dental bridges alexandriaDental bridges in Alexandria can be an excellent choice if you are considering enhancing your smile or addressing missing teeth. Dental bridges can last a decade or more with good oral hygiene and regular check-ups. And implant-supported bridges have a longer lifespan than traditional bridges. 

Just like your natural teeth, getting used to speaking and eating with your bridge may take some time. Dr. Clark will guide you on how to adapt and ensure everything functions as it should. 


What Are Dental Bridges?

A dental bridge is a fixed dental restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth. It bridges the gap created by missing teeth, helping restore your smile, chew properly, and speak confidently. 

It consists of two crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap — these two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth — and a false tooth or teeth in between. We customize dental bridges to look like your natural teeth and to maintain your facial profile and smile. Not only do they improve the aesthetics of your mouth, but they also serve important purposes for your overall oral health.


The Procedure and Process

Getting a dental bridge typically requires two or three visits. We prepare the abutment teeth to receive the crowns during the first visit. Dr. Clark will remove a portion of enamel to make room for the crowns. Next, we’ll take impressions of your teeth, which serve as molds for the bridge, pontic (or pontics), and crowns. You will have a temporary bridge to wear in the interim.

We will remove the temporary bridge at the next visit, check the new porcelain or metal bridge, and adjust it for a proper fit. In some cases, we cement the bridge on the next day. In other cases, multiple visits may be necessary to ensure an appropriate bite for the patient.

We will also provide you with specific aftercare instructions, which typically include practicing good oral hygiene. After a few weeks, you can return for a follow-up visit to ensure the metal framework of the bridge fits correctly.


Types of Dental Bridges

There are several types of dental bridges, including traditional bridges, cantilever bridges, Maryland bonded bridges, and implant-supported bridges. Traditional bridges are the most common type and are made of porcelain fused with metal or ceramics. Implant-supported bridges are considered the sturdiest and most stable type of dental bridge.

Choosing the right type of bridge depends on various factors, including the location of the missing teeth and the condition of your remaining teeth. We will work with you to determine the most appropriate option for your case.


Benefits and Risks

The benefits of dental bridges are numerous. They can restore your smile, help maintain the shape of your face, distribute the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth, prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position, and more.

As with any dental treatment, there are risks involved. You may experience sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures after the procedure; we can recommend medication for this. If you maintain good oral hygiene, the risks of developing decay in the teeth supporting the bridge are minimal.


Dental Bridges in Alexandria

Dental bridges are a vital, reliable solution for replacing missing teeth. Not only do they improve the appearance of your smile, but they also assist in proper speaking, eating, and maintaining the structure of your mouth. Let us help you explore how dental bridges can benefit your dental wellness, and book an appointment with Dr. Benson Clark and his team to discuss your options further.

We understand that dental procedures can seem intimidating, but our team at King Centre Dental is here to guide you through all our quality restorative dentistry services in Alexandria, Virginia, including bridges, crowns, implants, and more. Your smile and health are our priority, and we’re confident we can help you take a step toward a happier, healthier you.