Dental Bridges Overview
When one or more of your teeth are missing, it's more than just an unsightly cosmetic issue — missing teeth can cause other teeth to shift out of their natural placement. This can result in more tension when biting, increased pain during chewing, or even the impairment of speech. A dental bridge restores the appearance and health of your mouth by covering gapped spaces with a false tooth supported by either your natural teeth, dental implants, or a combination of both. At Smiles of Chevy Chase, experienced dentist Dr. Despina Markogiannakis crafts dental bridges with top-quality materials that will help to restore your beautiful smile. If you have gaps in your smile, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Markogiannakis at her Chevy Chase, MD dental practice to learn more about your restoration options regarding restorations, like dental bridges.
Best Candidates for Dental Bridges
People with missing teeth don't merely have a cosmetic issue — gaps between the teeth can often have a negative impact on your oral health. Being that your mouth is carefully balanced, a missing tooth can dramatically affect its function. Over time, a missing tooth can lead to teeth shifting, creating bite problems (underbite, overbite, crossbite) and atrophy of the gums and jawbone. A dental bridge requires the surrounding teeth to be strong enough to support the restoration, including sufficient jawbone density and gums. Dr. Marko will assess your mouth during your exam and consultation to help you decide the best bridge type (traditional, cantilever, Maryland bonded, or resin bonded) and material (such as ceramic).
What To Expect with Dental Bridges
After your teeth are prepped and filed down, Dr. Marko will take digital x-rays and impressions of your mouth so that your custom bridge can be crafted to adequately suit your teeth. If needed, a temporary bridge or restoration can be placed while your custom one is being made. Once your bridge is ready, the necessary areas of your mouth will be numbed with local anesthesia. Other anesthesia or sedation options may be used if you have any dental anxieties or a strong gag reflex, allowing you to be comfortable during the procedure. The bridge will either be cemented in place or attached to dental implants, depending on the support you and Dr. Markogiannakis chose during your consultation. Dr. Marko will carefully adjust the fit of the bridge so that it fits correctly in your mouth and remains in place.
Dental Bridges Follow-Up
You should notice an improvement in the appearance and function of your teeth. You may need a second visit at Smiles of Chevy Chase so your dental bridge can be adjusted if it feels uncomfortable in the first few weeks after placement. Dr. Markogiannakis or a member of her team will show you how to maintain your bridge, including the best way to clean it and any foods to avoid. It is crucial to keep your bridge and mouth clean since cavities can still develop underneath the restoration. With proper care, your bridge can last for many years. You should continue to schedule appointments at Smiles of Chevy Chase for your annual dental exams and bi-annual dental cleanings. During your exams, Dr. Marko will check the health and wear of your bridge to determine if it needs to be repaired or replaced.
Dental Bridges Insurance Coverage
Dental restorations, like bridges, are typically covered, at least in part, by dental insurance. One of our team members will work with your insurance company to calculate your coverage and out-of-pocket costs. Smiles of Chevy Chase accepts many forms of payment, including medical financing, which can be discussed during your consultation with Dr. Marko. She will also help you select the best bridge type and material to fit both your needs and budget.
Dental Bridge Restorations
Even if you don't mind how your smile looks with a tooth missing, this can eventually lead to long-term problems if treatment is not sought and given. Schedule a consultation with experienced dentist Dr. Markogiannakis to learn more about dental bridge restorations and the different options to fit your specific needs. Smiles of Chevy Chase is proud to offer high-quality dental restorations that can help improve the appearance and health of your smile. Contact our professional dental office in Chevy Chase, MD to schedule your appointment.