Charleston area Dentist describes the bonding process of dental bridges onto a surrounding tooth

The bonding process of dental bridges onto a surrounding tooth

When patients in the Charleston area consider dental bridges, they often understand that these restorations are made for bonding over the teeth on each side of the space left behind from the missing tooth. This is why they are called bridges they “bridge the gap between teeth.

Bridges are fabricated from pontics and crowns. Pontics are the false teeth that are made to replace the missing tooth and they are bonded together with dental crowns on each end to complete the restoration. The long restoration is used as a way of replacing a tooth that has gone missing due to disease, trauma, or decay.

The bonding process is simple. Before the dental bridge is made, the teeth have already been prepared with the removal of some of the enamel. This makes it easier to place the dental bridge when it arrives back from the laboratory. Patients do not need to be anesthetized for the bonding process as the dentist quickly and easily cements the bridge into place on the surrounding teeth. Afterwards, patients can expect to maintain their new dental bridge for many years with proper care.

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Patients who do not want to deal with removal of their natural tooth enamel and want a less invasive way of replacing their teeth may want to consider partial dentures instead. However, these are removable and many patients want a tooth replacement option that does not require them to affect any of the surrounding teeth. Another solution patients may also want to consider instead of dental bridges are dental implants. These are placed into the jawbone and are a highly desired stand-alone restoration for patients who want a permanent method of replacement. These, however, must be placed by an oral surgeon though Dr. Andrew Greenberg can suggest referrals in the area.

Dr. Andrew Greenberg of Mouth Carolina Dentistry helps patients in and around the Charleston community and is here to assist individuals in improving the function and beauty of their smile, as well as their general oral health. Contact his practice today to book a consultation visit and learn more about the fabrication and bonding of dental bridges for tooth replacement.

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