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 missing teeth be replaced in the first place, and what are the 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
Dental bridges can be removable or fixed. Permanently fixed bridges are secured 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
Fixed dental bridges are secured with adjacent natural teeth. Your natural teeth are used 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 teeth are numbed 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?
A removable dental bridge should be removed and cleaned twice a day. A removable bridge should not also be removed at night before sleep to prevent choking or discomfort while sleeping. When secured with dental implants, dental bridges can be maintained 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. The implant-secured bridges procedure spans a couple of months because dental implants will need to be placed first. Once your dental implants have been placed and fused to your jawbone, crowns are prepared and the dental bridge is added during the final procedure.
Can a permanent fixed implant-supported bridge be removed?
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 an Appointment
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 are committed to providing high-quality care to patients of all ages.