Raleigh Dental Bridges
Missing Tooth Replacement
What Is A Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges are one of the most traditional options for replacing missing teeth. Crafted from durable ceramics, the restoration is permanently fixed into place and crafted to blend in with your surrounding smile. When you laugh, speak, or eat, no one should ever know the difference. If you’re looking for dental bridges in Raleigh, call to schedule today.
A traditional dental bridge is a 3-4 “tooth” restoration with a functional dental crown on either end. The floating “teeth” between them are supported in a way that allows them to float over the gums where your other teeth are missing. Although bridges are a single unit, they’re crafted to look like multiple teeth.
What To Expect During Treatment
Getting a dental bridge is similar to what it’s like to having a crown made. The two-visit process involves a preparation appointment where the supporting teeth are numbed and reshaped to allow a restoration to comfortably rest on top of them. From there we take an impression and direct our lab as to the color and shape of your bridge design. You’ll wear a temporary restoration for about two weeks and then return to our Raleigh dental office to have the permanent bridge bonded into place.
The initial treatment is typically completed with local anesthetic, but we also offer nitrous oxide sedation as well as deeper types of dental sedative for your convenience.
Types Of Dental Bridges
Generally speaking, our dentist in Raleigh, NC offers both traditional bridges as well as implant-supported bridge restorations. Depending on the number of teeth that are missing and your preferences, one may be better than the other.
In the case of a traditional bridge, we’re usually only replacing 1-2 teeth at a time, and a pair of healthy teeth are needed on either side of the restoration. Dental implant bridges allow us to replace 3+ teeth, being that they’re anchored on top of implants for support.
Why You Shouldn’t Wait To Replace Missing Teeth
Any time a tooth goes missing, it stops supporting its neighbors. In turn, those teeth begin to tilt and shift out of alignment. This condition leads to a chain reaction throughout your mouth and opposing arch, permanently changing the way your smile looks. In turn, tilted teeth are at a much higher risk of decay, gum disease, wear, and contributing to TMJ disorder.
It’s important to replace missing teeth as soon as possible. Dental bridges offer a straightforward solution.
Caring For Your Bridge
To ensure your bridge lasts as long as possible, it’s crucial to clean under and around it each day. Using a water flosser or floss threader, pay particular attention to the supporting teeth or implants. Although bridges don’t get cavities, the supporting teeth are still prone to new decay as well as gum disease unless cared for properly.
Get A No-Fuss Consultation
North Ridge Dental offers complimentary consultations and free second opinions. If you’re trying to decide if our Raleigh dental bridges are right for you, reserve your appointment today!