As an experienced restorative dentist, Dr. Gerald offer several restorative dental services to replace any number of missing teeth. If you are missing one or several consecutive teeth, Dr. Gerald can provide you with a dental bridge in Vienna, VA. He will work with you to create a custom dental treatment plan that meets your oral health concerns. A dental bridge is a dental prosthetic that restores consecutive missing teeth. Dr. Gerald will help patients discover the best dental restoration for their needs, whether it’s a dental bridge, denture, or implants.
Removable vs. Fixed Dental Bridges
A dental bridge is essentially a row of teeth fused together to make one dental prosthetic. There are several ways to secure a bridge. A removable dental bridge is not a permanent solution for your missing teeth. They are typically used as a temporary solution while the final fixed bridge is being created in a dental lab. This is because removable bridges do not help retain the bite. Removable dental bridges may cost less than fixed options, but they do not come with long-term benefits. Alternatively, fixed dental bridges have more support in the form of natural teeth covered by crowns or dental implants.
A dental bridge that is supported by dental implants is the best treatment for patients missing several consecutive teeth. This method of replacing teeth does not involve harming remaining. Additionally, they create a stable foundation for the bridge because they restore the teeth at their root. Two or more implant fixtures are inserted into the jawbone during a surgical procedure. It takes about three to six months for them to fuse with the bone. Then a custom-made dental bridge will be made to attach to them. The dental bridge will be very stable allowing you to eat a greater variety of food. Dr. Gerald collaborates with local oral surgeons and dental specialists for the surgical implantation portion of the treatment.
Dental Bridge in Vienna, VA
If you decide to get a fixed bridge that is not secured to dental implants, the process will be faster and cost less. In this case, two dental crowns (which are located on each of the bridge) will be secured to two adjacent teeth to hold the bridge in place. These two adjacent teeth have to be reduced significantly to make room for the crowns. To fabricate the bridge, we take dental impressions. These dental impressions are sent to a dental lab. Once complete, we will cap off the natural adjacent teeth with crowns to secure the bridge. Then we will ensure that the dental bridge feels comfortable and is stable in the mouth.
Contact Our Dental Office
Do you want a fuller and more balanced smile? Book an appointment with Dr. Gerald today to see if a dental bridge is the right treatment for you. Call our Vienna office for restorative dental treatment today at (703) 721-4796 or you can schedule a dental consultation on our website. We look forward to seeing you on your next visit and helping you resolve your oral health needs.