A dental bridge is a great way to replace one or more missing teeth, and it offers an affordable option for restoring your smile. Chibueze Okoro, DMD, MSC, of EZE Dental, has extensive experience with dental bridgework and has helped many residents in and around Largo, Maryland, achieve a beautiful and functional smile. Schedule an appointment online or by phone today to get started.
A dental bridge consists of one or more false teeth suspended in place between two healthy natural teeth. The bridgework is anchored on your healthy teeth with dental crowns, creating a strong and durable restoration.
Unlike partial dentures, a dental bridge is permanently fixed into place. You won’t be able to remove it for cleaning and will simply brush and floss the restoration along with the rest of your teeth.
A dental bridge is a great way to fill a gap in your smile. Even just one or two missing teeth change the dynamics of your bite, which can place undue pressure on your remaining teeth.
You might also find yourself avoiding certain foods that are difficult to chew. This can limit healthy foods like nuts, seeds, and crunchy vegetables from your diet, altering your nutritional balance. You might also experience changes in your speech due to missing teeth.
Dental bridges are more affordable than dental implants, which are another permanent tooth replacement option. When considering the value of your dental investment, be sure to factor in the cost of repairing or replacing a dental bridge, as even the most well-constructed bridge will eventually require replacement.
The first step in getting a dental bridge involves a thorough dental exam. Dr. Okoro gathers X-rays and/or digital images to better understand the exact specifications of your smile. This information is sent to the dental lab where your custom bridge is manufactured.
The next step involves removing a small portion of your natural tooth enamel to prepare the adjacent teeth to receive their crowns. Temporary crowns are placed to protect the teeth until your bridgework and crowns arrive.
Once your new crowns and bridge are ready, you’ll return to the office to have them checked for fit and appearance. If Dr. Okoro is satisfied with the look and fit of your new bridge and crowns, he cements the crowns into place, completing the restoration.
Once your dental bridge is in place, simply brush and floss normally. Dr. Okoro checks your bridgework during all future dental exams.
If you’d like more information about dental bridges and other tooth replacement options, call the office today to book an appointment. Online scheduling is also available, and it’s fast and easy.