To help restore the smile of and prevent future dental problems for patients with missing teeth, our dentist is happy to provide fixed dental bridges. Bridges are non-removable dental appliances that attach artificial teeth to the “abutment” teeth, or the natural teeth adjacent to the gap.
There are two ways to apply a fixed bridge. The first involves placing crowns on the abutment teeth and attaching the replacement tooth to them, while the second involves bonding the replacement tooth directly to the abutment teeth. Both methods are effective, and the method used to place your bridge will be determined by your specific needs. As a general rule, the second technique is used more as a temporary solution for replacement of missing teeth instead of as a long-term solution.
Bridges have many benefits and can be used to:
- Fill gaps left by missing teeth
- Restore function of the bite
- Prevent the teeth from shifting
- Retain the natural shape of your face
- Promote a naturally beautiful smile
Bridges can be made using a variety of dental materials, including tooth-colored materials that look completely natural so that when you smile, no one will know you were ever missing a tooth. Remember to continue brushing and flossing every day as well as attend your regular check-ups with Dr. Chetan Parikh to maintain your new dental bridge. Please call Chetan Parikh, DMD, MDS, DABCDSM today to learn more about the benefits of a fixed dental bridge in Rockville, Maryland.