Missing teeth create a variety of dental concerns within your smile. Not only do they cosmetically mess with the appearance and uniformity of your smile, but they also negatively impact the functionality of your smile as well. Missing teeth put extra stress on your remaining teeth as they must make up for the loss when performing daily tasks like chewing or speaking. Additionally, missing teeth will likely lead to dental shifting as your other teeth will eventually attempt to fill in the gap by moving closer towards it.
If you are missing one or more teeth, consider dental bridges in Clinton, NC to restore the look and functionality of your smile. Clinton Family & Cosmetic Dentistry provides restorative dentistry services for all ages.
Dental Bridges in Clinton, NC
If you are missing one or more consecutive teeth, our team is able to provide you with a dental bridge. Dental bridges literally bridge the gap in your smile created by missing teeth. Using the support of your surrounding teeth, the bridge hardware holds a prosthetic tooth in place of the missing one. Patients love dental bridges because they do not require a surgical procedure or a long healing time. After their bridge is successfully placed, they will be able to leave our office with a beautifully restored smile.
The Benefits of a Dental Bridge
- Prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of place
- Hold the natural shape of your face
- Help maintain a normal bite
- Allow you to speak and chew properly
Dental Bridges vs. Dental Implants
When you are missing a tooth, you have many options when it comes to tooth replacement. Patients will often need to choose between dental bridges or dental implants. While dental bridges are effective at cosmetically replacing your missing tooth and maintaining your bite alignment, they do not offer the same long-term benefits as dental implants do. Additionally, dental bridges require the support of your surrounding teeth, while dental implants do not.
Dental implants are considered to be the premier option for tooth replacement. However, they require a surgical procedure and an extended healing time before they are officially complete. If you are unsure of which tooth replacement option is right for you, talk to Dr. Balzen or Dr. Helmer to learn more about the benefits of dental bridges and dental implants to determine which will suit your smile and your dental health needs.
Types of Dental Bridges
There are several types of dental bridges available. Your dentist will choose the best bridge that will meet all your needs. Factors such as how many teeth you are missing, where they are located, the condition of the surrounding teeth, and your oral health will all determine the most suitable bridge for you.
Traditional dental bridge: A traditional bridge is the most common type of dental bridge. It consists of a pontic, the false tooth, which is fused to dental crowns on both sides. To secure the fixture, the crowns are placed on the adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth. Your dentist will cement them to the abutment teeth, securing the pontic in the gap.
Cantilever dental bridge: A cantilever bridge is similar to the traditional bridge, however it only has a one dental crown. Therefore, it is only supported by a single abutment tooth instead of two. Your dentist may have to use this option when there is only one healthy adjacent tooth available to support the bridge.
Maryland dental bridge: A Maryland bridge has a pontic that is held in place with a metal or porcelain framework. The framework has metal or porcelain wings on either side. Your dentist will bond the framework to the back side of the adjacent natural teeth. This bridge is less invasive as it does not require significant alteration of the adjacent teeth.
Implant-supported bridge: A dental bridge can also be held in place with dental implants. If there are consecutive multiple teeth missing, your dentist will suggest an implant-supported bridge. At least two implants are surgically inserted in to the jawbone where they will act as missing teeth roots and to support the bridge. This type of bridge is more stable and offers better functionality.
Dental Bridge FAQs
If you would like to learn more about dental bridges, read through our frequently asked questions section. Our dental office staff can answer any further questions you may have during regular business hours.
What are dental bridges?
A dental bridge is a dental prosthesis that can replace one or more teeth. It is a single piece that is made of two dental crowns on each end with the false teeth located in the middle (these are called pontics). A bridge can be secured to healthy adjacent teeth or dental implants.
Why do I need a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a necessary dental restoration used to replace missing or damaged teeth. Replacing missing teeth is important for aesthetic purposes and health reasons. Leaving gaps in your smile will cause the remaining teeth to shift which will alter your bite. People with missing teeth are also more likely to develop tooth decay and gum disease. Replacing your teeth with a bridge will make it easier to chew food and will also take the extra stress off your remaining teeth.
What is an implant supported bridge?
Traditional dentures are secured to abutment teeth which are located on either sides of the gap. However, you can choose to utilize dental implants to secure the bridge. By using implant fixtures, this prevents healthy teeth from being reduced to create room for the crowns. It also prevents bone loss in jaw and secures the bridge better. A bridge requires at least two dental implants which will be inserted into the jawbone via a surgical procedure.
How do I take care of my dental bridge?
To keep your teeth and gums healthy around your gums, you need to brush at least twice a day as well as floss once daily. It is very important to clean under the dental bridge. Food can easily accumulate leading to tooth decay of the remaining teeth. This can be done with dental floss, dental picks, or a water pick. Also, you must visit your dentist regularly for routine checkups to make sure no dental issues develop.
Ready to learn more about your tooth replacement options? Are you ready to replace your lost teeth in Clinton, NC? Request an appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon.