Do you need to replace one or more missing teeth?
If you are missing one or several teeth, our team at Brighter Smile Family Dentistry & Orthodontics can work with you to explore your tooth replacement options. Depending on your needs, we may offer a custom dental bridge. A dental bridge can help restore function and beauty to your smile. It is designed to bridge the gap between missing teeth.
A traditional dental bridge is made of two dental crowns that are supported by the adjacent teeth. The dental bridge is then attached to artificial teeth which help fill the gap created by missing teeth. For a more secure solution, patients can receive an implant-supported dental bridge.
An implant-supported dental bridge is fixed to dental implants instead of the natural teeth; this can help preserve more of the natural tooth structure and protect the integrity of the surrounding teeth.
Choosing An Implant Supported Dental Bridge
If you are missing none or several consecutive teeth an implant-supported dental bridge may be right for you.
At your consultation, Dr. Kavianpour will examine your teeth, gums, and jaw bone to determine if an implant-supported dental bridge or traditional dental bridge is right for you.
Implant-supported dental bridges offer these key benefits:
- Restores the ability to chew and bite comfortably
- Can help prevent facial sagging due to tooth loss
- Preserves more of the natural tooth structure
- Supports a functional and healthy smile
- Replaces the natural tooth root
- Stimulates the jaw bone and minimizes the risk of bone loss
- Offers a long-lasting, natural-looking solution to tooth loss
What Happens During The Dental Bridge Process?
To receive a dental bridge, it will require 2-3 visits to our Sterling, VA dental practice. Before treatment, Dr. Kavianpour will assess your teeth, gums, and bone structure. From there, we will build a comprehensive treatment plan that is right for you.
If dental implants are being placed, we will coordinate the surgical phase of your treatment in our dental practice. The implants are allowed 3-6 months to heal before we place your custom dental bridge.
For traditional bridges, our team will prepare the neighboring teeth and fit them for dental crowns. Next, we will take impressions of your teeth which will be sure to create your custom crowns and dental bridge. During the fabrication process, we may place a temporary bridge to keep your teeth protected.
At your final appointment, the temporary bridge is removed and your custom dental bridge is placed. The specifics of your treatment plan will depend on your unique needs. Dr. Kavianpour and our team will keep you informed throughout all phases of your care.
Dental Bridge FAQs
How many teeth are in a dental bridge?
The amount of teeth in a dental bridge varies between 1 to 4 from patient to patient. The size of the bridge is dependent on the size of the gap. Traditional bridges are the most common type of bridge. Bridges must be surrounded on either side by natural teeth, so their sizes may vary.
Will my diet have to change if I get a dental bridge?
With a dental bridge most patients resume their normal diet a few days after the dental crown procedure. Some foods are known to put patients at a higher risk for issues. These include foods that are hard or chewy like candy, and drinks such as soda, coffee, and wine.
Are dental bridges removable?
Dental bridges can be removable depending on the type of bridge you get. They come in two forms. They can be fixed, meaning that they are permanent, or they can be made to be removable. If you want to be able to remove your bridge then making sure to avoid fixed bridges may be the best option for you.
Replace Missing Teeth With A Dental Bridge in Sterling, VA
Do you want to regain your dental function and improve the appearance of your smile? Visit our Sterling, VA dental practice to explore your tooth replacement options. Dr. Kavianpour can work with you to determine if a dental bridge or another type of tooth replacement option is right for you. To schedule an appointment, call 571.266.0255 or request an appointment online.