A dental bridge is a fixed appliance used to replace one or several consecutive missing teeth. It is important for your surrounding teeth and jaw bone to be healthy in order to be an ideal candidate for a dental bridge. One of our experienced Burlington area dentists at Fuller Dental will examine your teeth to make sure a dental bridge is right for you. A dental bridge can help restore normal chewing and speech, as well as restore and help to maintain the natural shape of your face and jaw.
It is important to find a replacement option for missing teeth as soon as possible to avoid the development of more complex dental issues. When you lose a tooth, you are at risk to develop tooth decay, bone shrinkage, and changes in the fit of your bite.
The Dental Bridge Process
Receiving a dental bridge requires more than one visit to our Burlington NC dental office. The materials used can vary from porcelain to metal alloy, or a ceramic composite material made to match your natural tooth color. After a thorough evaluation of your mouth, teeth, and gums, we will determine which material will give you the best results. Once the material is chosen, one of our skilled dentists at Fuller Dental will prepare the neighboring teeth for your new dental bridge.
The first step is to take impressions of your teeth. You will be given a temporary bridge while your dental bridge is being created. Once your dental bridge is created, we will attach it to your neighboring teeth, securing your new dental bridge for a comfortable fit. Your new dental bridge can last years with proper oral hygiene and routine dental care.
Implant-secured Dental Bridge
Dental implants can be used to secure a dental bridge where several consecutive teeth are missing. Dental implants use a tiny titanium post that is surgically implanted into the jaw bone. Over a period of time, the dental implant will fuse with the jaw bone, creating a stable and lasting foundation for your dental bridge. A dental bridge secured by dental implants provides more structural support for the jaw and bite and requires less maintenance.
Our Burlington dentist office provides all phases of treatment for your dental implant secured dental bridge under one roof. Our dentists will handle the pre-treatment planning, surgical implantation of the titanium implant, and attachment of the bridge. There is no need to visit another specialist for the surgical implantation portion of the implant process and you can feel confident with the consistency of care you will receive. Our team is both highly trained and experienced in implant dentistry.
Benefits of an Implant Secured Dental Bridge:
- No need to degrade healthy adjacent teeth
- They look and function like regular teeth
- Long lasting
- Durable and stable
- Helps prevent bone loss around the missing teeth
- No need for adhesive, which makes you dental bridge more natural feeling and comfortable
Dental Bridge FAQs
What impact can tooth loss have on my smile?
The gap in your smile can increase the likelihood of misalignment forming, leading to a greater risk of tooth decay and gum disease. In addition, the strain uneven smiles can place on the jaw joints can mean the onset of TMJ disorder or even bruxism (teeth grinding).
Will my tooth bridge look natural?
Yes! After we prepare the natural teeth on either side of the gap, we will take detailed impressions. The impressions are then used to create the prosthetic. A dental lab will incorporate life-like materials to ensure your new teeth blend with your smile.
Is a dental bridge easy to maintain?
Yes, you simply care for it as you would natural teeth. Brush your bridge and floss around and under it. You will need to clean the space between the top of your gums and the bottom of the bridge to prevent gum infection and other issues.
Can dental bridges be fixed in place with dental implants?
Yes. In some cases, we may use multiple dental implants to place a bridge. This technique offers greater security and helps ensure the prosthetic lasts much longer. If you have any questions or concerns about addressing tooth loss, then please contact our office today.
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