Ingber Dental is proud to provide patients with leading-edge smile makeover techniques and quality patient care. The Ingber Dental team offers a variety of cosmetic dentistry options, including solutions for patients who are missing one or more teeth, such as natural-looking dental bridges.
A dental bridge is an artificial tooth, often referred to as a pontic, which is fused between two porcelain, ceramometal, or gold crowns to fill in any gaps left by one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges are effective in treating dental issues caused by missing teeth, including smile aesthetics, irregular bite, speech difficulties, shape changes of the face, gum disease and tooth decay.
Types of Dental Bridges
Our team offers several types of dental bridges:
Fixed Dental Bridges
Fixed dental bridges are the most traditional and common type of bridge. A fixed dental bridge consists of a false tooth held in place by two crowns. The false tooth fits into the gap left by the missing tooth, and the crowns are fitted over the teeth on either side of the gap. Normally the teeth adjacent to the gap need to be prepared by removing a small amount of enamel to create room for the restoration. The entire bridge is customized to match the natural teeth in shape and size; porcelain or resin bridges blend in with the natural tooth color.
Cantilever Dental Bridges
With a cantilever dental bridge, only one tooth adjacent to the gap is crowned. That crown can support one or two false teeth. Cantilever bridges are typically not used on the back teeth, where they would be highly susceptible to damage from the forces of chewing. But in other areas of the mouth, they can be a good option because they help to preserve more healthy tooth structure.
Resin-bonded Dental Bridges
A resin-bonded or resin-retained bridge attaches to the teeth on either side of the gap with tiny wings or clips instead of crowns. The wings are bonded to the backs of the supporting teeth. Resin-bonded bridges are a good option for preserving more healthy tooth structure, but they cannot bear the full brunt of chewing force. For that reason, they are a good option to replace missing front teeth.
Dental Bridge Treatment Details
Using fine-tuned aesthetic judgment, our team determines which type of bridge will best serve each Washington D.C. dental bridge patient’s cosmetic dentistry needs and yield natural-looking results. During the procedure, we administer a mild anesthetic to prepare the adjacent teeth, which will serve as anchors for porcelain crowns, ceramometal crowns or gold crowns. Next, we take an impression of the teeth, which is then used to sculpt the dental bridge. Our dentists’ unsurpassed talent and well-trained eyes allow us to identify the necessary color variations, which is critical in order to avoid artificial-looking teeth.
When performed by a premier Washington D.C. dental bridges practitioner, dental bridges can last anywhere from 10 to 15 years. However, poor dental hygiene and eating habits may affect the longevity of the dental bridge.
Caring for a Dental Bridge
Dental bridges must be brushed, flossed and checked by a dentist regularly. Without diligent at-home care, the teeth supporting the bridge and the gums can harbor food particles and bacteria, which eventually leads to infection and decay. Our team can recommend special instruments like floss threaders to remove debris from hard-to-reach areas between the bridge and the natural teeth and gums.
Candidates for Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are a good option for individuals who:
- Are missing one to three consecutive natural teeth
- Have structurally sound natural teeth that can anchor the bridge
- Do not have untreated cavities or gum disease
- Do not have enough jawbone to retain and support a dental implant
- Do not meet other criteria for dental implants
- Can commit to practicing regular oral hygiene habits and seeing a dentist periodically for check-ups
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are a cost-effective, lasting solution to tooth loss. They are crafted from high-quality, lifelike materials to recreate the appearance of a natural, healthy smile. Bridges help to maintain a normal facial appearance by preventing the collapse of the facial features (which is always a risk with tooth loss).
From a functional perspective, a well-fitting bridge can restore normal chewing and biting function and speech. Bridges can also help to readjust the bite, which can develop problems when teeth fall out and the opposing teeth have nothing to bite against. And, bridges help prevent the remaining teeth from shifting or moving out of their proper position.
Other Services Available at Inger Dental
In addition to dental bridges, we offer high-quality Washington D.C. dental implants for patients who are missing teeth. And, we are committed to providing Washington D.C. porcelain veneers, dental crowns and TMJ patients with the most advanced treatments and the best possible aesthetic results. This is why we use some of the most advanced dentistry technologies and materials available, contributing to our exceptional dentistry record.
To learn more about dental bridges in Washington D.C. at Ingber Dental, schedule a consultation. Call (202) 331-7474 today.