Dental Bridges in Ashburn VA
Why Dental Bridges?
At Ashburn Dental Care, dental bridges are provided to patients who need restoration of a tooth that has either been infected damaged or fallen out. This procedure is done in a manner that retains the natural look of one’s teeth, while also solving oral health problems. If you’re missing one or more teeth, a bridge is often the most effective option to fill the space for restoring a bite, easier chewing, increasing cosmetic appearance. A bridge may also be used to help maintain the shape of your face or alleviate stress on your bite.
Types of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges fall under one of four types. The most common is the traditional tooth bridge. These are a good option when there are natural teeth on either side of the gap from the missing tooth. The neighboring teeth are crowned to support the bridge.
If there is only one neighboring tooth to act as an anchor, a Cantilever dental bridge is the most common alternative. That tooth is crowned and supports all the weight of the replacement tooth of the bridge. However, this option can cause the existing tooth to weaken over time.
Maryland Bonded Bridge
A Maryland bonded bridge uses a porcelain or metal framework to support replacement teeth. While it still requires neighboring teeth on either side of the gap, those teeth don’t support the bridge, eliminating the risk of damage in the long term.
Finally, an implant-supported bridge uses implants instead of natural teeth to support the bridge. The implants are inserted into the jaw, which requires dental surgery, and the bridge is attached above the gum line. While implant-supported bridges are more expensive than other bridge options, they are stabler and last longer. They also allow you to replace multiple teeth.
In short, a bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth, looks great, and literally bridges the gap where one or more teeth may have been. Your bridge can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials and is bonded onto surrounding teeth for support.
The success of any bridge depends on its foundation — the other teeth, gums, or bone to which it is attached. Therefore, it’s very important to keep your existing teeth, gums, and jaw healthy and strong. Learn more about our dental crowns.
Before the Procedure
Similar to everything else at Ashburn Dental Care, we aspire to give our best to our patients, and if a patient has the intention of getting a dental bridge to improve their smile or wants better oral health and cosmetic improvement we encourage patients to have their teeth whitened before this procedure. It not only ensures that the crown color will be more appealing to you, but it improves the quality of your smile. At Ashburn Dental Care, we offer teeth whitening procedures. The reason for having a teeth whitening before having a dental bridge procedure is that if the procedure is done before whitening, the color of the bridge will be like the teeth before the whitening. The material the bridges are made from is designed to match that of the teeth at the time of the crowns procedure and it is bleach and stain-resistant meaning the crown would appear to be less white than the teeth IF the whitening is done after the crown.
What to do before a procedure?
When prepping for the procedure, Dr. Rizvi recommends taking the day off from work and if possible take a couple of days off as the teeth are sensitive after this procedure. This sensitivity is normal and is a good sign of proper oral hygiene. Taking off from work makes your life as the patient easier and you won’t have the stresses of work compounded on the effort of managing the new crown.
Ashburn, Virginia: During the Dental Crown Procedure
This is an important feature as a smile is vital for social and professional success. Dr. Rizvi at Ashburn Dental Care is a cosmetic dentist who will ensure the bridge looks natural in your mouth and each individual procedure is handled with the utmost care and attention to detail. At Ashburn Dental Care, we ensure our patients are comfortable and at ease by using local anesthesia or laughing gas.
What does a normal crown procedure look like?
First, an impression of a patient’s teeth is taken and the mold is sent to a dental lab. The lab designed and creates the bridge with precision and with care to ensure that the bridge looks natural in the patient’s mouth. When placing the dental crown around a tooth, Ashburn Dental Care starts by preparing the tooth. Secondly, a portion of the tooth’s enamel is removed so there is room for the new bridge to surrounding the two outer teeth without crowding the neighboring teeth. Thirdly, temporary crowns are placed for a minimum of two weeks until the lab creates the bridge using the impressions. When complete, the patient returns to our Broadlands office, where the temporary crown is removed, and the bridge is placed using dental bonding for a permanent fix to the patient’s oral health, and smile.
After the Procedure
It is normal to have sensitive teeth for a few days after getting a dental bridge procedure. At Ashburn Dental care, the patients are treated gently and kept as comfortable as possible to experience the least discomfort possible. To combat mild pain after the procedure, oral pain medication is recommended until a patient fully recovers. The bridge will ensure that the previously damaged tooth will not be exposed and the pain from that damaged tooth will be eliminated as the crown acts as a shield. the gap from the extracted tooth will be filled and the patient’s smile will be restored. After the procedure, a patient is able to eat normally, sleep normally, and speak normally and even better than before the bridge was placed. Dental Bridges enable a patient to go back to their active lifestyles worry and hassle-free. Book an appointment now with Ashburn Dental care by calling 703-570-6747, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.