Dental Bridges in Hendersonville, NC
In the event that you need an effective way to replace missing teeth, Dr. Morgan offers the latest, best-practice materials and techniques for our dental implant restoration and dental bridge services. To help you better understand what to expect when you visit our practice, we will give some general information about the procedure below. We hope you’ll reach out to us with any questions you may have. Schedule a consultation with a member of our team so we can help you understand your options and determine the best course of action for your situation.
Understanding What Dental Bridges Are…
Dealing with missing teeth can be a potentially traumatic and overwhelming ordeal. We help our patients restore their beautiful smile – for the better – with our effective dental bridges. This approach uses your existing teeth to literally create a bridge to cross the area where your tooth is missing.
Bridges are typically cemented to your existing teeth or to implants surrounding the empty area. These implants are called abutments which provide an anchor for the bridge to attach to. A replacement tooth will be attached to the crowns that cover the abutments. Crowns act as a cap or helmet that helps protect and cover the tooth that needs support or replacement.
We offer the best materials for bridges, including porcelain. We will help you decide the best material to use based on the location of the missing tooth (or teeth), its function, esthetic considerations, and cost.
Understanding the Process…
The following are the main elements of the procedure:
- As mentioned above, abutments – or extensions – will need to be created where the bridge will be attached. Your existing teeth will be prepped to provide a base for the bridge.
- Once the abutments have been placed, a mold will be taken of the area which will then be sent to a dental lab. This mold will help create a bridge that will uniquely fit your mouth.
- The bridge will consist of two crowns on either end to place on the abutments and an artificial (replacement) tooth.
- Once the permanent bridge is ready, we will place it on the abutments and Dr. Morgan will then secure the bridge with an adhesive.
- After a few days, your new bridge will help you feel like you have your own teeth back again. As part of the getting used to the bridge, we recommend you eat soft foods for the first few days.
Your new dental bridge will take the same care needed to maintain your natural teeth – the foundation of your bridge, like natural teeth, depends on the health of the surrounding teeth. Continue to brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day and make sure you make your regular check-up visits with Dr. Morgan.
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Taking care of missing teeth is critical to your dental health. Aside from detracting from your beautiful smile, not replacing a missing tooth can potentially cause structural changes in your mouth and jaw. We want to help you make the best decision for your individual health and situation. Contact our team today to help you confidently decide on the best approach for you, whether it may be a dental bridge or implant restoration. Also, take a look at some of the other services we provide that help enhance your smile, like Natural Tooth Colored Fillings. We look forward to hearing from you!