Dental Bridges

Tooth Bridge Dentist in Centreville, VA

We provide a variety of options for your dental bridge at Centreville Dental Wellness Center. A secure and affordable solution to lost teeth, dental bridges can restore your smile and eliminate the gaps and embarrassment caused by missing teeth.

If you need to replace just one or up to three teeth in the same part of your mouth, a dental bridge is an affordable solution that is closer to being permanent than a removable partial denture. A tooth bridge can only be removed by a dentist and with proper care, a tooth bridge can last for years before needing replacement.

Young woman with a dental bridge from Centreville dental bridge dentist Dr. Vakay width=There are several types of dental bridges, the most common type being a traditional bridge that replaces a tooth or teeth that are in a row and have natural teeth on other side. The dental bridge consists of the artificial tooth or row of teeth with dental crowns on either side. Before placement of the dental bridge, your natural teeth on each side of the gap where your teeth are missing must be prepared to receive the dental crowns. The tooth bridge is then placed with the tooth crowns securing the bridge, and the artificial teeth, called pontics, in the middle. If you’ve ever wondered why this is called a bridge; it’s because with the dental crowns securing the replacement teeth on each side, it literally bridges the gap where your teeth were missing.

If you have missing teeth on the side of your mouth so that there are only natural teeth on one side of the gap, a type of dental bridge called a cantilever bridge can be used. Cantilever bridges are less common and not as secure as traditional bridges, and they are generally not recommended in the back of the mouth because they can put too much pressure on the other teeth and have the potential to cause damage.

“I wanted to close the gap in my smile but didn’t know where to begin. I talked with Dr. Vakay about dental bridges. I was even able to see how my smile would look following the procedure. It was the absolute best choice and I’m so happy I came here for my treatment!”

A third type of dental bridge uses a metal or porcelain framework that is bonded to the natural teeth. This is called a Maryland bonded or resin-bonded dental bridge.

Dental bridges can be made of porcelain, porcelain bonded to metal or ceramics. The only drawback to dental bridges is that they can place pressure on surrounding teeth. It is important to take good care of all your teeth when you have a bridge, to keep them healthy and strong. With proper care, a dental bridge can last for up to 15 years before needing to be replaced.

Getting a dental bridge usually takes a few appointments and follow-up visits. First, the teeth on the sides of the gap, called the abutment teeth, are prepared to receive the dental crowns. A temporary bridge is usually placed while your permanent bridge is being made from impressions of your teeth. After a few checks on placement, you receive your permanent bridge and it is cemented in place.

A dental bridge is not usually recommended if you have more than three missing teeth in a row. In that case, a partial denture might be a better option. A dental exam is necessary to determine if you are a good candidate for a dental bridge.

Contact Us for Dental Bridge Options near Fairfax Chantilly

You can call us at Centreville Dental Wellness Center at any time to ask questions or set up an appointment at our Centerville, Virginia office.

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What Our Patients Say

Dr Rena Vakay and her staff are truly the best. I have been going to the practice for many, many years and their professionalism is over the top. Long before Covid Centreville Dental Wellness has been top gold standard with office cleanliness. Dr Vakay is honest, bright, top rated and the best doctor I've had the pleasure of working with. The office is always in front of all the new technology. I can't say enough about this practice.

Kim M.

Dr Vakay is THE very best dentist ever. She is the only dentist who uses preventive dentistry rather than reactive. My teeth have never been in better condition. She measures my gums to be sure there is no change or recession every time. She also does beautiful cosmetic dentistry. I am proof!!!

Annie C.

Dr. Vakay and her assistant Christina are true artists. Their cosmetic dentistry skills are top notch. They made 5 new crowns for my upper front teeth and they look and feel beautiful and healthy. They were a pleasure to work with. When I brought to their attention that the color was a little brighter than I had anticipated, they offered to bleach my bottom teeth a second time (at no cost to me). That's true customer service.

Mary S.

I have been coming to Centreville Dental Wellness for 11 years, first to Dr. Judith Thomas and after she retired, to Dr. Jason Abel. My experience here has always been top notch and the entire office staff are professional and informed. I have had a variety of procedures and the office is good at getting me in on short notice, keeping me apprised of financial costs based on what my insurance will or will not cover, and making what could be a stressful time far less so. I highly recommend this practice across the board.

Louise M.

The staff is friendly and knowledgeable and I have never waited more that 5 minutes to get in and seen by either the hygienist or Dr. Vakay. The teeth cleaning is the best I have ever had hands down! My teeth feel and look amazing after having a cleaning at Centreville Dental Wellness Center.

Colleen M.

Dr. Vakay's office is Very friendly, detailed and efficient with their dental care! Old school patient service that doesn't exist any more . She is a "diamond ", shiny star!

Jason Y.

I have been going to Centreville Wellness for over 20 years. First went there by chance (there was no Yelp at the time), but have continued to go based on quality of work, price and customer service. They have certainly made changes to their practice since I first started going there; all of which were good. Dr. Vakay knows whats going on and how to take care of her patients.

Rob M.

Our family has been going to this dental practice for years, even before Dr. Vakay and Dr. Abel were there. We stayed through the transition because of the wonderful care we received. Everyone of the staff with whom I have interacted have not only been great at their jobs, but cheerful, friendly and kind. I trust both doctors. They combine new technology and treatment with old-fashioned, personal care. I highly recommend the practice.

Victoria F.

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