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Dental Bridges in Washington, DC

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What Are Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges, that literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth, are a long-established treatment choice to replace teeth when they are lost. The talented dentists at Washington Center for Dentistry in Washington, DC will place 2 or more crowns on either side of the gap as the anchoring teeth, and they are attached to the false tooth or teeth in between. Dental bridges are made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these cosmetic dentistry materials, and are supported by natural teeth or implants. Bridges are a great way to not only restore the teeth but to restore confidence and self-esteem as well.

What Are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges are useful to:

• Restore a smile.
• Prevent remaining teeth from moving out of position.
• Prevent the shape of the face from shrinking.
• Distribute evenly the forces of your bite with the teeth that are replaced.
• Maintain the ability to properly chew and speak.

Missing teeth are not just an aesthetic problem — gaps in your smile may have a powerful impact on your oral health. Your mouth is balanced carefully and a gap can affect its function. In time, a missing tooth may lead to teeth shifting, creating problems with your bite (underbite, overbite, crossbite) and atrophy of the gums and jawbone. A dental bridge requires the surrounding teeth to be healthy enough to hold the restoration, including good density in the jawbone and gum tissue. Team will assess your gums and jaw at your consultation to help you choose the best bridge type (traditional, cantilever, resin bonded, or Maryland bonded) and material (porcelain, ceramic, metal, and porcelain fused to metal).

How Does a Dental Bridge Work?

During the first visit for getting a dental bridge, the abutment teeth are prepared. Preparation involves recontouring these teeth by removing a portion of enamel to allow room for a crown to be placed over them. Next, impressions of the teeth are made, which serve as a model from which the bridge, pontic and crowns will be made by a dental lab. Your dentist will make a temporary bridge to wear to protect the exposed teeth and gums while the bridge is being made.

During the second visit, your temporary bridge will be removed and the new porcelain or metal bridge will be checked and adjusted, as necessary, to achieve a proper fit. Multiple visits may be required to check the fit of the metal framework and bite. This is dependent on each individual’s case. If the dental bridge is a fixed bridge, your dentist will make sure it is fitting properly and cement it in place after a couple of weeks.

What to Expect After Dental Bridges

After the dental bridge has been cemented in place, it can take a few days to adjust to eating and speaking with the new restoration. Any discomfort can be alleviated with over-the-counter pain medications. It is important to practice proper oral hygiene through regular brushing and flossing. Washington Center for Dentistry may recommend additional products or techniques to help with maintaining the bridge. We may also suggest regular checkups in order to monitor your dental health and wellness. With proper care, your dental bridge could last for many years!

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Restore Your Smile

There's no need for you to settle for missing teeth any longer when our brilliant dentists at Washington Center for Dentistry can offer you dental bridges. These replacement teeth can fill in the gaps caused by missing or failing teeth to restore your smile. Once our dentists install your stunning bridges, you'll no longer find yourself hiding your teeth from the world. Afterward aesthetic dentistry, you'll be showing off that smile as much as possible. But don't just take our word for it, contact our Washington, DC office today to see what dental bridges can do for both you and your smile. 

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How many teeth can be on a bridge?
Most bridges are made to replace up to four teeth. If more than four teeth need to be replaced, a full denture may be recommended because placing more than four teeth on a bridge can make it unstable. During your consultation, we will examine your teeth and talk to you about your goals to determine if a dental bridge is your best restoration option.
How long does a dental bridge last?
Most patients can expect their dental bridge to last up to 15 years or longer with proper oral care and regular dental visits. As we age, our teeth often shift and change, which can require a dental bridge to be adjusted to ensure a proper fit.
How long does it take to create a dental bridge?
Getting a dental bridge typically takes two visits. In the initial visit, your teeth will be prepared for your permanent bridge. While your custom bridge is being made (usually about two weeks), you'll wear a temporary bridge. On your second visit, your permanent bridge will be placed and adjusted for a perfect fit.
Does dental insurance cover dental bridges?
Typically, dental insurance partially covers the cost of a bridge. We will talk to your insurance provider to determine coverage and your out-of-pocket costs.