Dental Bridges: An Overview
Dental bridges are especially beneficial to patients looking to replace one or more missing teeth. Our patients love our dental bridges because we ensure that they blend in naturally with their existing smiles. If you are looking for a restorative dentist in Columbia, Maryland, our office is here to provide you with all of your dental needs. In addition to restorative dentistry services, we also offer general and cosmetic services to provide you with a comprehensive dental healthcare provider that you can trust to be there for you through every step of the way.
We see patients of all ages and are happy to go over all of your options for tooth replacement so that you can make an informed decision on bettering the condition of your smile.
Dental Bridges In Columbia, MD
Dental bridges involve creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a prosthetic tooth in between to fill in the gap. The procedure can usually be completed in two or three visits to our Columbia dental office. There are several benefits to dental implants, including:
- Improving the appearance of your smile
- Restoring your chewing and speaking patterns
- Maintaining the structure of your jaw
- Relieving muscle strain around your mouth
- Preventing teeth from shifting
On your first visit, our dentists will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap for the dental bridge. Dental impressions will be taken to ensure that your bridge fits comfortably and securely in the space. We will send off your impressions to our labs and provide you with a temporary bridge until your permanent bridge is completed. Once we receive your bridge back from our labs, you will be called back to our office. At this appointment, your temporary bridge will be removed and replaced with your permanent dental bridge through the use of dental cement.
Dental Bridge FAQs
Are dental bridges painful to wear?
No. Once you get used to your modern dental bridge, you will forget that you have one. Your dentist will make sure it fits snugly and you are comfortable with it on. The bridge will be examined every time you visit the dentist office. Make sure to communicate with your dentist if you feel discomfort in your dental bridge.
Can a bridge be removed and put back on?
Only your dentist can remove your bridge and put it back on. Loose fitting bridges can be adjusted at the dentist, but do not try this at home. You can cause more damage to the bridge trying to adjust it yourself without the proper equipment.
Can a tooth get infected under a bridge?
Your natural teeth underneath the crowns of a dental bridge can get infected due to tooth decay. Your anchor teeth under a dental bridge are not immune to oral health issues. Be sure to clean thoroughly around and under your bridge.
Schedule A Dental Exam at Columbia Family Dentist
We look forward to meeting with you to discuss possible treatments for tooth replacements. Schedule an appointment with us today to go over your options or call our office at 410-670-8211. We will happily answer any questions you may have on dental bridges, as well as any of our other restorative dentistry solutions.