Missing teeth can negatively affect the appearance of your smile and can often times cause difficulty eating or speaking. Dr. Cobb offers a variety of replacement options for missing teeth, including dental bridges. Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth, and “bridge” the gap in a patient’s smile. Using the latest materials, Dr. Cobb creates artificial teeth that are virtually indistinguishable from you natural teeth.
Dental Bridges in Washington D.C.
Dr. Cobb will begin the procedure by removing a small amount of enamel for the dental crown to properly placed. Next, using state of the art laser technology, Dr. Cobb will take impressions of the teeth. If necessary, a temporary dental bridge will be provided while the impressions are being made into a personalized dental bridge.
During the second visit, Dr. Cobb will install the dental bridge. After the install, Dr. Cobb will check the fit of the dental bridge to ensure it fits comfortably in the patient’s mouth. At the end of the visit, Dr. Cobb will give you aftercare instructions and how to properly take care of your new smile.
Dr. Cobb uses metal-free restorations and typically uses porcelain material for dental bridges. With proper diagnosis and treatment planning, porcelain dental bridges are extremely long lasting and provide superior esthetic results.
Options for Missing Teeth
If you are missing teeth, you have several options available for replacement. Dr. Cobb will conduct a comprehensive examination and consultation to recommend treatment options and help you make the best choice. Options for missing teeth include:
- Dental Implants – Dental implants are the gold standard for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants are extremely long lasting and virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. While many people think that dental implants are a highly involved surgical procedure, it is actually quite simple.And though the upfront investment in dental implants is significant, the long-term benefits often outweigh financial concerns. Unlike other types of dental restorations, dental implants do not need to be replaced and have a success rate of over 95%. Learn More.
- Dental Bridges – A dental bridge is a prosthetic tooth or teeth connected to two dental crowns which cover the teeth on either side of the gap. A dental bridge may also be supported by one or more dental implants for better long term results.
Learn More About Dental Implants
- What Are Dental Implants?
- Benefits of Dental Implants
- Dental Implants FAQs
- Dental Implants vs Dentures
- Cost of Dental Implants
- Dental Implants for Multiple Missing Teeth
Dental Bridge FAQs
Is it really necessary to replace missing teeth?
Losing a tooth can actually have a large impact on your dental health. Even a single missing tooth can cause major shifts in the alignment of your teeth and create an uncomfortable bite. Tooth loss puts you at risk for developing other oral health problems such as tooth decay, gum disease, bone loss, gum recession and further tooth loss.
Are dental bridges removable?
There are several types of dental bridges. A removable dental bridge is only recommended for patients who need a short-term solution to maintain tooth position while they are preparing to have a fixed dental bridge or dental implant placed.
How long does a dental bridge usually last?
The lifespan of a dental bridge is between 5 to 15 years. A bridge that is well taken care of can last over 10 years before it needs to be replaced. Dr. Cobb can determine how soon your current bridge will need to be replaced, and offer recommendations.
Does a bridge damage your teeth?
An ill fitting bridge can cause damage. If your dental bridge fits too loosely, it can cause cavities and decay of the tooth under the anchored crown. If the supporting teeth are compromised, the restoration can fail. An ill fitting bridge can also cause gum irritation and gum disease. If your bridge restoration is causing you problems, visit us today for recommendations.
Schedule a Dental Exam Today
If you have missing teeth or are about to lose your teeth, contact Dr. Andrew Cobb for a consultation. We will review your specific condition and make recommendations for the best replacement options to give you a healthy, comfortable, natural looking smile.