Bridges

Bridges Specialist
If you have lost a tooth to decay or an injury, it’s important to replace it, but not just for the obvious cosmetic reasons. Bone loss always occurs after the loss of a tooth, and it can lead to bite problems, problems with eating or speaking, and even jaw collapse. Dr. Amirreza Rafaat, DDS, at Lansdowne and Herndon Smile Design in Northern Virginia, has created dental bridges for hundreds of patients. You’re in safe hands with Dr. Rafaat. Call his office or book an appointment online today if you have a missing tooth.

Bridges Q & A

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is an artificial tooth supported by at least two crowns on either side of it. The crowns and the artificial tooth, called a pontic, are made of porcelain that is fused to metal. Dr. Rafaat matches the color of the crowns and pontic to your surrounding teeth for a natural appearance.  

 

Why do I need a dental bridge?

You need a dental bridge if you have lost a tooth. Dental bridges, which are typically covered by dental insurance, serve several purposes, such as:

  • Helping retain your natural jaw line
  • Preventing bone loss after the loss of a tooth
  • Helping you chew foods after tooth loss
  • Helping you maintain a proper bite
  • Keeping your speech clear

 

What happens during a bridge procedure?

Dr. Rafaat X-rays the teeth on either side of a missing tooth to ensure those teeth, called abutment teeth, can support crowns. He then files down the abutment teeth on either side of the empty space, makes impressions of them, and sends them to a dental lab. Crowns and a pontic, or artificial tooth, are manufactured in the lab. When the crowns are ready, Dr. Rafaat places them on what’s left of the healthy abutment teeth.

Before you leave the office, temporary crowns will be attached to your teeth to protect them until the permanent crowns are ready. If more than one tooth is missing, more crowns will be needed to bridge the gap between the abutment teeth; Dr. Rafaat assesses the correct number of crowns necessary.

At the second visit, Dr. Rafaat inserts the new bridge, consisting of a crown or crowns on either side of the artificial tooth or teeth. He attaches the crowns to your teeth with a resin that hardens when he uses a special light that bonds the adhesive quickly.

 

How do I take care of my dental bridge?

Crowns and bridgework require the same care as your other teeth. Be sure to brush and floss between all of your teeth every day to reduce plaque buildup, and maintain a regular schedule of dental appointments.

At Lansdowne & Herndon Smile Design, Dr. Amirreza Rafaat provides Dental Bridge services to patients throughout Northern Virginia, including Lansdowne, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Leesburg, Reston, and Broadlands, VA. Call or book an appointment online today to schedule a visit!

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