Are you missing consecutive permanent teeth? You may be eligible for a dental bridge. Dental bridges fill 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.
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
If you have missing teeth and feel discomfort biting and chewing, it’s time for a dental restoration. A dental 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.
Dental Bridge Treatment in Washington, DC
Common types of bridges include traditional and cantilever bridges. For a traditional bridge, the dentist creates a crown for the tooth or implant on each side of the missing tooth. They place the fake tooth or pontic between the crown-capped teeth. This is the most common bridge used; dentists use ceramics or porcelain fused to metal.
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. While dental bridges traditionally use adjacent teeth for support, implants offer a longer-lasting alternative.
We work with local oral surgeons to provide dental implants to secure dental bridges. Implants are titanium metal posts the surgeon places in the jaw bone to support false teeth, including bridges. Once the dental implants are stable, Dr. Banks will place the permanent bridge. After you receive your dental bridge, you can brush your false teeth just like natural teeth. Gently brushing and using non-abrasive toothpaste can prevent bacterial buildup and keep your smile clean.
Schedule a Dental Consultation
Are you missing multiple permanent teeth? Contact our office for dental bridge treatment today at (202) 946-4720. You can also request a dental appointment with Dr. Banks on our website.