Dental Bridges in Raleigh, NC

Dr. Hoda Bassiri - Cosmetic DentistHere at Fusion Dental Care, our cosmetic dentist, Dr. Hoda Bassiri, has extensive experience with dental bridges and will be able to provide you with the smile you want. Every tooth in your mouth has a critical role in your ability to speak and chew, and together, they all maintain the proper alignment of all your teeth. With proper oral hygiene, losing a tooth or multiple teeth doesn’t have to happen as part of the aging process. However, if you do lose any teeth, then they need to be replaced to maintain the appropriate functionality of your mouth. Fortunately for those in need, options do exist for correcting the loss of teeth.

Dental Bridge Possibilities

A bridge is a dental device that can be used to replace any missing teeth, as it attaches artificial teeth to the adjacent remaining natural teeth, also called abutment teeth. Bridges are either removable or permanently fixed into place.

A fixed bridge is applied either by placing crowns on the abutment teeth or also by bonding new, artificial teeth directly onto the older, abutment teeth. A removable bridge is attached to teeth using metal clasps or other precision attachments.

If you are currently missing one tooth or multiple teeth, you may have already realized how important they are to your dental health and your appearance. Your many teeth work in unison for critical daily functions ranging from speech to chewing food. With any teeth missing, those tasks become much more difficult. You need to replace missing teeth, and fixed bridges are a great option in restoring your appearance and health.

 

Just what is a fixed partial denture, also known as a bridge?

Fixed partial dentures are often just called a bridge. It is a device that fills in any gap created by absent teeth. Fixed bridges get bonded into their place, so they’re only able to be removed by an actual dental professional. There are removable bridges too, which owners can take out and clean. However, fixed bridges provide far more stability than removable options and are a viable option if a dental implant can not be done in the area.

 

Why might I ever need a bridge?

Oral appearance and functionality are two critical reasons for getting a bridge. A good bridge provides support to both your cheeks and your lips. Losing a back tooth can cause your mouth to sink some, and your face might look older as a result. 

Dental health is honestly the primary consideration behind a bridge. Teeth are designed to complement one another. When even one tooth is missing, there is unusual stress put on the gums, risking a handful of possibly hurtful disorders.

One of the most devastating potential side effects of a missing tooth or teeth is the increase in the chance of gum disease, and a bridge can minimize that.

Missing teeth also sometimes mean speech disorders, given that all teeth are used in making many of the sounds that people use for clear speaking.

 

How does a bridge get attached?

It often takes two or even three appointments to finish the attachment procedure. The first appointment often focuses on preparing the teeth to one side of the existing gap and involves removing a portion of the dentin and enamel.

Since a bridge has to be fabricated rather precisely in order to correct your bite as well as to match an opposing tooth, impressions of multiple teeth are taken and then sent to the lab where the actual bridge construction takes place.

Fixed bridges are usually cemented to the natural teeth adjoining the missing one. A false tooth called a pontic replaces the tooth that was lost. Crowns are cemented on the natural teeth to give the bridge the support it needs.

 

What materials get used in bridge construction?

Bridges are constructed from things like gold alloys, porcelain, and non-precious alloys. Combinations of those various materials are also used. Porcelain often gets bonded to metals, both precious and not.

 

How can I take good care of my bridge?

It’s necessary to maintain strict routines of both brushing and flossing. That keeps your bridge, as well as the surrounding teeth, clean. It’s critically essential that this happens, given that the bridge relies heavily on adjoining teeth for its support. You might also be personally interested in Invisalign treatment, which is something we have expertise in.

All of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Tooth loss doesn’t necessarily have to occur as you age, but if you do lose teeth they must be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth. Fortunately, there are options for correcting tooth loss. If you ever experience an emergency dental care issue with your bridges, be sure to contact Dr. Bassiri ASAP.

You may also be interested in our Invisalign treatment, which Dr. Bassiri has extensive experience in Raleigh, NC.

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