Dental Bridge Reston VA
If you have a gap in your smile caused by a missing tooth, you can fix it with a dental bridge. A dental bridge literally bridges the gap by using the teeth on either side to support a pontic, or fake tooth, that will fill in the gap. Pontics are often made of porcelain so they blend in with your other teeth. There are several types of bridges to choose from. The one you will get will depend on the size of the gap and whether or not there are teeth on both sides to support the pontic. At Reston Modern Dentistry, we can assess your mouth and determine the best type of bridge to meet your needs. To get started, contact us today.
Types of Dental Bridges
- Traditional. This is the most popular type of bridge. You can use this bridge if you have natural teeth on both sides of the gap. These teeth, called abutment teeth while having crowns placed on them to provide extra support.
- Cantilever. A cantilever bridge is similar to a traditional bridge, but the difference is that an abutment tooth is only needed on one side.
- Maryland. A Maryland bridge is also like a traditional bridge. An abutment tooth is needed on each side. However, instead of using crowns on the abutment teeth, metal or porcelain framework is cemented onto the backs of the teeth.
- Implant-supported. Implant-supported bridges use implants instead of crowns. Usually, one implant is used for every missing tooth. While this is the strongest type of bridge, it is also the most time-consuming. Multiple surgeries are needed to place the implants and bridges. It can take several months for this bridge to be completed.
Using Crowns With Bridges
Crowns can be used with dental bridges to replace missing teeth. Dental crowns strengthen the teeth on each side of the gap so they can support the false tooth placed in between them. This helps prevent alignment issues while keeping your smile intact.
Reasons to Replace Missing Teeth
When teeth are not replaced, the facial structure changes. A person looks older. The lips become thinner and flatter. The chin points out more. The corners of the mouth may develop cracks and sores. Pouches develop in the jaw area.
When a tooth is missing, the other teeth tend to shift. This affects the bite alignment. This places more stress on the teeth and joints. This can cause severe pain. Teeth that have drifted are also harder to clean, increasing the risk of tooth decay.
A bridge can help prevent all these issues. A bridge offers many other benefits, such as improving speech and restoring the ability to chew and smile. Bridges are also easy to maintain and it’s not hard to get adjusted to them. They are hardly noticeable and for many, they look and function like real teeth.
Contact Us Today
If you are missing a tooth but cannot afford implants, a dental bridge can help fill in the gap while restoring your smile. Is a bridge the right option for you? Contact Reston Modern Dentistry today for a consultation. Give our office a call at 703-860-9854 to learn more about bridges. We are here to answer your questions.