What Is a Dental Bridge?

What Is a Dental Bridge?

At Afton Dental, we understand the importance of maintaining healthy, functional smiles. We are proud to offer a range of tooth replacement options, including dental bridges, to enhance your oral health and improve your quality of life. Talk to one of our team members to determine if a dental bridge is right for you!

What Are Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges are tooth replacements that “bridge” spaces created by one or more missing teeth. They come with artificial teeth called pontics anchored to abutment teeth on either side of the gap. Although the prosthetic teeth are available in various materials, they are typically made from porcelain because of its aesthetic results.

Why Restore Missing Teeth with Dental Bridges?

Missing one or more of your teeth is a serious matter. Maintaining a complete set of functional teeth will help you chew with ease and speak with confidence. Leaving a gap in your smile may result in the nearby teeth shifting, leading to crooked teeth and problems with the bite. Misaligned teeth are harder to clean, increasing the risk for periodontal (gum) disease and tooth decay.

If the missing tooth or teeth are in the lower jaw, the upper teeth may shift down into the space, interfering with your bite and placing stress on your teeth and jaw joints. Problems with the bite can potentially cause a painful condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Replacing missing teeth will enhance your oral health and support your facial contours, maintaining your youthful appearance!

What Is the Dental Bridge Procedure?

We will prepare the supporting abutment teeth by shaping them to make space for dental crowns. Next, we will make impressions of the area to create a model for your dental bridge, replacement teeth, and crowns. A temporary bridge will protect your prepared teeth and enhance your smile while waiting for your permanent restoration.

We will examine your new dental bridge during an upcoming appointment to ensure it provides a perfect fit and optimal function. We will make any adjustments needed for your comfort. Once in place, your new bridge will look just like the surrounding teeth, blending in seamlessly with your smile.

How Should You Care for a Dental Bridge?

The success and longevity of any bridge depend on your oral health and the strength of the supporting teeth. We encourage you to maintain proper oral hygiene practices, including daily brushing and flossing, and to visit Afton Dental for your routine dental exams and cleanings. With proper care, your restorations will continue to enhance your smile and quality of life for many years to come!

Dental Bridges Near Me

Contact Afton Dental in Concord, NC, to learn more about replacing missing teeth with dental bridges. Our team is committed to delivering cutting-edge, durable restorations using the latest technology and materials. Call us and schedule your appointment today!