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When you are missing one or more teeth, it impacts the appearance and function of your mouth. At Advance Dental Care Center in Arlington, VA, we understand that while you may want to repair your teeth without resorting to surgery to place a permanent false tooth. Dental bridges are a safe and effective way to restore your smile and confidence. Read on to discover more about our dental bridges and their benefits.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a device that replaces up to three missing teeth. A bridge consists of artificial teeth attached to crowns placed on implants or your natural teeth. A lab creates the false teeth, called pontics, out of dental porcelain to resemble the enamel of your natural teeth. We custom-create each dental bridge to seamlessly blend in with the surrounding teeth, restoring an even, natural smile. The artificial teeth connect on each side to the neighboring natural teeth, called abutment teeth, with permanent dental crowns. We consider several things when creating your dental bridge, including:
- The number of missing teeth
- The location of the missing teeth
- The health and strength of the abutment teeth
- The bone supporting each abutment tooth
At Advance Dental Care Center, our dentists are highly trained to properly design and engineer each bridge to fit your teeth. During our examination, we’ll look at your supporting bone and gum tissue to see if you’re a good candidate for dental bridges.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
A dental bridge restores your confidence in vital everyday activities we often take for granted. Replacing missing teeth with a dental bridge also helps to maintain the shape of your jaw and keeps adjacent teeth from moving out of position. Besides the cosmetic advantages of dental bridges, they also help prevent potential problems with your oral health, including gum disease. Not only are dental bridges a relatively simple and quick solution to tooth loss, but they are also more cost-effective than some other options. Dental implants are often expensive, and if you have bone loss in your jaw, you may need more complicated bone grafting surgery before receiving the implants.
Dental Bridges at Advance Dental Care Center in Arlington, Virginia
Arlington Dental Bridges
Once we’ve determined that you are a suitable candidate for a dental bridge, we take impressions of your mouth and create a mold. We send the mold to a dental lab, where technicians build a unique bridge to fit your teeth. Until the permanent bridge is complete, we provide a temporary bridge to protect your abutment teeth and gums from damage. Once the permanent bridge is complete, we place it in your mouth and review the necessary steps to care for your new teeth. With proper oral hygiene and regular dental visits, your new dental bridge can last for up to ten years. If you’re discouraged by the issues you face from missing teeth, call Advance Dental Care in Arlington, VA, today at (703) 415-0505. We look forward to hearing from you and showing you how dental bridges can improve your smile!