Do you have one or more missing teeth? Are you looking for an effective way to restore your lost permanent teeth? Dental bridges can help. A dental bridge replaces consecutive missing teeth with a natural-looking dental restoration. Typically, dental bridges consist of porcelain and metal or ceramic with wings bonded to adjacent teeth. However, we recommend implant-secured bridges for a longer-lasting restoration. Learn about your options for dental bridge treatment at Smiles by Mia in Burke, VA.
Traditional vs. Implant-Secured Bridges
A traditional dental bridge needs support from natural teeth adjacent to a tooth gap. Dentists prepare these teeth and cap them off with dental crowns to keep the bridge in place. However, traditional bridges can damage healthy teeth, and the restoration lays on top of the gums. Although fixed, these dental bridges do not stimulate the bone or gum tissue. Implant-secured bridges offer a modern alternative to traditional dental bridges. Dental implants are small titanium posts that an oral surgeon places in the jaw bone beneath the gum tissue. After implants heal, they create a strong foundation for restorations like bridges.
Dental Bridges in Burke, VA
Before treatment, we ensure that patients have enough healthy bone tissue if they choose implant-secured bridges. Dental implants fuse to the jaw bone underneath the gums, so patients need a healthy bone structure. We will recommend bone grafting as needed to prepare patients for treatment. Then, we take dental impressions of their smiles. We send these impressions to a dental lab that creates the dental bridge.
During implant treatment, an oral surgeon makes an incision in the gums to access the bone tissue. Then, they create a hole in the jaw bone tissue to place the dental implants. Over three to six months, the metal implants fuse with the jaw bone tissue. We will offer a temporary restoration for patients during this period. Once the implants heal and the final bridge is complete, we attach the dental bridge to the dental implants.
Our dentists will give patients post-op instructions to ensure they properly care for their dental bridges. Patients can gently brush and floss between their restoration with a water pick or interdental floss. Once they fully heal, patients can eat the foods they love.
Restore Your Smile
Do you have multiple missing teeth? Schedule a dental appointment with us on our website. Call (571) 789-1265 if you have questions about dental bridge treatment. We are always happy to help our patients.