Replacing a missing tooth is important for both dental health and long term overall health. Missing teeth affect daily quality of life, impacting both speech and diet.

A dental bridge is one of the options that Dr. Quynh-Chi Nguyen of Paradise Smiles of Chantilly offers patients who have lost a tooth. Dental bridges are used to replace one or several missing teeth. The bridgework is supported by an anchor on either side of the gap to hold the false tooth in place.

About Dental Bridges

Dental BridgesA dental bridge is a series of artificial teeth. The bridgework is supported by an anchor on either side of the gap to hold the false tooth in place.

A bridge can be supported in three ways: by natural teeth, dental implants, or a combination of the two. When the natural teeth are used to support the bridgework, a dental crown is typically placed to provide additional support and stability.

A dental bridge is a viable treatment option for anyone with one or more missing teeth. They may be either fixed or removable and Dr. Nguyen can help you choose which type is right for you.

About the Dental Bridge Procedure

We follow a simple process for treatment with dental bridges. This process begins with a comprehensive evaluation to examine the health of the teeth, gums, jaw joints and other support structures. You may have an existing dental bridge or have teeth that need to be extracted. Regardless of your condition, the dentist will create a personalized treatment plan that fits your needs, goals and budget.

A dental bridge can either be removable or fixed. In most cases, Dr. Nguyen will support the choice for a fixed dental bridge as a long term solution for missing teeth. The dental bridge can either be supported by dental crowns and/or dental implants. The dentist will prepare any teeth as needed to ensure a solid foundation for the dental bridge.

The dental bridge will be fabricated in a dental laboratory. You may have a temporary bridge to wear in the intermediate time period. In approximately 2 to 3 weeks from your initial visit, you will return for the delivery of the final restoration.

Dental Bridge FAQs

How much does a dental bridge cost?
The cost of a dental bridge will depend on the number and location of the missing teeth as well as the type of bridge and materials chosen. Dr. Nguyen accepts most dental insurance, participates in major HMOs, and will handle all necessary billing and paperwork. Additionally, she offers financing through CareCredit for patients who are concerned about cost.

Can you repair broken bridgework?
Although dental bridges are built to last a long time, problems still sometimes arise. Dr. Nguyen does offer dental bridge repair. If a bridge happens to chip, break, or come loose, you should contact Dr, Nguyen right away. Depending on the extent of damage, we may be able to cement the bridge or replace it all together.

How do I take care of my dental bridge?
A dental bridge should be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth. Dr. Nguyen will show you a special technique to floss under and around the artificial tooth or teeth. It is also important to visit the dentist at least twice a year for routine examinations.