SOUTH CAPITOL SMILE CENTER, WASHINGTON DC
If you’ve lost a tooth, a large gap in your smile can create significant problems for your dental health if left uncorrected. Over time, your bite pressure may shift to other parts of your mouth to compensate for an inability to chew efficiently in the area of the missing tooth. Nearby teeth may move into the gap, resulting in discomfort, pain and more problems in the future. To prevent this, Dr. Samaddar has a possible solution: a porcelain bridge.
After some preparation of the two neighboring teeth, crowns are created for them. Then a prosthetic tooth is fused between the crowns. Fixed bridges literally “bridge the gap” in your smile. Dr. Samaddar can create a functional, natural-looking bridge to correct your smile, restore your bite and alleviate your discomfort in just one visit.
Q: I just want my smile to look good. What are some options to help the appearance of my smile?
A: You are not alone. Most people want to have a nice smile since it is the first thing others notice about you. You may be interested in a few minor adjustments or may have concerns that need more attention. Some smiles can be enhanced with simple whitening or bonding treatments. Other smiles need Invisalign®, porcelain veneers, crowns or bridges; gum contouring; periodontal therapy or a combination of all these techniques. Dr. Samaddar will suggest a treatment plan for you based on your goals, areas of concern and the overall condition of your oral health. Contact us today for a smile evaluation to determine what course of action will produce the best solution for you.
Q: What are my options to replace a missing tooth?
A: By replacing missing teeth either with a bridge or implant, you will alleviate the problems associated with missing a tooth and give your smile back its beautiful, full and functional appearance. A bridge is one solution for replacing a tooth. By using neighboring teeth as the supportive structure, Dr. Samaddar places a porcelain restoration into the vacant space, restoring the functionality and look of your smile. A dental implant is also an excellent solution. Dental implants involve the placement of a titanium post directly into the jawbone. Once the post has bonded to the bone, it can act as a new, solid support for a natural looking porcelain restoration. Implants can replace a single tooth, or an entire set of teeth, offering more function and permanence than traditional dentures.