When a permanent tooth is lost, we can construct a bridge to fill the gap. Otherwise, there is a risk for several consequences. These include shifting teeth, plaque and tartar buildup, compromised chewing and speaking function, and gum disease. We would like to help you avoid these pitfalls of poor oral health, and can do so with an inlay-supported bridge.
Typically, it is thought that dental crowns and bridges go together. Raleigh area holistic dentist Dr. McMillan takes a different approach that is mindful of the need to preserve natural tooth structure. When a bridge is made up of two dental crowns and a pontic, it is necessary to reduce two healthy teeth. Using an inlay or onlay instead, the degree of modification is significantly decreased.
Inlays and onlay are indirect restorations that are made in a dental lab. An onlay adds support to the chewing surface, as well as one or more of the raised points, or cusps. Inlays are bonded to the chewing surface within the cusps. These restorative fixtures, along with the pontic, are made of porcelain in order to maintain the most natural appearance. Without an underlay of metal, the bridge will not develop any dark lines over time, making this method ideal for areas near the front of the mouth.
Preparing for a bridge with inlay support requires minor reduction within the central part of the abutment teeth. Impressions or imaging will be performed to help us create a well-fitting inlay, and we will place a temporary restoration to support the tooth until the permanent bridge has been made.
One of the differences between placing crowns and placing inlays to support a bridge is that the final restoration is bonded into place, rather than cemented over the teeth. This process of curing bonding material into the tooth creates structural soundness that leads to longevity and a high degree of functionality.
Dental bridges continue to be an excellent treatment for tooth loss. To learn more about our technique, give us a call in Cary or Cornelius. We look forward to speaking with you personally about your dental needs.