Dental Bridge Frederick, MD

A dental bridge is a restorative dental solution that replaces one or more lost teeth for a healthier and more functional smile. Bridges are either permanently attached, also known as fixed bridges, or they can be removable. Fixed bridges are applied by either placing crowns on the abutment teeth or by bonding the artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth. Removable bridges are attached to the teeth with clasps or attachments.

In most cases, Dr. Sahil Goyal will recommend a fixed bridge because it is a more secure and comfortable solution for most patients. If you are interested in replacing multiple missing teeth with a dental bridge, call the Frederick, Maryland dental office of Dr. Goyal at 301.264.5680. You may also schedule an appointment online.

Dental Bridges in Frederick, MD

Receiving a Dental Bridge

The dental bridge procedure usually takes two or three appointments to complete. At the first appointment, Dr. Goyal will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by removing a portion of the enamel. This is done to ensure that the teeth are smooth for the restoration. He will take dental impressions that are sent to a lab where the bridge will be constructed.

Fixed bridges are typically cemented to the natural teeth next to the missing tooth gap. A pontic replaces the lost tooth and dental crowns support the bridge.

Caring For a Dental Bridge

Since the teeth will be anesthetized for treatment, you may feel numbness in the tongue, lips, and roof of the mouth. Please refrain from eating and drinking hot beverages until the numbness subsides. Avoid eating sticky and hard foods, and chew on the opposite side of your mouth. Brush normally, but floss carefully. Do not pull up on the floss, as this can dislodge a temporary bridge.

It is normal to experience some temperature and pressure sensitivity after each appointment. The sensitivity should fade a few weeks after your bridge is placed. You may use mild pain medications as directed. If your bite feels uneven, if you have persistent pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please contact our Frederick office as soon as possible.

Dental Bridge FAQs

Can Dental Bridges Damage Teeth?

There is always the potential for a tooth to become damaged. However, dental bridges can bond to one or more additional teeth. We ensure that bridges have had plenty of time to securely bond to adjoining teeth before patients resume their normal oral hygiene routine.

Why do dental bridges fail?

When dental bridges fail, poor oral hygiene is by far the most common and important cause. If you don’t take good care of your teeth, bacteria can get under the crowns of your bridge and eat away at the teeth on either side of the implant.

What happens if you get a cavity under a bridge?

Your bridge will need to be replaced if decay develops underneath an existing one. If you decide to replace a missing tooth, you will need to have two crowns placed on the teeth that previously supported your bridge.

Which dental bridge lasts the longest?

The durability of a dental bridge depends on the material used to construct it. A traditional dental bridge is the longest lasting option because it is permanently attached to the teeth on either side of the gap.

Can food get stuck under a bridge?

Food can easily become stuck beneath or around a bridge since there is a gap underneath the prosthetic tooth. It’s crucial to have routine exams to ensure that your dental bridge is properly fitting and functioning. Carrying floss threaders and/or dental brushes with you will assist you remove food particles if they become trapped between your teeth.

Can you sleep with a bridge in?

You should remove your dental bridge each night and store it while you sleep. This gives the mouth’s muscles, gums, and surrounding teeth a resting period. These kinds of devices can also harbor bacteria and hinder the mouth’s natural ability to clean itself, so it is important to practice good oral care, and to clean your bridge as well when you remove it at night. 

Is the process to get a bridge painful?

The process for placing the dental bridge in your mouth is rather simple and painless. In order to keep you pain-free throughout the operation, we will numb the area before beginning. This will ensure that you are pain free and comfortable during the procedure.