What Are Dental Bridges?


Close up of middle aged couple-Dental BridgesOur cosmetic dentists in Silver Spring use bridges to replace missing teeth, help maintain the shape of your face, or alleviate stress on your jaw. They are a fixed dental restoration (also called a fixed dental prosthesis). The bridges are made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials, and are bonded onto the teeth on either side of the gap to increase support.


There are several types of bridges, which vary based on how the bridge is fabricated and the way it is anchored to the adjacent teeth. The type of material used also influences the type of bridge.


Why Should You Get Silver Spring Bridges?


Bridges are used not only to enhance the appearance of your smile, but to improve the functionality of your teeth. If you are missing teeth, your bite (also known as your occlusion) may change. You can also experience shifting of teeth, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), speech impediments, and an increased risk for periodontal disease and tooth decay.


How Successful Are They?


Coming into our Silver Spring dentistry and receiving a consultation can help us help you make the best decision. If we have determined a dental bridge is the best replacement option for your missing tooth (or teeth), we can then help you decide what material to pick to make the proper bridge for you.


The efficacy of any bridge depends on its foundation. The health of the other teeth, gums, or bone to which the bridge is attached will influence the stability of the bridge. It is important to continue to maintain the health of your existing teeth, gums, and jaw in order to give your bridge the most success.

Call our Silver Spring dentists at (301) 236-9000 to schedule an appointment!


How Do I Pick the Right Material?


Bridges can be made out of:


  • Gold
  • Alloys
  • Porcelain
  • High-strength, metal-free materials like zirconia or alumina
  • A combination of these materials


In order to make the decision on what material from which to construct your bridge, these things should be taken into consideration:


  • Material availability
  • Where in the mouth the bridge will be placed
  • Whether or not you grind or clench your teeth
  • Your dental insurance coverage
  • Any other factors identified by your dentist


By working with the best cosmetic dentistry in Silver Spring, your bridge will be made from the proper materials to perform and look like the rest of your natural teeth. No one need ever know you are wearing a bridge.


Dental Bridge Procedure


Dr. Keith or one of his associates takes X-rays and impressions of the area that requires a bridge. Preoperative photographs may also be taken to ensure proper planning for the best bridge restoration for you. If you are missing several consecutive teeth, your bridge may be three or more units. This means that there would be two crowns cemented to the teeth on either side of the space, and a false tooth (or teeth) to fill the extra space between the teeth.


Additional impressions are taken after the bridge has been prepared.


If the neighboring teeth that the bridge will be attached to are badly worn down or decayed, the best dentist in Silver Spring will build these damaged teeth back up to prevent future problems. This is done to ensure that the teeth will provide proper support for the bridge.


Your Daily Care Routine


After you have had your bridge cemented in place, it is important to maintain the best oral hygiene so that your bridge will last. A special bridge floss threader is important to have as it allows you to thoroughly floss the areas surrounding the bridge and between the false tooth (or teeth) and the underlying gum tissue. The bridge floss threader should be used daily to prevent any plaque build-up and bacteria.


It is also important to maintain proper brushing habits and to brush with fluoride toothpaste at least twice per day. For preventative maintenance you must visit your Silver Spring dentist every six months so she can perform a thorough examination and make sure your bridge is still functioning properly.


Determining the Cost of Dental Bridges


The cost of your bridge will depend on several factors that include:


  • The type of material used to construct the bridge
  • Your dental insurance coverage
  • The preparation of teeth involved in the bridge procedure
  • The potential need for additional procedures (like fillings or root canals) of the teeth that will support the bridge


How Long Will Your Bridge Last?


It is not uncommon for a dental bridge by our Silver Spring dentist to last for 10 to 20 years. The life of a bridge can be affected by several variables, such as how well they are cleaned and the health of the surrounding support teeth.

Call us today at (301) 236-9000 to schedule an appointment with our cosmetic dentist in Silver Spring. The restoration of your smile shouldn’t wait!