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What is a Dental Bridge?

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Maintaining a healthy and complete smile is important for oral health and your self confidence. When you lose a tooth, whether due to injury, decay, or other reasons, it can impact both aesthetics and functionality. Fortunately, dental bridges offer a reliable solution to bridge the gap caused by missing teeth, thus restoring your smile and your ability to chew and speak effectively!

How a Dental Bridge Works

A dental bridge is a prosthetic device, designed to fill the space from missing teeth. Consisting of one or more artificial teeth, known as pontics, a dental bridge is anchored in place by dental crowns or dental implants.

Components of a Dental Bridge: Pontics and Abutments

The artificial teeth that replace the missing ones are called pontics. They are crafted from materials like porcelain, ceramics, or a combination of these materials, ensuring a natural appearance that blends seamlessly with your existing teeth. Additionally, abutments provide support for the bridge structure and can be either natural teeth or dental implants on either side of the gap.

Types of Dental Bridges

Our offices offer multiple types of dental bridges to restore your smile, including fixed bridges and removable bridges. While you might think one is better than the other, discussing each treatment option is crucial. Fortunately, our experienced team can help you select the best treatment for your particular case.

    Fixed Bridges: Sturdy and permanent, fixed bridges restore smiles by securely anchoring a bridge to implants or adjacent structures.

    Removable Bridges: Versatile in nature, removable bridges offer flexibility, as you can remove them for cleaning. They are also called partial dentures.

Dr. Laura Johnson, DMD from our Asheville location shows a model of an implant supported bridge.

Benefits of Dental Bridges and Oral Hygiene

Choosing any bridge leads to several benefits, including improved aesthetics, restored functionality, and prevention of shifting teeth. However, maintaining proper oral hygiene is essential. Regular brushing, flossing, and routine check-ups are vital to extend the life of a dental bridge.

Learn More About Dental Bridges At CarolinasDentist

Dental bridges are a reliable and versatile option for restoring a complete and confident smile. We take pride at our CarolinasDentist locations in North Carolina in offering dental bridges among our restorative treatment options. Contact us today to learn more!

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