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Dental Bridge Washington, DC

Are you missing consecutive permanent teeth? A bridge may be right for you. Dental bridges “bridge the gap” left by missing teeth with false teeth that look and feel natural. Bridges are restorative dental treatments that blend with the natural smile and renew bite function. Our dental bridge treatment at Dupont Dental in Washington, DC, helps patients feel confident in their smiles. 

Also known as a fixed bridge, a dental bridge consists of a pontic and abutments. Abutments act as the support to keep the bridge in place. Typically, natural teeth covered by crowns or dental implants provide support. The pontic is the restoration itself.

A bridge can replace one to four consecutive teeth. Bridges use high-quality metal and porcelain material for long-lasting replacement teeth.

Dental Bridge in Washington, DC

What Can Dental Bridges Do For Me?

Dental bridges and similar restorations offer many benefits for patients with missing teeth. A custom-made dental bridge can:

  • Restore the ability to chew and speak properly
  • Maintain face shape and structure
  • Help distribute bite force properly by filling in gaps from missing teeth
  • Keep remaining teeth in their proper position
  • Reduce the risk of gum disease and tooth decay

If you have missing teeth and feel discomfort when biting and chewing, it’s time for a dental restoration. Replacing missing teeth with a durable restoration can prevent problems like shifting teeth. 

We will only recommend a traditional bridge if your natural teeth are healthy enough to support your restoration. In addition, a bridge may be the proper treatment if you only have one row of missing teeth.

We will recommend partial dentures for patients with rows in different areas of the mouth. Partials may seem similar to bridges, but bridges only replace one row of missing teeth. If a bridge is too long, it can compromise the stability of your new teeth.

Types of Dental Bridges

Common types of bridges include traditional and Cantilever bridges. For a traditional bridge, the dentist creates a crown for the tooth on each side of the missing tooth. Then, the dentist places the fake tooth or pontic between the crown-capped teeth. This is the most common bridge; dentists use ceramics or porcelain fused to metal (PFM). 

Dentists use cantilever bridges when adjacent teeth are on a single side of a missing tooth gap. Cantilever bridges are best in the front of the mouth because they place more pressure on other teeth.

Implants can also secure a bridge without support from other teeth. Dental implants are titanium posts a surgeon places in the jaw bone. They act as replacement tooth roots to secure a restoration like a bridge. 

What are the Benefits of Implant Bridges?

Dental implants provide many benefits over traditional options. Implant-supported bridges: 

  • Preserve Natural Teeth: With implants, we do not need to prepare healthy teeth for a bridge. Instead, the implant post will replace the missing tooth root.
  • Support the Jaw Bone: After you lose natural teeth, you naturally lose more of your jaw bone over time. Because implants fuse with the jaw bone, they support the jaw, surrounding gums, and remaining natural teeth. Alternatively, a traditional bridge lies on the gums. You can experience facial sagging without support from your natural jaw bone. 
  • Last Longer: While dental bridges traditionally use adjacent teeth for support, implants offer a longer-lasting alternative. Implants ensure bridges last longer because the implant posts are permanent. Once the posts integrate with your natural jaw bone, they will stay there forever. 

The best candidates for dental implants have healthy teeth and gums and enough jaw bone for support. We can recommend gum disease treatment, root canal therapy, extractions, and grafting before implant treatment. 

Dental Bridge Treatment in Washington, DC

A traditional dental bridge uses support from dental crowns. During this treatment, a dentist first prepares the natural teeth on either side of the tooth gap. Reshaping these teeth ensures the crowns fit properly. 

Then, the dentist takes impressions to send to a lab and provides a temporary restoration. Once the final bridge is complete, the dentist bonds the bridge in place.

While a traditional fixed bridge works for many patients, it involves preparing natural healthy teeth. However, traditional bridge treatment costs less and takes less time than implant treatment.  

Implant Bridge

We work with local oral surgeons to provide dental implants to secure dental bridges. A surgeon will place the implant posts in the jaw bone. Over 3 to 6 months, the implants fuse with your jaw bone to create a stable foundation for your bridge.

At your next visit, we will place the abutments or the pieces that connect the implants to the bridge. We will also make impressions for your final restoration. As your gums heal, lab technicians will fabricate your custom-made bridge. Finally, Dr. Banks will place the permanent restoration once the dental implants are stable. 

How to Care For A Bridge

After you receive your dental bridge, it will take to get used to your new bite. At first, you can eat softer foods. Avoid hard, crunchy, or chewy foods. Then, you can gradually reintroduce more foods. If you get an implant-supported bridge, you will restore most of your natural bite function. 

Additionally, you can brush your false teeth just like natural teeth. Gently brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush and use non-abrasive toothpaste to prevent bacterial buildup and keep your smile clean.

Floss threaders and water flossers are beneficial for removing food or bacteria from beneath the bridge. A floss threader helps pass floss around bridgework. Water flossers use a strong spray of water at different pressures to clean your mouth. 

Continue to schedule routine visits in our office. At these visits, we will check the fit of your bridge. If needed, we can make adjustments to traditional bridges.

Restore Missing Teeth

Are you missing multiple permanent teeth? Contact our office for a dental bridge in Washington, DC, today at (202) 946-4720. You can also schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Banks on our website. 

If you have questions or concerns about bridge treatment, we’re here to help.