Teeth serve a number of functions. They are the first step in the digestive process, helping you to bite and properly chew your food. They also help maintain the contour of the face. You have probably noticed the “sunken” appearance that can happen because of missing teeth. Missing just one tooth can affect the appearance and oral health of the mouth. These days, there is an easy option to replace a missing tooth or teeth and restore functionality and appearance to the mouth. Dr. McMillan and the team at Holistic Dental Centers have years of experience crafting custom dental bridge for patients in the Cornelius area to regain the full use of their teeth.
Choosing a dental restoration may seem like a daunting task. After all, there are many types available. While dental implants are gaining in popularity, many patients opt for dental bridges as the most appropriate solution. Dental bridges are not a temporary solution, and when properly cared for they can last decades. A dental bridge can address the following issues:
There are several types of dental bridges, the most common being a fixed-bridge. Fixed bridges are attached to two natural teeth and are non-removable. The natural teeth are topped with dental crowns that are fused to an artificial tooth in the middle. These natural teeth serve as anchors to provide stability to the restoration. The process to have them placed is completed over two separate visits. Temporary restorations are placed during the interim to protect the teeth and minimize sensitivity.
Caring for your dental bridge is similar to caring for your natural teeth. The only additional step is to take special care to ensure the area underneath the artificial tooth is properly cleaned. This can be completed with a special flossing tool.
For patients that have experienced tooth loss, dental bridges may be the solution. Call today to schedule a consultation.