Dental Bridges Washington DC
Top-Rated Prosthodontist Serving the greater Washington DC area
Dental bridges are used to secure replacement teeth, enabling smiles marred by missing teeth to be restored to their optimal strength and beauty. Bridges may be attached to teeth on either side of a gap, to just one adjacent tooth and a dental implant, or secured to a wire framework. Abutment teeth are covered with dental crowns to help prevent damage to healthy tooth enamel.
In the Washington D.C. dental office of Dr. Marlin, dental bridges are constructed from high noble gold alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Our bridges are fabricated onsite in our private dental lab where quality control and precise details are overseen by Dr. Marlin and our experienced lab technicians. Fast, reliable, and effective, the dental bridges offered by Dr. Marlin can have a profound impact on the strength and appearance of your smile. Call us today to schedule a consultation and learn more.
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When is a Dental Bridge Needed?
Teeth were designed to complement each other by distributing the forces of your bite. When teeth are missing, unusual stresses are placed on the remaining teeth, gums and other oral tissues, which can allow:
- Adjacent teeth to fall into the space left by the missing tooth
- Opposing teeth to grow out of their socket
- Difficulties biting and chewing
- Speech abnormalities
- Jaw shrinkage and collapse
It is important to remember that a dental bridge can only hold replacement teeth above the gums and, while this can preserve bite tension, prevent adjacent tooth slippage, and restore beauty to the smile, it will not prevent jaw shrinkage. Dental implants are the only method of tooth replacement that can prevent structural changes to the jaw brought about by mineral loss.
Caring for Your Dental Bridge
Oral hygiene is of critical importance as the dental bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support. A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. If you have difficulties maintaining a routine, we can help you create one that makes sense for your health during your next routine visit. While all solid daily habits include brushing and flossing, there are minor variances needed for individual smiles in order to optimize their health and appearance.
Please call Dr. Gerald Marlin at 202-851-8016 to schedule a dental bridge consultation at Elite Prosthetic Dentistry Dr. Marlin serves patients in Bethesda, Arlington, and nearby areas of Maryland and Virginia, as well as visitors from across the country.
Simply Radiant, Simply Natural
Dr. Gerald Marlin is a leading specialist in implant, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry. One of the only prosthodontists with an on-site lab, Dr. Marlin has been voted “Top Dentist” by his peers for more than 20 years in a row in Washingtonian Magazine’s annual “Best Dentist” survey, and is considered the most experienced prosthodontist in the D.C. area.