Missing teeth can seriously impact oral function, appearance, and self-confidence. At Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney, we offer beautifully crafted dental bridges to our patients in Charlotte, NC, and surrounding areas.
Traditional bridges attach to healthy teeth, filling gaps in your smile and restoring a healthy bite. Dr. John M. Pinnix and Dr. George A. Betancourt can also provide implant-supported bridges. These restorations also fill in gaps between teeth, but do not affect the structure of adjacent teeth.
Is a Dental Bridge the Right Type of Restoration for You?
Dental bridges are typically appropriate if you are missing between one and three teeth. If you have lost more teeth, a removable or fixed denture is typically a better option. To be a candidate for a bridge, your remaining teeth must be healthy enough to support the restoration. If they are severely weakened or decayed, your dentist may need to remove them and provide a larger restoration such as a full denture.
A dental bridge can improve your appearance, oral function, and overall quality of life. The restoration will fill in gaps in your smile and reestablish your ability to bite and chew.
If you are considering an implant-supported bridge, your jawbone must be strong enough for treatment. Our dentists will use x-rays and other imaging to examine your jaw and determine whether implants are a good option for you. Dental implants are placed in the jawbone, where they integrate with surrounding tissues. If your jawbone has started to recede, it may not be stable enough for this treatment. If this is the case, Dr. Pinnix can perform a bone graft or sinus lift, which will restore lost tissue and enable you to receive implants.
What Happens when You Receive a Bridge?
When you receive a traditional bridge, Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt will reshape the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile. Your doctor will then take impressions, either manually or with our CAD/CAM scanner. Your practitioner will use these highly precise measurements to design your bridge. Bridges can be made from several different materials. For the most realistic appearance, we usually recommend porcelain or zirconia. However, in some cases, a metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal restoration may be appropriate. Once your new, custom-made bridge is ready, Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt will attach it to your teeth.
Dental bridges restore your smile by filling gaps between the teeth.
If you choose an implant-supported bridge, Dr. Pinnix or Dr. Betancourt will place two or more implant posts into your jawbone. Over the next several months, your bone and the implants will fuse. Once your jaw has fully healed, your dentist can attach a custom-crafted bridge.
Implant-supported bridges do not affect the structure of adjacent teeth.
How Can a Bridge Benefit You?
A dental bridge can improve your appearance, oral function, and overall quality of life. The restoration will fill gaps in your smile and reestablish your ability to bite and chew. You will be able to eat a more complete diet, and few foods will be off limits, especially if you choose a highly durable implant-supported restoration.
Bridges also provide less obvious benefits. By filling in gaps between teeth, a bridge will keep your other teeth from shifting position, preventing misalignment. If you select an implant-supported restoration, the implant posts will prevent jawbone recession and further tooth loss.
Schedule a Restorative Consultation
Contact Advanced Dentistry of Blakeney today to find out which type of dental bridge is right for you. We will work with you to develop a treatment plan suited to your needs.