Dr. Jessica Christy and her team at Orchard Hill Dental in Hendersonville, North Carolina provide restorative treatment with dental bridges. This treatment option is best for patients with one or more missing teeth, especially consecutive missing teeth. If you would like to request a consultation with Dr. Christy or a member of her dental team to receive a dental bridge, call (828) 247-7001, or schedule an appointment online.
Benefits of a Dental Bridge
A dental bridge can offer multiple benefits to patients with missing teeth. This restoration:
- Helps to support any remaining tooth structure
- Restores the ability to bite and chew evenly
- Prevents teeth from shifting
- Maintains a patient’s face shape
Treatment with Dental Bridges
Dental bridges can be removable or secured with dental implants. Secured dental bridges provide more stability and last longer than removable dental bridges. Before treatment, Dr. Christy will perform an examination of the teeth and gums. They will work with you to create a comprehensive, personalized plan for the placement of the dental bridge.
If there are any natural teeth adjacent to tooth gaps, they can be shaped to ensure that they can properly support the bridge. Dental impressions will be made of teeth so your dental bridge is a custom-fit. Dental bridges usually consist of a metal framework that is covered by porcelain to improve the aesthetics of the patient’s smile. When complete, we will ensure that the dental bridge fits properly before it is attached with adhesive cement.
Dental Bridge FAQs
Learn the answers to frequently asked questions about dental bridges below:
Is the dental bridge procedure painful?
No, it is not painful because teeth are numbed with anesthesia during the procedure.
How do you care for a dental bridge?
A removable dental bridge should be removed and cleaned twice a day. If you choose a dental bridge that is secured with dental implants, it can be maintained like regular natural teeth.
How long is the dental bridge procedure?
The dental bridge procedure usually takes an hour to an hour and a half over two office visits. For implant-secured bridges, implants are prepared for crowns in the first visit and the dental bridge is added during the second procedure.