Dental bridges are usually prescribed when one or more teeth are missing and there are healthy teeth on both sides of the open space. Teeth may be lost due to accident, injury, or gum disease. We can create a permanent bridge to restore your smile. A bridge fills the gap due to missing teeth and also prevents the re-positioning of remaining teeth. It can correct a misaligned bite, improve chewing function and speech articulation, and provide internal structure for the face to help improve your overall appearance.
What is Bridgework?
First of all, a bridge is a prosthetic tooth (or teeth) that attaches on one or both sides to teeth prepared with dental crowns. A fixed bridge is permanently joined onto the neighboring abutment teeth (crowned teeth) and consists of three basic units: the false tooth or teeth (called a pontic) and two abutment crowns.
The style of bridge we suggest will depend upon the strength and health of the abutment teeth, as well as the location of the gap in relation to the rest of your dentition. If healthy adjacent abutment teeth aren’t available, a surgically-implanted metal post, known as a dental implant, may offer a solid alternative. For a bridge that replaces many teeth, we may recommend a removable partial denture or implant-supported prosthesis. With proper care, a fixed bridge may last at least 8 to 10 years.
Contact Southern Dental Associates in Advance, Lewisville, or Wilkesboro, NC
We invite you to contact us to learn more about dental bridges and to see if this restorative procedure might be right for you.