A dental bridge is a cosmetic tooth replacement that is made up of two or more dental crowns, also known as abutment teeth. It acts as an anchor that supports a prosthetic tooth, known as a pontic. A pontic is made from a type of high-strength porcelain called Zirconia and can be supported by natural teeth or dental implants.
There are three main types of dental bridges:
Traditional: These are the most common type of dental bridges and consist of a dental crown that sits on top of the two natural teeth or dental implants on either side of the pontic.
Cantilever: These are used when there are only teeth to support the bridge on one side of the pontic. Because of this, they aren't as strong as a traditional bridge and aren't recommended for use in the back of a person's mouth where they could easily be broken.
Maryland-bonded: These are made of porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or plastic teeth supported by porcelain or metal framework bonded to surrounding teeth.
Before and After
Bridge on Upper Front Teeth Before and After
What to Expect From Your Dental Bridge Procedure
Having a dental bridge placed into your mouth will require more than one visit to our office for most people. Here's what you can expect during your traditional dental bridge procedure:
Dr. Carraway numbs the surrounding area of your gums where the bridge will be placed.
Then, he will prepare the abutment teeth for their dental crowns by smoothing them down and carefully shaping them.
Next, he will take an impression of your teeth.
While your permanent bridge is being formed in our state-of-the-art laboratory, a temporary bridge or dental crown will be placed in your mouth until your next appointment.
After your permanent bridge arrives from the lab, Dr. Carraway will remove your temporary bridge or crown and place your permanent bridge into your mouth, making sure it fits perfectly and is comfortable.
At Carraway Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, your comfort and safety are our highest priority. Having a cosmetic tooth replacement placed in your mouth should be a virtually painless experience. While some swelling or discomfort may occur after the procedure, be sure to contact us if these symptoms do not resolve quickly or cannot be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
If you are living with the discomfort, inconvenience, and embarrassment a severely damaged or missing tooth can bring, Carraway Family and Cosmetic Dentistry is here to help. With our progressive cosmetic tooth replacement, including dental bridges, we can help you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile quickly and easily. Schedule a free consultation online or give us a call today to schedule your free consultation with our compassionate cosmetic dentist in Greer, SC.