What Are Dental Bridges & How Do They Work?

senior couple sitting on a bench hug and smile after learning about dental bridges

Missing multiple teeth can derail your confidence and ability to eat and talk. The good news is, there are many restorative options to help improve your smile. Among those options are dental bridges, which are ideal for those who are missing multiple teeth in a row.

We’ll explain our dental bridge process at Three Creek Dentistry, and touch on other restorative options that we offer at our Derwood, MD dental office.

What Causes Permanent Teeth to Fall Out?

There are many reasons why you might begin to lose your teeth. One of the primary reasons is neglect, because improper oral hygiene can lead to cavities, decay, and gum disease, all of which can result in tooth loss. Excessive consumption of acidic foods and beverages, alcohol consumption, and tobacco consumption can all contribute to a tooth falling as well.

What Are Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges replace multiple missing teeth in a row, creating a “bridge” between existing teeth or dental implants. Bridges are usually made of porcelain or ceramic to match your natural tooth color. They are not rooted into your gums, like natural teeth or dental implants are, but they are a long-lasting restorative solution.

Dental Bridge Process

First, you’ll have a consultation with your dentist to discuss if dental bridges are the right solution for you for your dental health and for your budget. If it isn’t the right solution, we offer other restorative options that we can explore during your consultation, like dentures and dental implants.

During your first appointment, your dentist will prepare your teeth and take impressions to create a bridge that looks natural and feels comfortable. In some cases, you might get a temporary bridge before your permanent bridge is ready.

At your second appointment, you will receive your permanent bridge. After it’s in, your dentist will make minor adjustments to it if needed to ensure your comfort. They will also instruct you on how to care for your bridge. If cared for properly, your bridge can last up to ten years!

Dental Bridges in Cypress, Texas

If you’re missing multiple teeth, we’d be delighted to speak with you about dental bridges. If you are interested in learning more about dental bridges, give us a call at 240-541-5317 or book an appointment online. If you’re new to Three Creek Dentistry, take a look at our new patients page before your visit to make the process go smoother.


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