Restore your smile with a dental bridge in Greensboro
Addressing tooth decay is important, because if left untreated, it can lead to infection and tooth loss. Dr. Stephen Hatcher is a Greensboro area dentist who specializes in restorations like dental bridges, which can help patients who are suffering from tooth loss.
If you are missing a tooth, we may recommend a dental bridge. Having a full set of teeth is important to maintain the structure of the mouth, the shape of the face, and everyday functionality. Missing teeth can cause nearby teeth to shift and loosen, creating even more problems.
What are dental bridges
Dental bridges are made of two dental crowns that sit on top of the natural teeth surrounding the gap. Attached to the crowns is an artificial tooth known as a pontic. Bridges get their name from the fact that they literally “bridge the gap” left behind by missing teeth.
Once the bridge is in place, patients can chew and speak naturally. Dental bridges also preserve the shape of the face and protect healthy teeth from moving out of place.
The dental bridge process
The process for receiving a dental bridge is usually completed in two visits, although, sometimes, it can take more. During the first visit, the abutment teeth are prepared to receive the dental crowns and impressions are taken to serve as a model for the final restoration. The impressions are sent to a laboratory for custom fabrication. In the interim, patients are fitted with a temporary restoration for appearance and function.
Once the bridge is ready, patients can return to the office. We will evaluate the bridge for proper fit and make any necessary adjustments.
You don’t have to live with gaps in your smile. If you are in the Greensboro, NC area, contact us to learn more about dental bridges. Call (336) 383-1482
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