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How Does a Dental Bridge Work?

Want to know more about dental bridges? Then look no further.

There is a reason your Mount Pleasant, SC family dentist Dr. Cynthia L. Holmes Garner offers a variety of different treatment options. When it comes to caring for smiles everyone is unique, so this means finding the treatment that’s going to give you the best restoration Bridges possible and offers the most benefits for your smile. Find out more about dental bridges and how they replace missing teeth.

Q. What is a dental bridge?

A. This dental prosthetic is used to replace one or more missing permanent teeth. It’s called a bridge because it “bridges” the gap where your missing tooth or teeth used to be. Dental bridges are cemented into place using abutment teeth to support the restoration. A bridge is made up of a false tooth in the middle and two dental crowns on either side.

Q. Who should get a dental bridge?

A. If you are missing one or more teeth then it’s time to talk to your dentist in Mount Pleasant, SC about whether a bridge is a good option for you. If you have good oral hygiene and are dedicated to maintaining it then you could be a great candidate for a dental bridge.

A bridge is also a great option for someone who wants to replace their missing teeth but doesn’t want to go through surgeries and several months to get their restoration (as you would with dental implants). With bridges, they will not only correct your bite but also restore your ability to chew and speak normally.

Q. What does getting a bridge involve?

A. If you are getting a traditional fixed bridge, during your first visit your Mount Pleasant, SC dentist will need to prepare the two healthy natural teeth on either side of the gap by removing some enamel. By removing enamel, we can fit the dental crowns over these teeth to secure the bridge into place. Then impressions will be made of your teeth, from which your dental bridge will be fabricated.

During your second visit, the bridge will be fitted and adjusted to your teeth. On average, it can take anywhere from two to four weeks to get a dental bridge.

Q. How do I care for my new restoration?

A. Even though your restoration isn’t natural it still needs to be brushed and flossed. In fact, your oral care routine is more important than ever. If you don’t care for your smile or see us for routine cleanings, food particles and plaque could build up and cause decay and infection. You don’t want to end up losing your bridge!

Whether you want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for crowns or bridges, or you want to schedule your next six-month cleaning your dentist in Mount Pleasant is here for all of your family’s needs. Call Garner Family Dentistry today.

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