A bridge replaces one or more missing teeth with artificial teeth that are bonded onto healthy surrounding teeth for support. A bridge literally “bridges the gap” of a missing tooth. A bridge looks like natural teeth and can improve a patient’s chewing, speaking, and appearance. A dental bridge can also help to maintain the shape of your face and prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of place. This type of restoration is made up of two or more dental crowns, which are placed on the natural tooth or dental implant on each side of the gap.
The process of placing a dental bridge will involve Dr. John McAllister first preparing the adjacent natural teeth for the crowns by shaving down a thin portion of the surface; this allows room for the thickness of the crowns. Once the teeth are the proper shape and size, he will make impressions of the teeth and will send them to a dental lab so your restoration can be custom made. Once the bridge is ready, your dentist will check and adjust the bridge to fit your bite and smile. Once Dr. John McAllister finds the perfect placement, the bridge will be permanently cemented into place.
For more information on how a dental bridge in Hickory, North Carolina, can restore your smile after tooth loss, please feel free to call our office now and speak with our friendly, knowledgeable team.