A dental bridge is a restorative dental solution that replaces one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges “bridge the gap” between missing teeth and natural teeth. They secure artificial teeth, or pontics, to adjacent teeth, called abutment teeth. Bridges can be attached, also known as fixed bridges, or removable.
Bridges can be made by placing dental crowns on abutment teeth. They can also be secured by using dental implants for a longer-lasting restoration. Dr. Ned Greenberg provides dental bridges to his Middle River, MD patients. Learn more about this restoration below:
Dental Bridge Treatment
It will take several appointments in order to fully secure your dental bridge. At the first appointment, Dr. Greenberg will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by removing a small part of the enamel. This is done to prepare them for the bridge. He takes dental impressions of your teeth in order to properly create your crowns or implants.
When cemented on natural teeth, crowns provide a stable bite and support. A traditional dental bridge is supported by two adjacent teeth and requires dental crowns to secure the bridge. Implant-secured dental bridges are supported by strategically placed dental implants.
Caring For Dental Bridges
Immediately following treatment, your mouth may feel numb. Refrain from eating or drinking hot foods or beverages until the numbness has worn off. Avoid eating sticky and hard foods. If possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth.
You may experience some temperature and pressure sensitivity, which should subside a few weeks after the placement of the final restoration. If your bite feels uneven, if you have severe pain, or if you have any other questions or concerns, please call our office. We will help you get the care you need.
Schedule a Dental Exam Today
Do you have one or more missing teeth? Try dental bridges. Call Dr. Greenberg for treatment today at 410.686.4646 or request a dental exam with him on our website. If you have any remaining questions about dental bridges or other restorations, let Dr. Greenberg know. He will be glad to help you get the answers you need.