Bridges Specialist

Ted Thomas, DMD -  - General Dentistry

White Oak Dental

Ted Thomas, DMD

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Silver Spring, MD

Many people have missing teeth, whether from decay, injury, or something else. When you have a missing tooth, your confidence can suffer and chewing and speaking become more challenging. Dental bridges are a popular dental treatment to restore healthy mouth function. Dr. Thomas and the dental team White Oak Dental: Ted Thomas, DMD, in Silver Spring, Maryland, are experts in fitting patients with dental bridges. Find out if a bridge could benefit you by visiting Dr. Thomas. Call the office to speak with a friendly team member or select an appointment time by booking online.

Bridges Q & A

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is an oral appliance utilizing one or more artificial teeth. Its purpose is to fill a space in your smile left behind when a tooth is extracted or falls out.

Bridges get their name because they connect to natural teeth to bridge the gap. Missing teeth can cause oral health problems, and bridges help restore mouth function and make it easier to talk and chew.

A bridge is a customizable restorative dental procedure. The artificial teeth in a bridge can be made to match the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth, restoring the beauty of your smile.

What types of bridges are available?

A bridge is a customizable oral appliance. The number of artificial teeth utilized and where it is placed in your mouth depends on the specific teeth that you’re missing. There are three common types of bridges to fit a wide range of needs: fixed, cantilever, and Maryland bridges.

Fixed bridge

A fixed bridge is the most common type. It includes one or more artificial teeth and is held with support from natural teeth on either side. Dr. Thomas places crowns over the natural teeth to fix it in place.

Cantilever bridge

The cantilever bridge is similar to a fixed bridge, but it requires a natural tooth on just one side. The artificial teeth are positioned next to each other on the bridge, and it’s held in place by a single crown placed over a natural tooth. This is a good option if you’re missing teeth at the back of your mouth.

Maryland bridge

A Maryland bridge is held in place with natural teeth on either end of the bridge. But instead of crowns like a fixed bridge, a Maryland bridge is secured with a framework that’s permanently affixed to the back of each natural tooth.

Why do I need a bridge?

Missing teeth can be embarrassing, but the gaps left behind also make talking and chewing difficult. Your remaining natural teeth can shift or weaken from additional stress, which may lead to bite issues, jaw problems, and periodontal disease.

Getting fitted with a bridge helps preserve your oral health. A bridge can prevent your natural teeth from shifting by rebalancing pressure as you chew. This protects the integrity of your teeth, gums, and jawbone.

When gaps are filled with bridgework, your mouth can function normally once again. A bridge can make it easier to speak clearly and enjoy your favorite foods.

It’s time to find out if a bridge is a good option to restore your smile. Book a consultation with Dr. Thomas online or call the office for an appointment today.