Porcelain Bridges in Vienna, VA?
Modern dental restorations have come a long way in the last couple of decades with many options for a patient to consider when replacing and restoring teeth. The dentist uses dental bridges to replace lost or decayed teeth. These commonly performed procedures give our patients the most satisfactory results and Dr. Ellenbogen will work with you to determine which treatment options and materials will best suit your needs. You do not have to suffer with a lasting toothache! Instead call our Vienna, VA dental office today for an evaluation.
Most Common Reasons Our Patients Need Bridges
- Protect weakened teeth from fracturing
- Restoring cracked or chipped teeth
- Used with dental implants
- Replacing missing teeth
Dental Bridge Procedure
Traditional bridges include abutment crowns placed on either side of a missing tooth and “bridged” by a pontic, or false tooth securing a false tooth between them. These restorations replace one or more missing teeth as long as there are healthy teeth or dental implants used on either side of the dental prosthesis. The dentist cements the entire unit in place, restoring your smile. Dental bridges,just like crowns, are made from a combination of metal and ceramic materials to meet the needs of patients. There are different types of bridges the dentist can choose, and the best way to identify a solution is by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Ellenbogen.
What is the Treatment for Bridges?
The procedure can take two to three appointments depending on your unique needs. First Dr. Ellenbogen will evaluate your smile and take both images and X-rays. Then, he will use sedation dentistry and local anesthesia to make sure you are comfortable during treatment. Next, he will prepare your teeth to receive the restoration. This might involve extraction of any decayed or damaged teeth that cannot be saved. He will eliminate decay, clean the area, and cut down some of the natural tooth structure, shaping it to make room for the bridge. Then the dentist takes impressions of your teeth and molds to send to the dental lab, where they fabricate your restoration. If everything is in order, he will numb the area and permanently cement your new bridge in place.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
- Allows you to chew and speak properly
- Keep remaining teeth in proper place
- Equally distribute the biting forces
- Restore the natural beauty of your smile
- Help maintain the shape of your face
Dental Bridge Problems
For the most part, any dental restoration will last between five and 15 years. This dental restoration replaces your missing or decayed teeth, matches the natural form and function as much as possible and is meant to stay in place for some time. Ideally, these would be permanent restorations like dental implants. Unfortunately, most people subject their teeth to a lot of wear and tear. If you accidentally damage your bridges, they might require a replacement. If you practice proper oral hygiene and visit the dentist regularly, you can expect your bridges to last even longer. Some common problems to watch for include:
- Tooth sensitivity
- Porcelain becomes chipped
- Jawbone shrinkage due to lost tooth
- Risk of tooth decay and gum disease
To care for your dental bridges, treat them like you would any other tooth. This means daily flossing and brushing at least twice a day. You should visit your dentist twice a year for exams and professional cleanings. During these routine appointments, Dr. Ellenbogen will check on the restorations and make sure no damage or loosening has occurred.
Getting Dental Bridges from Dr. Ellenbogen
If you have a seriously damaged tooth or missing teeth, you may need bridges to restore the full function and beauty of your teeth. In our office, we strive to provide only the most effective and advanced treatments for all our patients. These dental restorations are uniquely crafted to match the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth. All appointments run as smoothly and efficiently as possible with our sedation techniques, anesthesia, and advanced technology.
You do not have to keep living with a gap in your smile or a painful toothache. You deserve the best!
If you are thinking about getting crowns or bridges, contact us today at (703) 734-1095 to schedule an appointment. We are ready to answer any questions you might have including questions about dental bridge cost, and in no time, we develop a treatment plan to best suit your needs.