Do you have one or multiple missing teeth? A dental bridge is a conservative solution that dentists use as a tooth replacement. Dr. Keith Boenning and Dr. Nathan Dancykier provide dental bridges to patients in Towson, MD, and the surrounding areas. Removable or implant secured dental bridges help restore the aesthetics and function of patient’s smiles. Dr. Boenning and Dr. Dancykier specialize in helping patients with damaged or missing teeth. They work with each patients on an individual basis to find the best solution to their dental problems.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is single piece dental restoration that is fixed to either remaining teeth or dental implants. This single piece has dental crowns and false teeth (the pontics) all fused together. Your dentist will secure the crown portion of the bridge to the abutment teeth or the teeth implants.
Types of Dental Bridges
Depending on your specific needs, budget, and oral health goals, we will recommend one of these dental bridge types to restore your smile:
Removable Dental Bridge
This type of bridge is a short term solution for missing teeth. Removable restorations like bridges and dentures do not offer the benefits because they require frequent replacement or repair.
Traditional Dental Bridge
A traditional fixed bridge is made of one or more prosthetic teeth. Your dentist will anchor it to the teeth on either side of the missing tooth gap. The neighboring teeth will need to be reduced to accommodate the dental crowns for this treatment.
Implant Supported Bridge
Your dentist can also use dental implants to hold the bridge in place for a more stable and balanced bite. Implants also combat problems like facial sagging which will make a patient appear much older. Also, it does not require damaging any surrounding teeth. Your dentist will insert at least two dental implants into your jawbone. Then they will secure the bridge to those permanent fixtures.
The Dental Bridge Procedure
To begin treatment, we will prepare the teeth on either side of the missing tooth gap. The dentist will cap off natural teeth with dental crowns and use them to anchor the metal and acrylic dental bridge. We will take dental impressions of the teeth and ensure that we select a natural looking color for the dental bridge. In many cases, we will provide you with a temporary dental bridge while the dental lab technician is fabricating the permanent dental bridge. Once the dental bridge is complete, we will make sure it fits comfortably in the mouth before the dentist bonds it to the anchor teeth.
If you require an implant-supported bridge, we will first surgically insert the dental implants into the jawbone. After a healing period of three to six months, we take dental impressions your teeth. A dental lab will use them to create the dental bridge that will fit perfectly and blend in naturally. When complete, we will permanently secure the dental bridge using dental implants. You can learn more about dental implants here.
You can request an appointment with Dr. Boenning or Dr. Dancykier on our website. You may also call our Towson dental office at 410.324.2294 to book your appointment.