Missing or severely decaying teeth can ruin your self-confidence and overall quality of life. At McCarthy Dental - Dr. Darryl Warren and Associates in New Bern, North Carolina, Darryl Warren DDS, PA, and his expert team offer dental bridges to fill gaps between teeth and perfect your smile. Schedule an appointment with McCarthy Dental by phone or online today.
Because the remaining teeth tend to shift into open spaces, it’s important to take care of any missing teeth. If your teeth start to shift for this reason, it can cause pain in the joints of the jaw, referred to as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ). When teeth shift, they can change your bite pattern and the alignment of the remaining teeth.
A dental bridge can help solve this problem, whether you’re missing one tooth or multiple teeth. The dental bridge serves as a base for a prosthetic tooth. It’s cemented into place or removable. If you’re missing teeth and don’t qualify for dental implants, the McCarthy Dental team can restore your smile with a natural-looking porcelain bridge.
As its name implies, a dental bridge will bridge over the area where teeth are missing. The bridge will act as a support piece for one or more prosthetic teeth. Most often, the bridge will be cemented into place directly between two natural teeth. These are called abutments, and they serve to anchor the bridge in place. There are some instances where the bridge can be made removable; this type of bridge is referred to as a partial plate.
Bridges are usually made of tooth-colored porcelain, which looks and feels just like natural teeth. The teeth on a bridge will be shaped to closely match your natural teeth. Most times, you can’t tell the difference.
Unlike natural teeth, prosthetic teeth should not undergo whitening. If you plan on having your teeth whitened, whether at home or by a professional, you should have it done before your bridge is made.
Your dental bridge will require the same care that your natural teeth do. It’s important to continue with your regular routine, including flossing once a day and brushing twice daily. Continue to visit your dentist for regular check-ups, preventive cleaning, and other dental care.
During these check-ups, you’ll be able to discuss any questions or concerns you might have about your bridge. The bridge is made to stand up to normal wear-and-tear. However, there’s a possibility that a bridge can break, so it's important not to use anything hard against your teeth. Don't chew ice or eat hard foods like some candies, as this action can break both the bridge and your natural teeth.
Don’t live with missing teeth when a simple cosmetic dentistry solution is available at McCarthy Dental. Schedule an appointment over the phone or online to find out if a dental bridge is right for you.