What are Dental Bridges?
A Dental Bridge is a set of one or more artificial teeth supported by a metal or zirconia framework. It is a prosthetic replacement for one or more missing teeth.
A Dental Bridge is fixed .A fixed bridge is sometimes also called a partial denture. It is fixed / cemented to the neighboring teeth with a false tooth “bridged” between. The wearer cannot remove it.
When would we recommend Bridges for you?
Bridges are generally used if you have missing teeth / tooth and would like to improve the aesthetics of your smile.
If you have missing teeth or would like to improve your smile, please talk to your dentist at Dr. Thanos Kristallis & Associates at Washington Metro Center Dental. We will be happy to discuss with you to determine if dental bridges are the right solution for, and what type of bridges best serves your requirements.
In addition to the aesthetic value, it is important to take care of missing teeth, to avoid consequences such as surrounding teeth drifting out of position and increasing the susceptibility of surrounding teeth decay and gum diseases.
How we do Dental Bridges?
Generally, you will need about two to get your dental bridge.
First your dentist at Dr. Thanos Kristallis & Associates at Washington Metro Center Dental will prepare your teeth on either side of the space for the false tooth. At this time you will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area. An area of the abutment teeth will be removed, to provide space on these abutment teeth to accommodate the thickness of the crown.
Then we make an impression of the affected area. This impression will serve as the model from which our in house dental laboratory technicians will fabricate your bridge. After this, we place a temporary bridge for you to wear until the permanent bridge is ready.
Ceramic Bridge with Pink Ceramic Gum “tissue” for treating receding gums
When the permanent bridge is ready, you will come in for your second appointment. The temporary bridge will be removed and we will fit test your permanent bridge and check to see if there are any bite discrepancies. Finally, your new bridge will be cemented to your teeth. Any changes or minor modifications can be done chair-side with the help of our dental ceramists which will not require any additional lost time /appointments.
What you can expect from Bridges?
Bridges generally provide a natural appearance for your teeth and smile. Fixed bridges generally last about 10-15 years or more if you maintain good oral hygiene.
What are the risks / concerns?
- Your teeth may become mildly sensitive to extreme temperatures for a few weeks after the treatment. This is quite common and only temporary.
- It is important to follow proper oral hygiene. Otherwise food and bacteria build up on your teeth and gums can become infected.