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Charlotte, NC area dentist describes the benefits of placing dental bridges

Charlotte, NC area dentist describes the benefits of placing dental bridges

There are many options available to patients who are interested in repairing the smile after tooth loss. The three primary solutions include dental implants, dentures, and dental bridges. Each solution has its own pros and cons, though many patients find that dental bridges are a wonderful middle-of-the-road option that is both affordable and permanent.


Dental bridges are restorations used for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants are often a wonderful solution for individuals who want a strong, permanent restoration. However, they require patients to have enough bone structure for successful placement and may be relatively expensive in comparison to other options. Additionally, many patients are turned off by the idea of partial dentures, as they are removable. Partial dentures are fabricated of acrylics and metals and they snap into the dental arch to place a false tooth where the natural tooth once was. Unfortunately, many patients want a restoration they can have placed into their smile and forget about—not a restoration that requires daily removal and cleaning. This is when many patients learn about the advantages of placing dental bridges.


Dental bridges are made of dental crowns on each end and are bonded to false teeth called pontics to create a long restoration. This restoration is made of ceramic, which is fabricated to match the existing natural teeth. This ensures beautiful integration into the smile. The crowns are bonded over the top of the teeth surrounding the space to anchor the bridge. The only special attention a bridge requires is brushing and flossing underneath the pontic to ensure food particles do not build up and result in the development of tooth decay on the teeth underneath the crowns or periodontal disease in the gum tissue.


Dental bridges can last many years with appropriate care, though patients should be well aware that decay and disease could still develop even after the dental bridges are placed. Dr. Carl McMillan of Holistic Dental Centers in the Charlotte, NC area will educate patients on how to maintain the health of their dental bridges to extend their longevity.

Dr. Carl McMillan
Holistic Dental Centers in Cary and Cornelius, NC offer many general and cosmetic options, designed to protect patients’ oral health, as well as overall health and wellbeing.

Dr. Carl McMillan is a holistic dentist with a medical degree from the College of Dental Medicine of the Medical University of South Carolina. Due to his expertise, he was honored with the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology (IAOMT) presidency. He is compassionate towards patients and committed to providing them with safe, toxic-free dental treatments to help them maintain a happy and healthy smile.

Dr. Luis Crespo obtained his Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the West Virginia University School of Dentistry. An IAOMT member, he believes prevention is the best medicine and strives to educate both patients and parents on the benefits of maintaining a healthy mind, body, and spirit. He has served underprivileged communities across the world.

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