Tooth loss can not only impact your ability to eat and speak normally, but it can hurt your confidence in social situations, as well. If you have suffered from the loss of two or more teeth and are looking for a permanent solution, consider implant-supported bridges. This multi-step dental treatment fills gaps in your smile and gives you a strong, sure bite so you can eat and speak with ease for decades to come.
If you’re looking for tooth replacement treatment in Sterling, VA, look no further than Dr. E. Richard Hughes. Dr. Hughes is only of only 500 dentists to receive the distinction of Diplomate within the American Board of Oral Implantology and has the experience and skill to give you peace of mind during your treatment.
Unlike traditional bridges which rest on top of the gums, implant-supported bridges offer a more stable bite and restore the full function of lost teeth. Patients have the freedom to eat, drink, laugh, and speak with confidence, knowing that their bridge will remain in place. Dental implants also help to strengthen and preserve bone tissue in the jaw to prevent future bone atrophy.
Dr. Hughes is widely-recognized as a leader in dental implant and implant-supported bridge treatment. As a member of the Board of Directors for both The American Academy of Implant Prosthodontics and The International Academy of Implants and Transplants, Dr. Hughes is knowledgeable about the latest treatment advances and uses innovative approaches to help his patients recover more quickly and experience greater satisfaction.
Dr. Hughes will typically recommend implant-supported bridges for patients who need to replace at least two or more consecutive missing teeth. Dr. Hughes will conduct a thorough examination of your smile and medical history before asking about your expectations for treatment. He can determine whether or not this course of option is right for you.
In addition to being in good overall health, patients should also:
Local anesthetic is administered before every surgical procedure to ensure you experience minimal discomfort. For patients who are anxious or fearful in the dentist's chair, Dr. Hughes can administer sedation so that you can relax during your treatment.
While treatments differ slightly from patient to patient, you can usually expect a similar timeline of events:
While traditional bridges are a reliable option for replacing lost teeth, you do not have to feel like they are your only option. If you are ready to put tooth loss behind you and regain a fuller smile, contact our office now or call us at (703) 444-1152 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Hughes.