If you are missing any teeth, you have probably noticed a difference in chewing and speaking. Missing teeth can greatly affect jaw position and tooth alignment as well. Dental bridges are a unique solution for those with missing teeth. We offer all of our patients the opportunity to restore their smiles with this non-invasive, safe procedure.
Dental bridges literally bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. Creating a bridge is quite simple. Dr. David Bishop will create an abutment out of your existing teeth where the bridge will be attached. The existing teeth are reshaped to support the base of the bridge. After the abutments are created, a mold is cast of the area and sent to a dental lab. The lab uses the mold to create a permanent bridge. He will then fit you with a temporary bridge in order to keep your teeth from shifting.
In your follow-up visit with Dr. Bishop, he will set your bridge in place. The bridge will be placed on the abutments and an adhesive will be used to make sure the bridge is set. While getting used to your bridge, it is a good idea to eat soft food for the first couple days. After this period, you will be able to return to your normal eating habits.
If you are missing a tooth, you should strongly consider having it replaced with a dental bridge. Dental bridges will restore your smile, help maintain the shape of your face and can prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
Come to our Silver Spring, MD location for a consultation with Dr. David Bishop today!