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A dental bridge is a cosmetic dentistry procedure. Dental bridges prevent teeth shifting that can lead to bite problems (occlusion) and/or jaw problems. Dental bridges are made from gold, metal, alloys, or porcelain to ensure that they are strong and durable. Overall, they safeguard existing teeth and solve the problem of missing teeth.
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Dental crowns can be used to create lifelike replacements for missing teeth. For dental bridgework trying to replace a single tooth, at least three crowns are required.
Two of the crowns involved in the bridging process will be placed over healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth gap. These healthy teeth are referred to as “abutment teeth.” The crowned abutment teeth support a third crown placed in between them. That third crown is referred to as a “pontic.” If more than one tooth is missing, more crowns will be required to bridge the gap between the abutment teeth. For example, if you have three missing teeth, then four abutment teeth may be necessary to create a seven-tooth bridge.
The number of abutment teeth needed to replace a missing tooth is influenced by several factors. For one, the number of missing teeth that need to be replaced. Other factors include:
After the abutment teeth have been addressed, your dentist will create a mold of that area of your mouth. That mold is sent to a dental lab. The lab uses the mold to create a bridge that will fit properly and feel as much like your natural teeth as possible. Each bridge consists of two crowns on either end to place on the abutments, and a pontic.
We will fit you with a temporary dental bridge while we wait for the lab to craft your permanent bridge. This will protect the abutments and the exposed gum areas, and it will be more aesthetically pleasing than having a missing tooth. When the permanent bridge has been created, you will have a follow-up visit in our Raleigh office to set the bridge. It will be placed on the abutments, and your dentist will then use an adhesive to make sure the bridge is set.The bridge may take a little while to get used to, but after a few days, it should feel like you have your own teeth back again. You should eat soft foods for the first few days after having your bridge placed. After the initial phase, you will be able to eat whatever you want with no issues
Dental crowns and dental bridges need the same care as your natural teeth. Be sure to brush and floss them every day to avoid bacteria buildup. If you tend to grind your teeth at night, then consider wearing a nightguard. Furthermore, be sure to maintain regularly scheduled cleanings with your trusted Raleigh, NC dentist, Dr. Drew.
If you are missing a tooth, you should strongly consider having it replaced. Dr. Drew recommends first pursuing dental implants as a means to restoring your smile and then inquiring about dental bridges.
Besides the aesthetic disadvantage of missing a tooth, it could cause structural changes to your mouth and jaw, and make it difficult to eat and speak. Set up an appointment today to restore your smile’s health, beauty, and vibrancy. Contact our Raleigh general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry practice to speak with one of our team members and learn how you can benefit from this treatment, or one of our other services.
Over time our teeth begin to weaken and become more susceptible to problems such as decay, cracks, discoloration and others. If you feel your smile isn’t what it once was, crowns can help you recover your smile. If your dentist notices that a tooth is decayed or seems weakened/cracked, a crown may be necessary to make sure that there are no additional problems with the tooth. In cases like this, a filling or bonding will not be sufficient.
Crowns can be made from porcelain, porcelain fused to metal, or a full gold crown. To maintain a natural look and feel a porcelain finished crown is best, as it can be matched to the shade of your other teeth. This will allow it to blend in and appear just like one of your natural teeth.
The process of installing a crown takes 2-3 visits to the dentist. On the first visit, the tooth will be reshaped by filing down the enamel so that the crown can be placed over it. You will be given a local anesthetic before this part of the procedure so that you do not experience any discomfort. Once the tooth has been reshaped, a mold will be taken of that tooth and the surrounding teeth. This mold will be sent to a dental lab so that your new crown can be made so that it fits in the spot created for it and looks the same relative to the surrounding teeth. Before leaving, your dentist will fit you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown is ready.
The crown takes about 2-3 weeks to be returned to your dentist. At this time, you will have another appointment to place and fit the permanent crown. You will again have a local anesthetic to numb the area, and the tooth will be placed using a cement to ensure the tooth sets in place. When you look in the mirror, you will see your old smile back. Crowns are durable and will usually last about 10-15 years. You should care for it as you would any of your other teeth with regular brushing and flossing. Call us today if you would like to learn more about how crowns can help restore your smile.
Bonding is a popular method to enhance the aesthetics of your smile. Bonding can be used to correct cracks or gaps in teeth, as a filling after a cavity has been removed, or to cover up stains or discolored teeth.
A composite resin is used on the affected tooth or teeth. It is molded and sculpted over an adhesive gel that is placed on the tooth. After the resin has been applied, an LED light is used to harden the resin, which is then polished to give you a fresh, new smile.
Bonding is an obvious improvement over unsightly silver amalgam fillings. With the advancements in dental technology, bonding usually lasts for over ten years. It is a safe, affordable, and attractive solution for many dental problems.
Julian S. Drew, DDS accepts most major dental insurance plans, including Metlife, Delta Dental, Ameritas, and Cigna. Call our office to see if we accept your insurance plan. Our friendly front desk staff is always here to answer your insurance questions! For your convenience, we also offer affordable financing through CareCredit.
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