Wilson, Greenville, Goldsboro, Rocky Mount, Raleigh & nearby areas
Missing teeth can be both embarrassing and troublesome. Each of your teeth performs a specific function. When you are missing one or more teeth, the function they once provided is transferred to adjacent teeth resulting in uneven wear and jawbone deterioration.
Missing teeth can also alter the shape of your face and the strength of your bite as adjacent teeth slide into their place. From a cosmetic perspective, missing teeth can make your smile awkward and uncomfortable. This can result in hiding your smile, and feeling less confident in business and social interactions.
At the Wilson, North Carolina office of cosmetic dentists Ham, Dixon & Boles, we know how important it is to have a full set of teeth. One of the most common tooth replacement options we offer is a dental bridge. With a dental bridge, our board-certified cosmetic dentists can provide you with renewed confidence by restoring strength, function, and beauty to your smile.
How a Dental Bridge Works
There are several types of dental bridges, but all preform the same function: to literally bridge the gap between your natural teeth and one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges are secured onto your natural teeth with dental crowns, holding a false tooth in place between these teeth. For short span bridges, both the crowns and the false tooth are made out of porcelain. This provides the highest amount of aesthetic appeal.
Long span bridges, or those replacing four or more teeth, require porcelain fused to metal for added security. In the hands of our experienced cosmetic dentists, these dental bridges can also provide aesthetic appeal, while ensuring maximum strength and functionality.
Dental bridges are a good solution for missing teeth but do not provide the long-term benefits of dental implants. However, we have found that dental bridges are best for patients who are only missing one tooth with adjacent teeth that have had previous restorative work done.
No one solution is right for every patient. During your initial consultation, one of our cosmetic dentists will thoroughly assess your teeth and determine the procedure that will best suit your unique needs.