
Dental bridges are a cosmetic dental solution that can completely restore your smile as well as the functionality of your bite. Other benefits of dental bridges include:
- Restoring the ability to properly chew food
- Redistribute the forces in your bite to create a healthy, functioning bite
- Maintain the shape of your face
- Limit the remaining teeth from drifting out of proper position
- Bridges are a fixed appliance that does not move or slide
If you have missing teeth, Fair Lakes Family and Cosmetic Dentistry can help determine if a dental bridge is the right cosmetic restoration for you. If you have any questions about dental bridges, please call (703) 273-4505.
WHAT TO EXPECT
A dental bridge requires at least two office visits to complete. Your dentist will recontour the abutment teeth by removing some of the enamel to prepare them for crowns. Impressions of the surrounding teeth will be required to precisely fabricate the bridge. Next, a temporary bridge will be placed until the permanent bridge is made in the lab.
At the next dental visit, your permanent bridge will be cemented into place. It is not uncommon for you to need another dental visit to check the fit and functionality of your bite. At Fair Lakes Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, our goal is to make sure all of our patients are comfortable and adapting to their cosmetic restoration.