How Do Dental Bridges Work?

How Do Dental Bridges Work

Gaps in your mouth from missing teeth are unattractive, leaving you feeling introverted and self- conscious, especially when the missing tooth is in a prominent location near the front of the mouth. You might avoid showing off your smile if you have had a tooth extracted due to disease, decay, or damage. Missing teeth can also have a negative impact on your ability to chew food and speak clearly.

Cosmetic dentistry offers a variety of ways to restore your original smile. Many patients consider a dental bridge to remedy the gaps in their smiles.

A dental bridge is exactly that – a “bridge” that places a restorative tooth in-between two crowned teeth. Dr. Andrew Greenberg of Mouth Carolina Dentistry in Charleston is trained, skilled, and experienced in placing dental bridges. He will first make a mold of your teeth in order to have your custom-fit bridge fabricated by an outside laboratory. This bridge will be supported by crowns created for the surrounding teeth. A composite replacement tooth, connected to the adjoining crowns, creates an entire bridge, closing the gap from the missing tooth.

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In preparation for a bridge to be placed, Dr. Greenberg will reduce the adjacent teeth in order to fit the crowns over the tops. Then the dental prosthesis is fitted to take care of the gap from the missing tooth. This bridge is anchored onto the side teeth by the crowns. This type of restoration will last many years with proper care and good oral hygiene.

Bridges are an alternative to dentures and dental implants. They are a fairly permanent and affordable solution for patients who are self-conscious due to a missing tooth. Dr. Greenberg specializes in many cosmetic dentistry procedures such as dental bridges, and can meet with you during an initial consultation to determine the best alternative for you and your budget.

Call Mouth Carolina Dentistry in South Carolina today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Greenberg. Talk to him today about the possibility of a dental bridge.

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