Dental bridges are dental restorations that help replace multiple missing teeth. Dr. Adam Carraway offers dental bridge treatment at Carraway Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Greer, SC. He works with a local dental lab to ensure that dental bridges are precise and comfortable for patients. Dr. Carraway can also provide implant-secured dental bridges for his patients for longer-lasting results.
There are many benefits to replacing missing teeth, particularly multiple teeth. Learn about why it is important to restore missing teeth as well as the different types of dental bridges below. Please let Dr. Carraway or a member of his dental team know if you have any questions about your treatment options and they will be happy to help you.
Why Replace Missing Teeth?
If you have multiple missing teeth, you are likely more prone to tooth decay and gum infection. Patients who have already lost teeth due to infection are still at risk of the infection spreading. Bacteria can also build up in missing teeth sockets and affect the natural remaining teeth. It can also be difficult for patients with lost teeth to eat and speak comfortably. Missing teeth create an uneven bite that hinders the ability to chew and communicate.
Types of Dental Bridges
There are three common types of dental bridges that patients can choose from:
- Traditional: Traditional dental bridges are replacement teeth that can be secured by natural teeth covered by dental crowns on either side of the tooth gap. We can also secure dental bridges with dental implants.
- Cantilever: A Cantilever bridge uses a pontic, or artificial tooth, between the natural abutment teeth. They are prepared on one side of the tooth gap. Cantilever bridges are useful when there are no teeth for support on the other side of the gap or there are multiple prosthetics already in place.
- Maryland: Maryland dental bridges are unique in that they are prosthetic teeth with metal wings. These wings are bonded to the back of natural teeth.
Request a Dental Appointment
Schedule a dental consultation with Dr. Carraway online. You can also contact Carraway Family and Cosmetic Dentistry for treatment today at 864.383.9711.