A missing tooth that leaves a gap in your smile isn’t just unappealing, it can lead to oral health problems, such as tooth decay and gum disease. At District Cosmetic Dental in Washington, D.C., Shaun Alex, DDS, provides dental bridges to replace missing teeth. These natural-looking appliances are bonded to surrounding teeth to bridge gaps in your smile and improve your appearance. If you have one or more missing teeth, call or use the online booking tool to schedule a consultation today.
A dental bridge is an appliance Dr. Alex uses to restore your smile if you’re missing one or multiple teeth. Bridges are fixed prosthetics, meaning they are bonded to surrounding teeth and aren’t removable.
A bridge consists of either one or several natural-looking prosthetic teeth that bridge the gap in your smile. Gaps often cause neighboring teeth to shift, which can lead to gum disease or decay.
Dr. Alex uses bridges that are made of zirconium oxide – a tough form of dental ceramic. This material provides a strong, durable appliance that’s also visually appealing, as it matches the shade of your natural teeth.
First, Dr. Alex will prepare your teeth that flank the gap. These teeth will be shaved slightly and eventually fitted with crowns to support the bridge. After your teeth have been shaped, Dr. Alex will take impressions of your mouth. The impressions will then be sent to the lab so your custom-made bridge can be created.
When your bridge arrives, you will come in, and Dr. Alex will bond your bridge with a special adhesive to the teeth flanking the gap.
Over the next few months, Dr. Alex will maintain regular appointments with you to monitor your progress and make sure you’re adjusting to the bridge.
Dental bridges help improve everyday functions affected by missing teeth, such as chewing, digesting and speaking. You’ll notice improvements after a short period of time — typically a few weeks — once you adjust to your bridges.
Regarding zirconium bridges, Dr. Alex prefers them over metal bridges since they typically cause less tooth sensitivity and are less likely to produce the dreaded “gray line” around your gumline. Custom-made zirconium bridges are durable, sturdy, and extremely natural-looking.
If you take care of your dental bridge, you should be able to keep it in good shape for at least 10 years. It’s important to brush and floss regularly and maintain your appointments for checkups and cleanings. Your teeth naturally change over time, so Dr. Alex may need to make slight adjustments to your bridge.
If you’re interested in getting a bridge to replace missing teeth, call or use the online scheduling tool to book an appointment today.