Gaps in your smile can detract from your appearance and lead to oral health risks, such as decay and even gum disease. The skilled team of professionals at Loveland Dental Group provides dental bridge to “bridge” gaps in your smile. They can either be attached to implants or bonded to surrounding teeth. With locations in High Point, Cornelius, Concord, Winston-Salem and Mooresville, North Carolina and Fort Mill, South Carolina the practice offers custom-made bridges that closely resemble natural teeth. To schedule a consultation for bridges, call the office or use the online booking tool today.
What are dental bridges?
Dental bridges are fixed sets of prosthetic teeth that are used to fill gaps in your smile. They are made to closely resemble the shade, shape, and size of your natural teeth. With bridges, you can smile with confidence knowing your restoration is natural-looking and will function like healthy, natural teeth.
How do dental bridges work?
Getting a dental bridge typically requires at least two in-office visits. First, the team takes detailed digital scans or impressions of your teeth. They then use these renderings to create your custom-made bridge.
Your dentist may use special dental instruments to reduce the size of surrounding teeth to make sufficient room for your new bridge.
Once your bridge is ready, you come back for a follow-up visit to have your bridge placed. If you’ve already undergone oral surgery for dental implants, your bridge is securely attached to your implant. If not, most cases involve bonding your bridge to surrounding teeth.
The neighboring teeth on either side of a gap can act as anchors that hold your bridge secure, where the Loveland dentists use special dental adhesive to keep your bridge firmly in place. Each set is custom-made to fit snugly inside your mouth.
What are the benefits of dental bridges?
If you’re missing teeth, your remaining teeth tend to shift over into the empty spaces, which can lead to decay and gum disease. With dental bridges, you’re able to fill gaps in your smile and prevent harmful tooth shifting.
Also, missing teeth can lead to your jawbone, which typically supports an entire set of top or bottom teeth, eroding. This can cause an unattractive loss of facial volume. Bridges can reverse the effects of bone loss, restore lost facial volume, and improve your appearance immensely.
How long do dental bridges last?
On average, dental bridges should last you anywhere from 5-15 years, if not longer. Bridges supported by implants may enjoy a longer lifetime. The key to maintaining your bridges is treating them like natural teeth. Brush and floss and don’t forget to maintain your regular visits.
Your regular cleanings and checkups help allow the team to monitor wear and tear to your bridge. From time to time, your bridge may need minor adjustments.
If bridges interest you, maybe it’s time to schedule a consultation at Loveland Dental Group. Call the office or use the online booking tool and set up a time to come in.