Missing teeth can negatively affect the appearance of your smile and can often times cause difficulty eating or speaking. North Carolina cosmetic dentist Dr. Stephen Hoard offers a variety of replacement options for missing teeth, including dental bridges, in his New Bern dentist office.
About Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth, and “bridge” the gap in a patient’s smile. Using the latest materials, Dr. Hoard creates artificial teeth that are virtually indistinguishable from you natural teeth.
Types of Dental Bridges
A dental bridge is a series of artificial teeth. It can be either fixed or removable. A removable bridge is best when used as a temporary restoration. A fixed dental 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.
The benefits of using dental implants are that they are longer lasting and more stable and do not require the dentist to remove any of the natural tooth structure, as is the case with dental crowns.
FAQs About Dental Bridges
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. Dr. Hoard accepts all dental insurance in his New Bern NC dentist office and our staff will handle all necessary billing and paperwork. Additionally, we offer financing options for patients who are concerned about cost.
Can you repair broken bridgework?
Although dental bridges are built to last a long time, problems still sometimes arise. If you have a dental bridge that is broken, chipped or loose, contact our office to see if Dr. Hoard is able to repair your existing restoration. If repairing the bridge is not an option, Dr. Hoard can let you know what your other options are.
How do I take care of my dental bridge?
A dental bridge should be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth. Dr. Hoard will show you a special technique to floss under and around the artificial tooth or teeth. It is also important to visit the dentist at least twice a year for routine examinations.