Porcelain Dental Bridges For Stable, Lasting Smile Restoration
Your teeth are strong, but they aren’t indestructible. Damage to your smile should be addressed right away so you can speak clearly, smile your best, preserve your oral health, and protect your self-esteem. At JB Dental Associates and TMD & Sleep Center, our Sterling, VA cosmetic dentists, Drs. Bahng and Chang, can restore your smile with porcelain dental bridges. Keep reading to learn more about this cosmetic dentistry option and how it can benefit you.
What Are Porcelain Dental Bridges?
Porcelain dental bridges are designed to replace up to four adjacent missing teeth. They consist of dental crowns on either side of the restoration, which support a row of false teeth called pontics. The dental crowns on either end of the pontics use the healthy teeth surrounding the gap, often called abutment teeth, for support. The pontics effectively ‘bridge the gap’ left by missing teeth to complete your healthy smile.
Our dental bridges are made of porcelain, although they’ve always been made out of metal, ceramic, zirconium, and composite materials. While traditional porcelain dental bridges are usually supported by abutment teeth, they can also be supported by dental implants.
Benefits of Porcelain Dental Bridges
- Fixed, Sturdy Restoration – Unlike removable dentures, porcelain dental bridges are fixed in place, so you won’t have to take them out to clean out or worry about them falling out.
- Cost-Effective – Porcelain dental bridges are an affordable means of restoring your smile.
- Lifelike Solution – Porcelain dental bridges are custom-made to blend in seamlessly with your natural smile.
- Longevity and Durability – Porcelain dental bridges can last 15 years to a lifetime with proper oral hygiene and regular dental exams
- Prevents Misalignment – Porcelain dental bridges help prevent mesial drift, which occurs when your remaining teeth shift towards the space left by your missing teeth.
The Porcelain Dental Bridge Process
There are several kinds of dental bridges, so the process will vary depending on the type of bridge you receive. For a traditional fixed porcelain dental bridge, here’s what you can normally expect:
Before receiving your porcelain dental bridge, you’ll attend an initial consultation with one of our cosmetic dentists. During your consultation, your Sterling dentist will provide a thorough dental exam, review your medical history, and discuss your oral health goals with you. They’ll also discuss your treatment options so you can make an informed decision.
Designing Your Porcelain Dental Bridge
Once your cosmetic dentist has approved you for treatment with porcelain dental bridges, they’ll take images and impressions of your teeth. These will serve as the blueprints for your custom-made dental bridge.
To prepare your teeth for your new dental bridge, we’ll apply a local anesthetic. Once we’re sure you’re numb, your cosmetic dentist will remove a small amount of enamel from the abutment teeth. If you’re prone to dental phobia or anxiety, we also offer sedation dentistry options to help you relax during your procedure. You’ll return to our office to have your dental bridge installed once it’s ready.
Installing Your Porcelain Dental Bridge
Before installing your new porcelain dental bridge, your Sterling, VA cosmetic dentist will check with you to make sure you like the look of your restoration. If you like the way your new dental bridge looks, your dentist will check the fit to make sure it’s comfortable for you before permanently bonding your dental bridge to your abutment teeth. Once your new dental bridge is installed, you can start enjoying your new smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much do dental bridges cost?
The cost of your dental bridge will vary based on multiple factors including how many teeth need replacing, what kind of bridge you receive, and your insurance. Our Sterling cosmetic dentists and the rest of our staff encourage you to contact your insurance provider ahead of time to confirm with them which costs your plan will cover.
If you need help affording your treatment, we can alleviate some of your burden with our flexible financial options. We accept many different forms of insurance, offer an in-house membership plan, and also offer third-party financing through CareCredit.
How long do porcelain dental bridges last?
A porcelain bridge usually lasts 15 years with regular oral hygiene and dental exams. If you want to get the most out of your dental bridge, you’ll need to practice regular oral hygiene, and visit your Sterling cosmetic dentist at least twice a year for dental exams.
Can dental bridges be whitened?
Dental bridges are stain-resistant, and can’t be whitened. If you want to undergo a teeth whitening treatment, our cosmetic dentists recommend you do so before receiving your bridge. That way, you can match your restoration to your new smile.
What do I do if my porcelain dental bridge falls out?
If your dental bridge falls out, don’t attempt to put it back in yourself. This can do damage to your dental bridge and your teeth. Instead, save the dental bridge in a plastic bag and call JB Dental Associates and TMD & Sleep Center at 703-444-4188 to schedule an appointment as soon as possible. Our cosmetic dentists will either secure the dental bridge properly or determine if it needs to be replaced and offer you options for a new one.
Learn More About Porcelain Dental Bridges, Call Us Today!
Porcelain dental bridges are stable, lifelike restorations that can help you enjoy a full, healthy smile for years to come. Our cosmetic dentists offer dental bridges for stable, affordable smile restoration to patients from Sterling, VA and surrounding areas such as Arlington, Fairfax, and Rockville, VA.
If you’re interested in learning more about porcelain dental bridges, contact JB Dental Associates and TMD & Sleep Center by dialing 703-444-4188 and schedule an appointment with one of our Sterling cosmetic dentists. You can also fill out the contact form in the upper right hand corner and one of our friendly staff will get back to you shortly.