Owings Mills Dental Care provides patients with dental bridges. A dental bridge is used to replace single or multiple missing teeth. The dental bridge is a prosthetic tooth that uses adjacent teeth for support. This dental restoration can be removable or fixed for added support. A fixed bridge can be supported with a dental implant. The bridge is designed to blend seamlessly with your natural smile for a beautiful result.
Missing teeth compromise the health and function of your bite. Patients with missing teeth are more likely to experience tooth shifting, additional tooth loss, and bone recession. Replacing missing teeth as soon as possible benefits not only your oral health but your overall health as well.
We provide restorative treatment options such as dental implants to replace missing teeth. Every patient is unique and requires individualized care. A comprehensive dental consultation will help determine which procedure will provide patients with optimal results.
Our modern Owings Mills, MD dentist office uses high-quality materials to create natural-looking and functioning dental restorations. We will shape, and color match your new dental bridge to look like your adjacent teeth. Our priority is to give you the best, most natural-looking smile in as few steps as possible.
The dental bridge procedure will vary depending on the type of bridge the patient chooses to receive. A dental bridge can be fixed for a permanent and reliably stable fit, or removable for easy cleaning or comfort. Your dentist will provide you with all of your restorative treatment options so that you may make an informed decision.
When choosing to replace your teeth with a dental restoration, you must consider all options first. She will help you consider the pros and cons but always keeps in mind the long-term health benefits. We will do our best to work within your budget and cosmetic goals.
- Removable Dental Bridge
Removable bridges are ideal as a short-term solution for replacing missing teeth. A removable bridge can be used to hold space and prevent teeth from shifting while patients prepare to be fitted with a permanent dental implant or a fixed bridge. Removable dental bridges are a cost-effective short-term solution to replacing missing teeth. The adjacent teeth will have a substantial amount of enamel removed to make room for the dental bridge.
- Fixed Dental Bridge
If you are looking for a more permanent solution for missing teeth, your dentist may recommend a fixed dental bridge. A dental bridge can be permanently secured in the mouth using dental crowns, or dental implants. Dental crown secured bridges use two crowns to support the adjacent teeth. The bridge is permanently fixed in place by the dental crowns. If patients desire a dental implant secured bridge, we work closely with Dr. Roham Rafat for the surgical phase of treatment. Dental implant secured bridges do not require the removal of adjacent healthy teeth and provide added stability and long-term oral health benefits.
While a removable bridge is ideal for short-term solutions, we recommend a fixed bridge for your overall oral health. Dental implants come with a variety of different oral health benefits. They can help regenerate jaw bone growth and are the most stable form of tooth replacement.
When you have an implant-supported bridge, you’re able to eat foods you may not be able to with a removable bridge. You also don’t have to damage your natural teeth to support the bridge. The crown portion of your dental implant will be taking the pressure of supporting the bridge.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will by dental bridge require any special care?
Your new dental bridge will not need special care. You may want to brush your teeth more diligently, and floss regularly to prevent food buildup under the bridge, as well as cavities on the attached teeth that the bridge is anchored on. Flossing under the bridge is very important. Schedule regular bi-yearly dentist appointments.
How will the bridge feel after the procedure?
Your new bridge should feel natural after the procedure. Your bite will feel different at first, but it’s quick and easy to get used to. We recommend sticking with soft foods for a few days while your mouth gets used to the restoration. You may become more sensitive to hot and cold foods, but that is just temporary and will gradually go away. Any other complications should be reported to your dentist as soon as possible to avoid damage to your mouth.
How long does a dental bridge last?
The average lifespan of your dental bridge is about 10 years. Dental bridges can last longer than 10 years with proper dental care, bi-yearly visits to the dentist, and a great oral hygiene routine. Visit the dentist as soon as possible if you notice damage to your bridge or if it is becoming painful or uncomfortable.