What are Dental Bridges?
There are two types of dental bridges: an implant-supported bridge and a regular dental bridge. These structures are known as dental bridges because of their close resemblance to the architectural structure of an actual bridge. A regular dental bridge is used when there is a gap or a space between two teeth, and the patient’s natural teeth will act as an “anchor” to secure the prosthetic tooth replacing the space. An implant-supported bridge is used when more than one tooth is missing, or one implant would not be able to withstand pressure on its own. An implant is put in place of a missing tooth, and crowns, or abutment teeth, are put on either side of the implant to support it.
Benefits of dental bridges:
- Improved facial structure.
- Improved bite and chewing ability.
- Improved speech.
- Improved self-esteem.
- Keeps teeth in position.
The abutment teeth are prepared first and this involves Drs. Nathen Ellis and Gary Hubbard removing enamel from the teeth so that a crown can be placed over them. Using a high tech scanner our dentists can take accurate digital 3D impressions of these teeth, which are sent electronically to a dental lab. These digital impressions are preferred by patients as they are comfortable and more accurate in comparison to traditional techniques.
The lab will then use this impression to create a highly accurate, precise-fitting bridge. Once your bridge arrives, the doctors will make sure it fits properly, and that the patient is satisfied with the appearance and function and it will then be permanently cemented into the patient’s mouth. Implant-supported bridges are done the same way, except that instead of crowning the natural teeth, an implant is placed on each side of the false or prosthetic tooth.
Drs. Nathen Ellis and Gary Hubbard offer dental bridges and many other restorations to improve and enhance patient smiles. Call us at (704) 908-6969 to book a consultation appointment with our team to find out the restorative options that are best for you. We are conveniently located at 7206 Austin Smiles Court, Suite #103, and accept new patients seeking premier dental care.