Missing teeth can make it difficult to eat and speak properly, impacting your quality of life.
A dental bridge can fill the gap caused by one or more consecutive missing teeth, restoring the function and appearance of your smile.
Learn how the dentists at Thornton Dental Associates, P.C. in Washington, DC, can restore your smile with a dental bridge.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A traditional bridge is supported by dental crowns placed over the two natural teeth at either end of the bridge. These crowned teeth are called abutment teeth. The abutment teeth support the pontics that replace the missing teeth.
A dental bridge can also be implant-supported, consisting of two dental implants that support the crowns and pontics. Implants provide stimulation to the jawbone to prevent the jawbone atrophy that can occur after tooth loss.
Candidates for a Dental Bridge
Good Oral Health
If you have existing gum disease or tooth decay, it will need to be treated before dental bridge placement. This ensures a healthy foundation for your new restoration.
Good Bone Density
For dental implants, sufficient bone material is required. If you suffer from bone atrophy, bone grafting may be needed before implant placement.
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Tooth loss is more common than you may think, but that doesn't mean you have to suffer. Our dentists, Dr. Will Thornton and Dr. Nathan Van der Linden, are experienced in a variety of restorative procedures to help restore your oral function and improve your quality of life. Our dentists continually study advancements in the field of dentistry to provide the most advanced and effective care possible.
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The Dental Bridge Treatment Process
The treatment timeline will vary depending on which type of dental bridge you need. If you choose an implant-supported bridge, the implants will need about three to six months to fuse to the jawbone before your dental bridge restoration can be placed. If you require preparatory treatment for issues such as gum disease, this can add to your treatment timeline as well.
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Maintaining Your Dental Bridge
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
Brush your teeth with a soft bristle brush for at least two minutes and floss twice a day to maintain good oral hygiene.
Be Mindful of Hard or Sticky Foods
Hard foods such as ice or sticky foods like caramel can cause damage to your dental bridge. Minimize hard or sticky foods or chew on the side without a restoration to protect your dental bridge.
Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Regular dental exams and cleanings can help ensure optimal oral health. This can help your dental bridge last for years to come.
Financing and Insurance
Our Washington, DC, dentistry practice accepts most insurance providers and plans, which can help reduce or even eliminate your out-of-pocket costs. For those without insurance, or to help finance costs not covered by insurance, we offer CareCredit®, which can help break your treatment costs into affordable monthly payments. Contact us today to learn more about insurance financing options.
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