Missing teeth affect your appearance and your oral health. There are multiple options to replace missing teeth, and depending on your needs, a dental bridge may be the best choice.
At Willoughby Dental, Dr. Matthew S. Warner will evaluate your oral health and determine if a bridge is the best option for you. He will provide you with expert dental care that addresses your specific needs. Our team is devoted to providing gentle care in an environment that’s as stress-free as we can make it.
What are dental bridges?
A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges can be made from a variety of materials, including gold, alloys, or porcelain. Due to its durability and closeness to natural tooth color, porcelain is the most popular option. It is Dr. Warner’s material of choice for dental bridges. The porcelain is made to match the color of surrounding teeth so that it blends in seamlessly with your smile.
Dental bridges are held in place by abutments (nearby teeth). To hold the bridge in place, crowns are cemented to one or more nearby teeth. If there are multiple missing teeth, dental implants are often used to hold a bridge securely in place. Implant-supported bridges are often the preferred option since dental implants already need crowns.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges a great option for restoring the look of your natural smile. In addition to their cosmetic benefits, dental bridges are good for your oral health. If you have a gap, nearby teeth may shift because there’s nothing preventing them from doing so. Gaps also increase your risk of developing gum disease and temporomandibular joint disorder.
How Bridges are Placed
Before a bridge is placed, the nearby teeth will be prepped to receive the crowns. Dr. Warner will then take an impression of the area so that the bridge can be custom-fit to your mouth.
Your bridge and the surrounding caps will be colored to match your surrounding teeth. While you’re waiting for your permanent restoration, Dr. Warner may fit you with a temporary one. Once the bridge is ready, Dr. Warner will insert it into your mouth, and the caps will be cemented onto the nearby teeth. Dr. Warner will examine the fit to make sure it’s comfortable and make adjustments as necessary. The bridge will then be polished so that your smile looks flawless.
Dental bridges will last for years as long as you follow a good oral healthcare routine. Dr. Warner will instruct you on the best way to care for your new bridge. He will also tell you when to return for a follow-up appointment.
Contact Our Greenville, SC Office for a Consultation
If your tooth is missing and you’re looking for a solution to repair your smile, contact the office of Dr. Warner. At Willoughby Dental, we provide gentle, expert care to children and adults in and around Greenville, SC. Dr. Warner will examine your oral history and help you choose the best option to replace your missing teeth.