Gaithersburg Cosmetic Dentist Provides a Simple Tooth Replacement Option with Dental Bridges
A dental bridge is a restorative dental treatment our Gaithersburg cosmetic dentist uses to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge consists of one or more artificial teeth, also known as pontics, that are anchored to neighboring teeth, called abutments. The abutment teeth are typically prepared by removing a small amount of enamel to make room for the bridge. With this option, there is no surgery involved like there is with dental implants.
Dental bridges are available in a variety of materials, including porcelain, ceramic, and metal. Porcelain and ceramic bridges are the most popular, as they blend in well with natural teeth and are more aesthetically pleasing. Metal bridges are typically used on back teeth, as they are stronger and can withstand the forces of chewing and biting.
There are several types of dental bridges, including traditional bridges, cantilever bridges, and Maryland bridges. Traditional bridges are the most common type and are typically used to replace one or more missing teeth. Cantilever bridges are used when there is only one neighboring tooth to support the bridge. Maryland bridges are similar to traditional bridges, but they use a metal or porcelain framework that is bonded to the back of the adjacent teeth.
The process of getting a dental bridge typically requires two or more visits to our Gaithersburg cosmetic dentist. During the first visit, the abutment teeth are prepared and an impression is taken of the teeth and gums. The impression is then sent to a dental lab, where the bridge is fabricated. You’ll wear a temporary bridge while the permanent bridge is being made.
Once the permanent bridge is ready, you’ll return to New Look Dental Care for the second visit. Dr. Yoon will remove the temporary bridge and place the permanent bridge in its spot. The bridge is then adjusted to ensure a proper fit and bite.
Proper care of a dental bridge is important to ensure its longevity. Patients should brush and floss their teeth regularly, and use an interdental cleaner to remove debris from under the bridge. It is also important to avoid chewing on hard or sticky foods, as they can damage the bridge.
Dental bridges are a common and effective solution for replacing one or more missing teeth. With proper care, a dental bridge can last for many years, restoring function and confidence to the patient’s smile. If you have any questions or are ready to schedule an appointment with our Gaithersburg cosmetic dentist, call New Look Dental Care at (240) 477-5921 and our staff will happily assist you in choosing the best date and time.