Cavities, gum disease, and accidents, among other causes, can result in the loss of teeth. The aesthetics of your smile can be restored and your oral health protected using a fixed dental bridge at the Holistic Dental Centers in Cary and Cornelius. It is a popular restoration method for a missing tooth.
When a front tooth is missing, people naturally want it replaced because of the negative effect it has on the aesthetics of their smiles. When a back tooth is missing and not visible when laughing or smiling, patients may not understand the importance of replacing it. However, your teeth rely on each other for stability and support. When you lose a tooth, the rest will soon will begin to shift.
This can cause a variety of oral health issues, including:
This typically requires two appointments with Dr. McMillan. During the first appointment, the teeth that border the gap will be reshaped to accommodate dental crowns. The bridge is made of two dental crowns with the artificial tooth between them. Once your teeth have been prepared for the bridge, impressions of your upper and lower jaws will be taken. Your doctor will also determine the best shade for your new restoration so it will be a perfect match for your existing teeth. After the impressions are taken, Dr. McMillan will place a temporary bridge to protect, your prepared teeth while the permanent restoration is being fabricated. Most patients only require a local anesthetic for this procedure. In about two weeks, you will return to our office, the temporary bridge will be removed, and the permanent restoration will be placed.
If you are missing a tooth, or have one that needs to be extracted, give us a call, Dr. McMillan can provide you with a beautiful restoration that will protect your oral health. We have two locations and you can schedule an appointment at the one most convenient for you. You can reach our Cornelius office at (704) 765-3150 or the Cary office at (919) 865-0700. Our Cary office is a short drive for Raleigh residents.