Dentists will typically use a dental bridge to replace one or several consecutive missing teeth. Dental bridges, sometimes referred to as partial dentures, are an effective solution for addressing tooth loss. A dental bridge can help restore proper chewing, biting, and speaking functions to the teeth. Your new bridge will look and feel like natural teeth.
Dr. Deckard offers a complete range of restorative treatment options for replacing missing teeth. At DC Precision we use cutting-edge dental technology and quality materials to produce beautiful, natural restorations. Dr. Deckard works one on one with each patient to plan and excite a treatment plan that is tailored to their unique needs and goals.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is made up of false teeth (or a single false tooth), called pontics, and dental crowns. The crowns are on both sides of the pontics. All pieces are then fused together to create one dental restoration. The dental crowns are responsible for the hold the entire piece in place.
Adjacent teeth, abutment teeth, typically support a dental bridge. However, you can choose to support it with dental implants for a more secure solution. Implant-supported dental bridges are ideal for patients with a healthy amount of jawbone structure and bone density; while removable dental bridges may be more beneficial for patients with minimal jawbone support.
Restorative dentist Dr. Justin Deckard offers traditional dental bridges and implant support dental bridges in our Washington, DC dentist office. Dr. Deckard performs a full dental health assessment before recommending the appropriate solution to restore your missing teeth.
When appropriate, Dr. Deckard will suggest an implant-secured dental bridge to restore missing teeth. It relies on dental implants for support rather than surrounding teeth.
Types of Dental Bridges
Removable Dental Bridge
Dentists use this removable prosthesis to replace missing teeth. A removable bridge can be an affordable, temporary solution for addressing missing teeth. Dr. Deckard can work with patients to find a more secure solution for replacing missing teeth.
Your dentist will secure a fixed dental bridge to adjacent teeth. He will prepare these teeth by reducing their size of them to accommodate the crown portion of the bridge. Then they will cement the dental crowns to the prepared teeth. A fixed dental bridge offers patients a more durable tooth replacement option.
Dental Implant Supported Bridge
Your dentist will use this to replace multiple, consecutive missing teeth. Instead of preparing healthy, remaining teeth, dental implants are placed in the jaw bone and used to secure the bridge. Implant-secured dental bridges offer a wide range of benefits. An implant-secured dental bridge offers patients a more secure, longer-lasting tooth replacement solution. Implants provide an extra layer of support and stability to help encourage proper bite function.
Benefits of Implant Secured Dental Bridge:
- Protects the gums and surrounding teeth
- Restore proper bite pressure and function
- Prevents remaining teeth from shifting
- Restore the ability to chew and speak without movement restriction
Dental Bridge FAQs
Is a dental bridge better than a dental implant?
No. All the benefits of a dental implant far outweigh the benefits of a dental bridge. Dental implants are more durable, and permanent, support jawbone strength and growth, and last a lifetime. Unlike dental bridges, they do not need much special maintenance.
How long does a dental bridge last?
Dental bridges can last 5 to 10 years with excellent dental care, and a great oral hygiene routine. Some patients with a fixed dental bridge have had them for over 10 years. How you take care of your teeth and how often you visit the dentist will greatly affect the lifespan of your restorations.
Is a dental bridge permanent?
A dental bridge is a long-term solution for missing teeth. A dentist will need to permanently alter your teeth to place them. In this sense, it is permanent. However, the prosthesis will not last forever. You will need to replace it every five to ten years for optimal results.
Is a dental bridge procedure painful?
The dental bridge procedure is typically not painful. Your dentist will use local anesthesia to numb the area they need to treat. Some patients may experience mild discomfort or sensitivity during or after the procedure. You can manage this with over-the-counter pain relievers. After your dentist places the tooth bridge, it may take a few days for the new sensation in your mouth to feel normal. You may also experience some sensitivity or soreness in the area. Overall, dentists consider the dental bridge procedure a safe treatment option for replacing missing teeth. If you have concerns about potential pain or discomfort, discuss them with your dentist.
Who is a good candidate for a dental bridge?
A good candidate for a dental bridge should have one or more missing teeth and strong, healthy teeth adjacent to the gap. The candidate should also have good oral hygiene habits. Moreover, good candidates should be in good overall health and free from any conditions that could affect the procedure. Your dentist will evaluate your oral health to determine if a dental bridge is the best solution for you.
How many teeth can a dental bridge replace?
A dental bridge can replace one or more missing teeth. The number of teeth a tooth bridge can replace will depend on the location and size of the gap in the patient’s mouth. It will also depend on the strength and health of the adjacent teeth. Your dentist will evaluate your oral health and discuss your treatment options to determine if a dental bridge is appropriate for your case.
Schedule A Consultation
To determine if a removable dental bridge or a fixed dental bridge is right for you, visit DC Precision Dentistry. Dr. Deckard works with each patient to determine which type of tooth replacement solution best suits their needs. To schedule an appointment, call (202) 851-7554 or request an appointment online.