Dr. Denise Halliburton provides dental bridge treatment to her patients in Ellicott City, MD. Dental bridges are a restorative dentistry solution for patients with consecutive missing teeth. Bridges are prosthetic teeth made of metal and porcelain ceramic. They can be removable or secured by adjacent natural teeth or dental implants.
Removable vs. Fixed Dental Bridges
Traditionally, dental bridges are removable. However, we recommend fixed bridges, particularly implant-secured bridges for a longer-lasting restoration. This is because removable dental bridges do not offer full stability to patients and do not allow them to speak, eat, or chew with full function. Natural teeth adjacent to missing tooth gaps can be covered by dental crowns to secure a dental bridge. Dental implants inserted into missing tooth sockets can also support a bridge. Implants offer permanent results because they restore teeth at the root.
Dental Bridge Treatment
For bridges that use natural teeth as support, Dr. Halliburton will remove a small portion of the enamel on either side of the tooth gap. This is done to ensure that the dental crowns can fit easily onto the teeth. Dr. Halliburton will take dental impressions that are sent to a lab where the bridge will be constructed. For implant-secured bridges, Dr. Halliburton will refer you to a local surgeon for the implantation. After the dental implants have healed, Dr. Halliburton will take dental impressions for the bridge.
Following your treatment, please refrain from eating and drinking hot beverages. We also ask that you avoid eating sticky and hard foods. You can brush and floss the area gently. Do not pull up on the floss, as this can dislodge a temporary bridge.
You may experience pressure and temperature sensitivity. We will provide you with a prescription for pain medications. Please contact our office if there are any abnormalities during the healing process. If you have persistent pain, excessive bleeding, or an uneven bite, call our office as soon as possible for emergency treatment.
Request a Dental Consultation
Want to know more about dental bridge treatment? Call Halliburton Family Dentistry today at 443.232.0656. You may also schedule a dental appointment with us online.