Dental bridges are restorations for patients missing one to more teeth in a row. These customized prosthetics can address both functional and aesthetic issues for a stronger, healthier smile. Dr. Victor R. Siegel uses the latest dental technology at our Rockville, MD, practice to provide durable and attractive dental bridges. These restorations can restore function to your smile and prevent other potential complication such as misalignment. Dr. Siegel has been practicing dentistry for more than 30 years, providing lifelike bridges so patients can regain their confidence.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a prosthetic that replaces one to two missing teeth in a row. In some cases, we can replace three consecutively missing teeth with a dental bridge. Patients missing more than three teeth or who are missing teeth in various locations will require an alternative restorative treatment, like partial or full dentures.
Most dental bridges are created from durable, tooth-colored materials like porcelain or a combination of porcelain and metal. These options provide significant strength with lifelike, aesthetic results.A dental bridge restores functionality so you can bite and chew with comfort and ease. Replacing missing teeth can also improve your speech. With a custom dental bridge, not only will you have improved function, but also a more aesthetic smile.
Traditional vs. Implant-Supported Bridges
Traditional bridges consist of one to three artificial teeth, known as pontics, which are fused together. Attached to either side of these pontics are two dental crowns. The crowns are permanently affixed to the natural, healthy teeth on either side of the gap, while the pontics fill the space in between. An implant-supported bridge can also replace up to three missing teeth but will rely on state-of-the-art dental implants for support. You will typically require two implant posts for a dental bridge. Patients with a single missing tooth can benefit from an implant-supported crown.
Candidates for Dental Bridges
The requirements for traditional bridges and implant-supported bridges vary. To qualify for a traditional bridge, the teeth on either side of this gap must be strong and healthy enough to support their restoration. If the teeth are too weak, an implant-supported bridge may be a better option. To qualify for an implant-supported bridge, patients must have ample bone tissue. Patients lacking bone density will typically require a bone graft to proceed with the implant process.
In addition, patients must be free from gum disease and tooth decay. If Dr. Siegel detects either of these issues, he will have to treat these conditions before moving forward with treatment.
If you are looking to restore your smile and fill gaps left by missing teeth, we can help. Dr. Siegel has the necessary experience to give you a functional and beautiful bridge, with superior, lifelike results.
Getting a Custom Dental Bridge
For a traditional bridge, Dr. Siegel must first reshape the supporting teeth. We will then take impressions to design your custom restoration. We will send these impressions to a trusted dental laboratory. There, technicians will craft your custom bridge from high-quality materials. If needed, Dr. Siegel may place a temporary bridge because it can take up to two weeks to receive the custom bridge. Once the custom, permanent bridge is complete, he will remove the temporary and secure the final prosthetic in place.
For implant-supported restorations, you will first receive dental implants during an outpatient surgery. Over the next three to six months, you will wear a temporary bridge while your jaw fuses with the implant posts. Once you have fully healed, we can provide your customized, lifelike restoration for a fully restored smile.
Receive Superior Care
If you are looking to restore your smile and fill gaps left by missing teeth, we can help. Dr. Siegel has the necessary experience to give you a functional and beautiful bridge, with superior, lifelike results. Reach out online or call us today at (301) 963-4330 to schedule an appointment.