Porcelain Bridges

Missing teeth can cause mouth pain and even can cause you to chew differently. As your remaining teeth work to compensate for the loss, gaps and spaces form that can only make the situation worse and potentially more difficult to fix down the road.

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Porcelain Bridges

What is a Porcelain Bridge?

A porcelain bridge is a permanent solution to fixing a missing tooth or several teeth. It is completed by permanently joining a new, artificial tooth to the teeth on either side of the gap. This type of bridge is most popular with our patients because the porcelain resembles the color and look of your natural teeth. The procedure is not only an excellent way to repair your missing tooth and get your smile back, but it also can relieve any pain you may have been experiencing by reconstructing teeth that may be broken or damaged on each side of the gap.

What is a Porcelain Bridge?

A porcelain bridge is a permanent solution to fixing a missing tooth or several teeth. It is completed by permanently joining a new, artificial tooth to the teeth on either side of the gap. This type of bridge is most popular with our patients because the porcelain resembles the color and look of your natural teeth. The procedure is not only an excellent way to repair your missing tooth and get your smile back, but it also can relieve any pain you may have been experiencing by reconstructing teeth that may be broken or damaged on each side of the gap.

Porcelain Bridge Procedure

First, the teeth on either side of the missing tooth will be prepared for the bridge by making sure there is adequate space for the new tooth to be placed. At all times your comfort is our first priority, so the doctor will provide a local anesthetic. If you are interested in our Sedation Dentistry for this procedure, please let us know.

We will then take an impression of your teeth, creating a model to help us mold and create a custom bridge just for you. While your permanent bridge is being made and colored to exactly match your teeth, you will be given a temporary bridge. This will protect your teeth and gums until your next appointment, at which time your permanent bridge will be placed. Your dentist will work with you to ensure your bridge is comfortable in your mouth and make any necessary adjustments.

Upon leaving the office, you will receive proper care instructions. Remember the staff at Mint Hill Dentistry is here to answer any questions you may have after the procedure.

Your porcelain bridge is durable and will last many years!

Dental Bridge Question and Answers

You are not alone. Most people want to have a nice smile since it can be one of the first things others notice about you. You may be interested in a few minor adjustments or may have concerns that need more attention. Some smiles can be enhanced with simple teeth whitening or bonding treatments. Other smiles need porcelain veneerscrowns or bridgesgum contouring; periodontal therapy or a combination of these techniques. Our doctors will suggest a treatment plan for you based on your goals, areas of concern and the overall condition of your oral health. Contact us for a complimentary smile evaluation to determine what course of action will produce the best solution for you.

By replacing missing teeth either with a bridge or implant, you will alleviate the problems associated with missing a tooth and give your smile back its beautiful, full appearance. A dental bridge is one solution to replacing a tooth. By using neighboring teeth as the supportive structure, your dentist at Mint Hill Dentistry places a porcelain restoration into the vacant space, restoring the functionality and look of your smile. A dental implant is also an excellent solution. Dental implants involve the placement of a titanium post directly into the jawbone. Once the post has bonded to the bone, it can act as a new, solid support for a natural looking, porcelain restoration. Implants can replace a single tooth, or an entire set of teeth, offering more function and permanence than traditional dentures.

Both bridges and implants replace missing teeth, however a bridge uses the teeth on either side of the missing tooth for support. An implant consists of an artificial titanium root, a connector piece and a crown. A bridge is 3 (+) crowns splinted together, using the two roots on either side of the missing tooth. Both can look nearly identical to your missing tooth, but a bridges requires support of the neighboring teeth, while an implant does not.

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