What Exactly Is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge fills the gap where teeth are missing by attaching to adjacent anchoring teeth called abutments. Once the bridge is cemented in place (not removable), you function as if you are not missing any natural teeth.
Why Do I Need a Dental Bridge?
Teeth were designed to complement each other by distributing the forces of your bite. When teeth are missing, unusual stresses are placed on the remaining teeth, gums and other oral tissues, the adjacent teeth will fall into the space and the opposing tooth will grow out of its socket, since it is unopposed. Your ability to chew and speak normally can be affected. Fortunately, dental bridges and single tooth implants are options for correcting tooth loss.
Dental Bridge Procedure
The procedure usually takes three appointments to complete. At the first appointment, Dr. Marlin in his Washington DC dental office will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by removing a portion of the enamel and dentin to allow room for a dental crown to be placed over them.
Since the dental bridge must be fabricated very precisely to ensure correct bite and to match the opposing tooth, impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to our In-House Lab where the bridge will be fabricated. A Temporary bridge will be placed to protect the teeth and provide function and esthetics while the permanent bridge is being made in the dental laboratory. At the second visit, the gold alloy framework will be tried in and custom fitted to the teeth and gingival (gums).
At the last visit, your temporary bridge will be removed, and the permanent bridge will be fitted, adjusted and custom colored to match your natural teeth. It is then cemented in place. Depending on the complexity of your case, multiple visits may be required for the most precise result by checking the fit of the ceramic or gold alloy framework, by analyzing the bite, and by making shade match enhancements.
What materials are used?
In the Washington DC dental office of Dr. Marlin, dental bridges are constructed from high noble gold alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Porcelain is often fused to the precious metal.
How do I take care of my dental bridge?
Oral hygiene is of critical importance as the dental bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support. A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean.
Please call the Washington DC dental office of Dr Gerald Marlin at 202-244-2101 for information about dental bridges. Dr. Marlin serves patients in Bethesda, Arlington, and nearby areas of Maryland and Virginia, as well as visitors from across the country.