A missing tooth can set of a chain reaction in your mouth. The bone that once supported your tooth will begin to deteriorate, causing neighboring teeth to shift and move. Newly exposed gums and teeth will be more susceptible to plaque, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Chapel Hill dentists Dr. James Furgurson and Dr. Nathan White can help you avoid these problems by replacing missing teeth quickly. One solution for missing teeth is a dental bridge.
Dental Bridges vs Dental Implants
A dental bridge is used to replace one or several missing teeth. The bridgework is supported by an anchor on either side of the gap to hold the false tooth in place. A bridge can be supported in three ways: by natural teeth, dental implants, or a combination of the two. When the natural teeth are used to support the bridgework, a dental crown is typically placed to provide additional support and stability.
As dental implants have become more advanced, they are often recommended for replacing a single lost or missing tooth or to secure a dental bridge. Dental implants offer the most stable, natural functioning and lasting treatment option for most patients. Our dentists are highly trained in implant dentistry and work with patients on an individual basis to address missing teeth with the most suitable result.
About the Dental Bridge Procedure
Dr. Furgurson will design a treatment plan that is specific to your needs and goals. Our process begins with a comprehensive evaluation to examine the health of the teeth, gums, jaw joints and other support structures. You may have an existing dental bridge or have teeth that need to be extracted.
A dental bridge can either be removable or fixed. In most cases, Drs. Furgurson and White will support the choice for a fixed dental bridge as a long term solution for missing teeth. The dental bridge can either be supported by dental crowns and/or dental implants. The dentist will prepare any teeth as needed to ensure a solid foundation for the dental bridge.
The dental bridge will be fabricated in a dental laboratory to our specifications. You may have a temporary bridge to wear in the intermediate time period. In approximately 2 to 3 weeks from your initial visit, you will return to our Chapel Hill dentist office for the delivery of the final restoration.
Dental Bridges FAQs
- How much does a dental bridge cost?
- The cost of a dental bridge will depend on the number and location of the missing teeth as well as the type of bridge and materials chosen. Chapel Hill Family & Cosmetic Dentistry works with nearly all dental insurance providers and will handle all necessary billing and paperwork. Additionally, we offer financing through CareCredit for patients who are concerned about cost.
- Do you repair broken bridgework?
- Although dental bridges are built to last a long time, problems can still arise. If you have a dental bridge that has chipped, broken, or come loose, you should contact our Chapel Hill dentist office right away. Depending on the extent of damage, we may be able to cement the bridge or replace it all together.
- How do I care for a dental bridge?
- A dental bridge should be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth. We will show you a special technique to floss under and around the artificial tooth or teeth. It is also important to visit our Chapel Hill dentist office at least twice a year for routine examinations.