Charlotte, NC area patients who are unhappy with their missing teeth are encouraged to speak to Dr. Carl McMillan and the team at Holistic Dental Centers to learn about effective ways of replacing teeth to restore function and beauty. There are three primary methods available for restoring the smile after tooth loss, and these include bridges, dentures, and dental implants. All of these are effective but not every solution is right for every patient. The dentist will examine patients to determine which options they are candidates for and then further speak to patients to determine which is best for their specific needs and desires. For some patients, price is a concern and can be discussed further in terms of dental insurance that may help reduce the out-of-pocket expenses.
Bridges are a common solution for patients who want a permanent replacement but do not want to spend the money necessary to obtain dental implants. Bridges are made of porcelain and are fabricated to use the adjacent teeth for support. Dr. Carl McMillan believes they are a wonderful middle-of-the-road solution for patients who want to address one missing tooth within the dental arch in a more permanent manner than partial dentures.
Bridges do require the doctor to prepare the surrounding teeth by removing a portion of the enamel. Impressions are made of the area and then sent out to a dental laboratory for the fabrication of the new bridge. Dr. Carl McMillan expects most patients back to his practice approximately two weeks later for the bonding of the bridge in place to restore the smile. The entire process is simple and effective.
Dr. Carl McMillan and the Holistic Dental Centers team offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry solutions including restorative options such as dental bridges. Contact us today to learn more about the ways in which the smile can be repaired for patients in and around the Charlotte, NC area and surrounding communities.