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(704) 978-7060

1316 Davie Ave, Suite A
Statesville, NC 28677-3561

Dental Bridges


Computer image of Dental bridge from Jon C. Packman DDS
Tooth loss is a serious issue. Even just one tooth, which may not seem like such a big deal (especially if the tooth is toward the back of the mouth and out of view), can have a major impact. Losing a tooth affects your ability to chew your food, which, in turn, can affect your overall nutrition. Food can get stuck in the empty space, increasing your risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Tooth loss can impact your speech, leading to a lisp. Your teeth can begin to shift into the empty space, throwing off your bite. Depending upon the location, tooth loss can impact your smile, and affect your confidence. You may even find that you smile less, or even not at all. At Jon C. Packman DDS, we offer several options for replacing missing teeth, including dental bridges.

What Is a Dental Bridge?


When you lose a tooth, an empty space in your dentition is left behind. A dental bridge is a restoration designed to “bridge” that gap. Typically made out of ceramic, a bridge can be used to replace up to three consecutive missing teeth. Your replacement tooth (or teeth), which is known as a pontic tooth, is set between two dental crowns. The dental crowns are set over the healthy teeth adjacent to the empty space (the abutment teeth), which act as an anchor, effectively holding the bridge in place.

Placing Your Dental Bridge


The procedure for placing a dental bridge takes two visits and is similar to placing a dental crown. At your first appointment, we prepare the abutment teeth, a process that is done under a local anesthetic. Preparing the teeth involves removing a portion of the enamel. This is done so that the bridge can fit naturally, and comfortably, in with the rest of the teeth. Once the teeth have been prepared, we then take an impression of your mouth. The impression is sent to our lab, where your custom bridge is designed and created. It can take up to two weeks for the bridge to be completed, so a temporary bridge will be placed in the meantime. When the bridge is finished, you will return for your next visit, we will check the bridge for fit and cement it in place.

Care for Your Dental Bridge


A bridge does not require any special care beyond your normal oral care routine. They should be brushed and flossed just like the rest of your natural teeth. It is also important to have professional dental cleanings and exams. While bridges cannot experience decay and cavities, they can collect plaque and bacteria, which can contribute to tooth decay of your healthy teeth and gum disease. Bridges can last 15 years or more when properly cared for.

Benefits of Dental Bridges


•  Dental bridges have several benefits:
•  Bridges restore the functions of your mouth.
•  Improvements in your oral health, and your overall nutrition.
•  Bridges prevent your healthy teeth from shifting, keeping them in proper alignment.

If you are missing teeth, even just one, getting them replaced is essential for restoring the functions of your mouth and giving you back your quality of life. For more information, or to find out if dental bridges are right for you, contact Jon C. Packman DDS today.

Porcelain Dental Bridges


Porcelain fixed bridges done by our dentist at Jon C. Packman DDS Porcelain dental bridges are fixed appliances that will work to restore the structure and function of your teeth after tooth loss. These appliances are non-removable, so they will become a permanent part of your smile. The bridge contains two porcelain crowns fused to metal that will slip over two anchoring teeth found on either side of the artificial teeth. The bridge then fills the gap that was created due to tooth loss.

Reasons for Choosing a Fixed Bridge


There are numerous reasons that you might choose a fixed bridge to correct your tooth loss:
•  Restore the smile
•  Improve your ability to speak and chew normally
•  Maintain your normal face shape
•  Fill in the spaces left by missing teeth
•  Prevent the remaining teeth from shifting positions
•  Upgrade from removable dentures

Getting Your Fixed Bridge


The process of getting your bridge will generally require at least two appointments with your dentist. Your teeth will be numbed to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure, and the anchoring teeth will then be prepared by having a thin portion of the enamel removed to make room for a crown. Molds will be made of your teeth to be sent to a dental lab, and the bridge is fabricated at this facility. You may also be able to wear a temporary bridge until your follow-up appointment, which will usually be scheduled about two weeks out.

At your next visit, we'll remove your temporary bridge, and the new bridge will be checked for proper fit. Once it is determined that the appliance is ready, it will be bonded or cemented into place.

Caring for Your Dental Bridge


Bridges are created to be highly durable, and with proper care, they can last for several years. However, even normal wear can require them to need replacement, so be sure to follow up with your dentist regularly to ensure that your appliance is still in good shape. You should also be sure to brush and floss properly in order to keep your remaining teeth healthy and avoid future tooth loss.

Phone


(704) 978-7060

Hours


Monday–Wednesday: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
CLOSED from 12:30p.m.–2p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Address


Jon C. Packman DDS
1316 Davie Ave
Statesville, NC 28677-3561
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