Are you missing multiple teeth in a row? Do you want a full, balanced bite?
A dental bridge can restore multiple lost teeth for a natural-looking, functional smile. Dental bridges typically attach prosthetic teeth to adjacent natural teeth or abutment teeth. They are permanently fixed or removable. Dr. Philip Bald and his team provide dental bridges to replace lost or missing teeth in Leland, NC.
Fixed vs. Removable Dental Bridges
Removable dental bridges are often used as a short-term solution for one or more missing teeth. This is because they require frequent replacement or repairs if they are worn for long periods of time. Removable bridges do not restore the full bite function and may make it difficult to speak clearly or eat certain foods.
Fixed dental bridges are a more durable option fabricated from prosthetic teeth either supported by natural teeth or dental implants. More traditional fixed bridges use teeth on either side of the missing tooth gap to hold prosthetics in place. These teeth are covered with dental crowns. Fixed dental bridges that are secured with dental implants retain the bite and last longer than more traditional methods.
Dental Bridge Treatment
To begin traditional fixed dental bridge treatment, our dentists prepare the teeth on either side of the missing tooth gap for the dental crowns. Once the dental crowns for these teeth are complete and attached to the teeth, we will provide you with a temporary dental bridge. Meanwhile, the permanent bridge will be fabricated in a dental laboratory. We will ensure that the bridge fits comfortably in our office when it is completed.
If you choose an implant-supported bridge, we will refer you to an oral surgeon for the implant surgery. After the implants are inserted into the jawbone and heal over a period of 3 to 6 months, the bridge is attached to the implants with the prosthetic teeth. Implant-secured bridges are the preferred method over removable or traditional fixed bridges. This is because they retain the bone, restore full bite function, and last longer than other methods. Dental implants also blend in with the look of remaining natural teeth.