Are you missing one or more teeth? You may be a good candidate for dental bridges. This restorative treatment option restores multiple consecutive missing teeth and is secured to adjacent teeth, or dental implants. But why should you replace missing teeth in the first place, and what are your options for dental bridges in Charlotte, NC?
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
Not filling in the gaps left by missing teeth can result in multiple problems, such as:
- Tooth Decay
- Crooked Teeth
- Shifting Teeth
- Facial Sagging
- Speech Problems
- Difficulty Chewing
- Difficulty Biting
- Bone Loss
Replacing missing teeth can help ensure that these conditions don’t arise again. With the proper dental care and a restorative option like dental bridges patients can improve their oral health.
Treatment with Dental Bridges in Charlotte, NC
We can provide removable or fixed dental bridges. Dr. Reece secures permanently fixed bridges with dental implants. Learn about their differences below.
Removable Dental Bridges
Removable dental bridges are a temporary fix for missing teeth. They are usually provided to patients that are waiting for their permanent restoration. If you currently have a removable dental bridge and are looking for a more permanent option, we can provide you with recommendations after a dental exam and consultation.
Fixed and Implant-Secured Dental Bridges
We secure fixed dental bridges with adjacent natural teeth. We use your natural teeth as anchors to hold the fixed bridge in place. This is the most common tooth bridge.
Implant-secured dental bridges are a stable option that lasts longer than removable and fixed options. This treatment can help prevent further tooth loss, premature facial sagging, and provide a more permanent result.
Dental Bridge FAQs
Is the dental bridge procedure painful?
No, it is not painful because we will numb your mouth with anesthesia during the procedure. You should not feel discomfort or pain after the treatment as well. We can provide you with after-care instructions. You can manage temporary pain at home with over-the-counter pain medication.
How do you care for a dental bridge?
You should remove and clean a removable dental bridge at least twice a day. You should remove a removable bridge at night before sleep to prevent choking or discomfort while sleeping. When dental implants secure them, you can maintain dental bridges like regular natural teeth and do not need special care.
How long is the dental bridge procedure?
The dental bridge procedure usually takes two office visits, with about an hour to an hour-and-a-half procedure time during each visit. However, the implant-secured bridges procedure spans a couple of months because we will need to surgically place dental implants first. Once we place your dental implants and they fuse to your jawbone, we prepare crowns and add them to the dental bridge during the final procedure.
Can I remove a permanent fixed implant-supported bridge?
Yes, but only under special circumstances and only by your dentist. Your dentist may decide to remove a fixed bridge because of an accident, severe damage, or other emergency reason. This is not a common thing to see, or have done.
Schedule A Dental Exam & Bridge Consultation Today
Do you want to see if dental bridges are right for you? Call Dr. Greg Reece at 704-486-8911 or request a consultation. The professionals at Dentistry of the Queen City provide high-quality care to patients of all ages.