Dental Bridges An Overview
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.
Dental Bridges What to Expect
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.