Using Dental Bridges to Restore the Smile after Tooth Loss
- Posted on: Nov 15 2018
At Galleria Dental Aesthetics in McLean, VA, our team understands the importance of restoring the smile after tooth loss or extraction. Patients who have lost one or more teeth within the smile are often faced with a number of concerns. This includes shifting teeth, a less attractive smile, and reduced efficiency in eating and speaking. Patients may also experience periods of self-consciousness when they are in social situations because of their smile’s changes. Drs. Chong Lee, Joseph Oh, and Kirsten Lee believe that patients should have access to solutions that are best for their smile, which may at times include restorations known as dental bridges.
What is a dental bridge?
Restoring the smile after tooth loss can be achieved for most patients with dental bridges. A dental bridge is a restoration that is fabricated from porcelain and custom-made for a patient to match their existing teeth. Dental bridges include a crown on each end which is placed over the adjacent teeth to support the restoration. Fused in-between are pontics, or “false teeth” which float close to the gum line to function and appear as natural teeth. The entire restoration is a single piece that can be used in replacing one or more teeth in a row, with the support of adjacent, existing teeth.
Who is a candidate?
Any patient who is seeking a replacement for one or more teeth in a row will benefit from the placement of a dental bridge. If there are no adjacent teeth that can support the restoration, patients may consider having a dental implant placed on one or both sides as an anchor for the dental bridge. This will vary from patient to patient based on their specific needs.
Connect with the dentists at Galleria Dental Aesthetics today!
Our professionals are here to help with restoring the smile with affordable and viable solutions! If you are interested in dental bridges, connect with Drs. Chong Lee, Joseph Oh, and Kirsten Lee today by calling (703) 448-1020. The practice is conveniently located in McLean, VA at 1600 Tysons Boulevard, Suite #120. We welcome new and existing patients into our practice for comprehensive care.
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