Dental Bridges in Charleston, SC
When our patients face a dental extraction due to infection, damage, or trauma, they often express concerns about having a gap in their smiles. Your smile is an important part of who you are, so it makes sense that you would want it to look great.
Tooth loss is not just an esthetic issue. Leaving a gap in your smile allows your remaining teeth to shift, which can throw off the natural function of your bite. As a result, you may experience other oral health issues such as periodontal disease, exposed roots, and continued tooth loss.
Dental Bridges – An Alternative to Dental Implants
Dental implants do not work well for everyone. Some patients have trouble with bone density while others have certain lifestyle habits that limit success. Some may simply want to avoid the surgery and waiting times associated with a dental implant.
A dental bridge requires two healthy adjacent teeth. Dr. Thomas or Dr. Weir use these teeth as a foundation for the bridge, placing dental crowns that will hold an artificial tooth (known as a pontic) in place. They use custom shading to match your dental crowns to your natural teeth so that when you smile, the appearance is seamless. We want people to notice your attractive and friendly smile, not your dental work!
How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?
As with all dentistry, how long restorations will last depends largely upon your dedication to caring for them properly. Dental restorations can last five to seven years – or even longer!
With dental bridges, it is important to avoid chewing any overly hard or chewy foods, which can damage the restoration. You will also need to keep the gums around and underneath your bridge clean. Special brushes and floss threaders can make this process easier, and we are happy to demonstrate the correct way to brush and floss with a dental bridge.
We will evaluate your dental bridge at each exam and make sure that it is still stable and functioning properly.
Getting Ready for Treatment
Anytime we plan for dental work, making sure your teeth and gums are healthy is an essential part of the planning process. If you suffer from decay or periodontal disease, we will be sure to address those conditions so that the dentistry we provide gets the best start in a healthy mouth.
Your dentist will let you know what to expect and create a customized treatment plan for you that addresses your unique needs.
Do You Have a Missing Tooth?
James Island Dental Associates welcomes patients of all ages and proudly provides high-quality dentistry to Charleston, SC and the surrounding communities. Give us a call to schedule an exam with Dr. Thomas and Dr. Weir.
We look forward to meeting you!