Dental bridges are common method used to replace missing teeth. Bridges use your existing teeth to literally create a “bridge” that crosses the area of your missing tooth or teeth. Bridges can be made from a variety of materials, including:
Dr. Phan is a local dentist that specializes in placing dental bridges for patients in Alexandria, Virginia in order to restore your smile after losing teeth.
The first step in creating a dental bridge is creating abutments from your existing teeth, where the bridge will be attached. Your existing teeth are recontoured in order to provide a base for the bridge. Once the abutments have been made, we take a mold of the area and send it to a dental lab.
The dental lab uses the mold in order to create a bridge that fits properly and feels as natural as possible. The bridge consists of two crowns on either end to place the abutments a pontic, which is simply the new tooth replacing the missing one.
While we wait for your permanent bridge to be created in the dental lab, we will fit you with a temporary bridge. The temporary bridge helps to protect the abutments and exposed gum area, and also to look more natural than having a gap created by missing teeth. Once your permanent bridge has been created, we will call you to schedule a follow-up visit to set it. The dentist will place the bridge on the abutments and use a strong adhesive to ensure it sets properly.
It may take a little while to get used to the bridge, but after a few days, it should begin to feel natural. Eat soft foods for the first few days following your dental bridge procedure. Once the initial phase is over, you will be able to eat normally without issue.
We strongly encourage patients to replace missing teeth. Aside from the aesthetic disadvantages of missing teeth, it may also lead to structural changes to your jaw and mouth, and make it difficult to eat and speak comfortably. Contact the office of Dr. Phan today at 703-931-6344 to schedule your appointment for dental bridges in Alexandria, Virginia.