If you’ve lost teeth due to an accident, injury, or gum disease, our dental professionals can create permanent dental bridges to restore function and beauty to your smile. Dental bridges serve several purposes for our patients in Reston, VA, as well as Oakton, Vienna, and Northern Virginia. They not only fill in the gaps but also prevent the repositioning of the remaining teeth. They can correct a misaligned bite, improve chewing function and speech articulation, and provide internal structure for the face to give you a more youthful appearance.
What is a Fixed Dental Bridge?
First of all, dental bridges are prosthetic teeth that attach to one or both sides of teeth prepared with dental crowns. A fixed bridge is permanently joined onto the neighboring abutment teeth (crowned teeth) and consists of three basic units: the false tooth or teeth (called a pontic) and the two abutment crowns. The style of bridge we suggest will depend upon the strength and health of the abutment teeth as well as the location of the gap in relation to the rest of your dentition.
If healthy adjacent abutment teeth aren’t available, a surgically-implanted metal post, known as a dental implant, can offer a solid alternative. For a dental bridge that replaces many teeth, we may recommend a removable partial denture or implant-supported prosthesis. With proper care, a fixed bridge can last at least 8 to 10 years.
Dental Bridge FAQs
How do you clean a dental bridge?
Patients can clean a bridge by brushing and flossing the area the bridge is in twice daily. Patients should also schedule regular dentist visits and cleanings to have a professional clean and inspect their bridge and oral health.
Can you get an infection under a dental bridge?
Bridges themselves cannot become infected, however, natural teeth beneath or around can become infected. Teeth can decay and become infected if the bridge is not cleaned properly.
How long after dental bridge can I eat?
After a dental bridge is placed patients should wait at least one hour before eating. It is recommended that patients stick to a soft diet following the procedure until they have adjusted to their new bridge.
Can a dental bridge be removed and put back?
Dental bridges can be removed, repaired, and replaced. The cement used to place the bridge is meant to last for years, however, it can be removed if needed.
How long should my implant-supported bridge last?
The bridge that is attached to your implant typically lasts about 10-20 years before needing replacement. The implant beneath never needs a replacement and should last a lifetime.
Can a dentist remove and reattach a dental bridge?
If a bridge breaks, your dentist can remove, repair and reattach it. It is a fairly easy procedure to remove a bridge and replace it. The cement used to hold your bridge in place is very durable, but it is not impossible to remove. If you feel that your bridge is loose or needs a repair call us today to schedule an appointment! We can help!
Is it painful to have a dental bridge removed?
We will need to remove the cement that was used to place your bridge to remove it. This is similar to the braces removal process. It may be slightly uncomfortable but it should not be painful.
Contact Dr. Wayne Myles About Dental Bridges
If you have questions about dental crowns, dental bridges, or any other restorative treatment, contact our Northern Virginia dental office in Reston or schedule a consultation online. We will be happy to discuss your treatment options and schedule a thorough oral evaluation.