Using dental bridges to replace missing teeth within the smile
It is essential to replace missing teeth within the smile as soon as possible to avoid issues such as shifting teeth or poor chewing and speaking efficiency. However, some patients are overwhelmed by the many options available to them. Drs. Alex Shklyar, Shawn Na, and Madueke Ekoh of Greenway Dental Group of Greenbelt, Maryland, work with patients to help them choose the best tooth-replacement option for their needs. While dental implants and dentures can replace one or more teeth, some patients prefer a fixed restoration such as dental bridges as an alternative to these options.
What is a dental bridge?
The dental bridge is a type of dental restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth. It spans an area where there are adjacent teeth or implants and is attached to those teeth or implants. A dental bridge might be made from various materials, including porcelain, metal, or a combination of the two.
What are the benefits of dental bridges?
Dental bridges are an essential tool in restoring the function and appearance of your smile. They can help prevent your remaining teeth from shifting out of place and restore chewing and speaking functions. Dental bridges can also improve the aesthetics of your smile by filling in gaps left by missing teeth.
What can I expect from the placement of my dental bridge?
Placement of your dental bridge usually takes place over two office visits. During your first visit, our dentists will take impressions of your teeth to create a model of your mouth. This model is then used to design your customized dental bridge.
On your second visit, the bridge will be checked for fit and cemented or bonded. You might experience some discomfort and soreness after your bridge placement, but this can be alleviated with over-the-counter or prescription pain medication. You must also practice good oral hygiene habits, which include brushing twice each day and flossing daily, to keep your new dental bridge clean and free of plaque that can impact oral health.
How do I find out if I am a candidate for dental bridges?
If you are considering a dental bridge, it is important to consult with a qualified dentist at Greenway Dental Group of Greenbelt, MD, to find out more. Call (301) 778-2806 to request an appointment with our team at 7525 Greenway Center Drive, Suite #102.