Dental Bridges Frederick, MD
What are Dental BridgesA dental bridge is a permanent dental appliance meant to replace a number of teeth in a row. Whether the teeth are currently missing or need to be replaced, a dental bridge can fill the gap left behind. Permanent dental bridges require two anchors (either teeth or implants can act as anchors) to hold them in place in the mouth.
Types of Dental BridgesThere are two different categories of dental bridges – fixed and removable. The most common and convenient option is the fixed bridge. Because fixed bridges are permanently set in your mouth they are able to stand in for teeth in both form and function. They allow you to chew food without discomfort, and speak without impediment.
Removable bridges fill a much needed role in helping with speech and holding the structure of the face in a natural way. When teeth are lost the structure of the face can sink and look slightly unnatural. Removable bridges unfortunately can’t be used to chew food with, and they must be taken out overnight. Special care must be given to their hygiene apart from just normal brushing and flossing.
Getting a Dental BridgeThe process of receiving a fixed dental bridge varies depending on the situation in your mouth. As mentioned before, a bridge needs two solid anchor points, so if you lack teeth on one side of the bridge we will need to place a dental implant beforehand. A dental implant can take up to ten months to heal and ready to receive a bridge.
Once we have established the teeth or implants that we will be using to anchor the bridge we will take a mold of the site in order to have our dental lab craft a perfect replica of the teeth that we will be replacing. We will prepare your teeth to receive the bridge in the same way we prepare a tooth to receive a crown – by shaving off the enamel of the tooth so that the appliance can fit over the top. We will fit a temporary bridge over the area and that will be the end of your first appointment.
Once we have the finalized product, you will come back to our office and we will remove the temporary bridge from your teeth. Using perfect precision, we will place the permanent bridge on your anchor teeth (or implant) and set it in place with long lasting dental adhesive.
Once You Have Your BridgeWhen the procedure is finished, we will ensure that it fits within your mouth and bite properly. It I important to take good care of your bridge (or any dental appliance) with routine brushing and flossing.
If your new bridge feels strange within your mouth, or if you have difficulty with an awkward bite after a week or so, please call us and schedule an appointment. We can make adjustments to your bridge until it feels right.
Please give our office a call today at (301) 662-5914 to schedule an appointment.