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Dental Bridge Greer, SC

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 and the different 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.

Dental Bridge in Greer, South Carolina

Why Replace Missing Teeth?

Even one missing tooth can impact the health of your entire mouth. When you’re missing a tooth, the other teeth in your mouth are more likely to develop tooth decay. You’re also more likely to suffer from gum disease. The other teeth in your mouth will move and shift to try to fill the gap that your missing teeth have left. If you’ve had treatment to straighten your teeth previously, you’ll probably need to have it again after you have missing teeth.

Missing teeth make your bite uneven as well. The pressure of your bite coming together isn’t evenly distributed throughout your teeth. Some teeth take on more pressure than others. Because of this extra pressure, those teeth are more likely to break or chip. An uneven bite leads to TMJ disorders, too. The jaw joint doesn’t track in the right way anymore, and you can experience pain and problems with function.

Traditional Dental Bridges

Traditional dental bridges can be fixed or removable and replace a single tooth or multiple consecutive missing teeth. Some have metal portions that clip over your teeth, and others are cemented in place. Traditional bridges use your natural teeth to act as anchors on either side of them. Usually, we recommend fortifying anchor teeth with dental crowns. Anchor teeth experience wear and tear and are more likely to suffer from other oral health problems. Dental crowns take on the pressure from supporting the dental bridge, so you avoid damage to your natural teeth.

Traditional bridges are a faster and cheaper option than implant-supported bridges. But they do come with some downsides. With traditional bridges, you may have to remove certain foods from your diet because the bridge won’t be able to process them. Because the jawbone continues to deteriorate, it’s likely that you’ll have to adjust or replace your bridge at least once in your lifetime, leading to extra costs.

Implant-Supported Dental Bridges

Instead of your natural teeth anchoring the bridge, we use dental implants to support it. With this option, you get all the benefits of dental implants. The implant posts spur on jawbone regeneration, so the bone stops deteriorating. While implant-supported bridges are more expensive, you don’t incur extra costs in the long run. Without your bone structure changing, you shouldn’t need to have your restoration adjusted or replaced.

Implants give you back 100% of your bite function, too. You don’t have to eliminate any foods from your diet because the restoration can process them. This option allows you to avoid putting extra stress on your natural teeth or needing to remove tooth structure to prepare the tooth for a dental crown.

The Dental Bridge Process

The process of getting a dental bridge depends on the method you choose. We start by preparing anchor teeth and fitting dental crowns for a traditional bridge. We take an impression of your mouth so that the custom dental bridge can be made to fit perfectly. When it’s ready, we ensure it fits properly and cement it into your mouth if it’s a fixed bridge. We teach you how to brush and floss with your restoration so you make sure everything is cleaned well.

The implant posts have to be surgically placed for an implant-supported bridge. Once this is complete, they require around 3-6 months to heal. We’ll fit you with a temporary restoration while you’re healing from the implant surgery. Once this is done, impressions are taken, and your dental bridge is custom-made to fit the size, shape, and color of the rest of your smile.

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.