A dental bridge is a common treatment option for replacing a missing tooth or several consecutive missing teeth. With the many advances made in tooth replacement, today’s dental bridges can be made to be secure, comfortable and natural looking for a functional smile. Dr. Mazhari places dental bridges in our Alexandria dentist office and patients benefit from her advanced training in the treatment of complex problems such as tooth loss.
Our goal is to help you get back your best quality of life with a naturally functioning smile that will support your long term oral health.
Dental Bridges: What To Expect
Dr. Mazhari will meet with you to evaluate your dental health and discuss your personal cosmetic goals as part of creating a your treatment plan. Replacing lost teeth with a dental bridge is a multi step process, beginning with preparation for anchoring the bridge with either existing teeth or new dental implants. Depending on the choice that is best for you, Dr. Mazhari will schedule your necessary visits and explain each step of the process.
If your dental bridge is to be anchored to existing teeth, we typically recommend the placement of dental crowns to provide added strength and stability to your teeth and enable then to support the bridge without becoming damaged over time. Dr. Mazhari may place your new crown during a single visit using CEREC technology, an in office CAD/CAM milling machine that can enable her to design, fabricate and place a high quality ceramic crown while you wait.
The next step is to take dental impressions to be used in the design and creation of your dental bridge. Dr. Mazhari will order your new restoration from a dental lab, often providing a temporary option to help you get used to the fit and function of a dental bridge. Once complete, Dr. Mazhari will permanently secure your dental bridge to the anchor teeth, providing you with a comfortable, natural looking smile that will enable you to enjoy normal speech, a healthy diet and a good quality of life each day.
Dental Implants vs Dental Bridges: What Is the Best Option?
When it comes to choosing the best option for replacing missing teeth, there are several key factors that can affect your long term result. Dr. Mazhari will discuss these with you to help you make the best decision and look forward to restoring a smile that looks and feels natural.
- Health and bone structure: Only patients in good health, with good bone structure will be candidates for dental implants. In some cases, bone grafting procedures can be complete if additional support is needed. If you are not a candidate for dental implants, a dental bridge may be the best solution.
- Cost: While the cost of a dental bridge may be more affordable in the short term than a dental implant, implants typically provide a better long term solution and are less likely to need repair or replacement in the future.
- Stable restoration: Dental implants provide a restoration that is just like a natural tooth. The dental implant is anchored to the bone, allowing you to eat whatever you want, brush and floss normally, and have unaffected speech. While the dental bridge itself is extremely durable, the concern is for the health of neighboring teeth. If one of the anchor teeth fails or needs dental work, it compromises the entire dental bridge.
- Procedure and recovery: Dental implant surgery is a relatively comfortable and quick procedure completed by an experienced oral surgeon. There will be a 3-6 month recovery period before the final restoration is completed in order to allow for sufficient healing and integration of the post.
Schedule An Appointment
If you have missing teeth, the first step towards regaining a healthy smile is to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mazhari on our Northern Virginia dentist office. We welcome new patients and work with anyone suffering from poor oral health as a result of dental anxiety. Known for her compassionate and caring dentistry, Dr. Mazhari will work with you as an individual to choose the right tooth replacement option for yur health, cosmetic goals and budget.