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.
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.
Can Dental Bridges Damage Teeth?
There is always the potential for a tooth to become damaged. However, dental bridges are bonded 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.