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 Process: Dental Bridge
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 you 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.
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