Dental Bridges Fort Mill SC
Fix Gaps In TeethAll of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing, and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth.
Tooth loss doesn’t necessarily have to occur as you age, but if you do lose teeth they must be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth.
Fortunately, dental bridges and Monarch Dentistry of Gold Hill provide options for correcting tooth loss.
Dental Bridge Options
A bridge — a device used to replace missing teeth — attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth. Bridges are either permanently attached (fixed bridges), or they can be removable.
Fixed bridges are applied by either placing crowns on the abutment teeth or by bonding the artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth. Removable bridges are attached to the teeth with metal clasps or by precision attachments.
What exactly is a dental bridge, or a partial denture?
A dental bridge (fixed partial denture) is a device that fills the gap where teeth are absent. Fixed bridges are bonded into place and can only be removed by a dental professional. Removable bridges, as the name implies, can be taken out and cleaned. Fixed bridges offer more stability than their removable counterparts.
If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of their importance to your appearance and dental health. Your teeth work together for many daily functions from eating to speaking. With missing teeth, it’s difficult to do these things. Missing teeth can and should be replaced. Fixed bridges are a great way to restore your dental health and appearance.
Why do I need a bridge?
Oral functionality and appearance are important reasons for wearing a bridge. A bridge helps support your lips and cheeks. The loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to sink and your face to look older.
Dental health is the most important reason for a bridge. Teeth were designed to complement each other. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues when teeth are missing, causing a number of potentially harmful disorders.
Increased risk of gum disease has proven to be one of the worst side effects of missing teeth and can be minimized with a bridge.
Missing teeth can cause speech disorders as they are used to make many of the sounds we use to speak clearly.
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How is a bridge attached?
The attachment procedure usually takes two or three appointments to complete. At the first appointment Dr. Mercado will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by removing a portion of the enamel and dentin.
Because the bridge must be fabricated very precisely to ensure correct bite and to match the opposing tooth, impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to a lab where the bridge will be constructed.
Fixed bridges are typically cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth. A pontic (false tooth) replaces the lost tooth. Dental crowns, which are cemented onto the natural teeth, provide support for the bridge.
What materials are used?
Bridges can be constructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Porcelain is often bonded to either precious or non-precious metal.
How do I take care of my bridge?
A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. This is of critical importance as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.
Patient Reviews: Dental Bridges
This reviews section is in progress. Please visit the Patient Review Form page to leave a review about your dental bridge experiences at Monarch Dentistry of Gold Hill. Use our Appointment Request form more information or call us at Monarch Dentistry of Gold Hill Fort Mill Office Phone Number 803-547-7779!
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Patient Review by Mary A
I can't express my gratitude enough for Dr. Mercado. I have been the biggest baby (52 years old now) about getting needles in the front of my mouth that I have put off going to a dentist for a long time. The staff and Dr. Mercado were so understanding and patient with me, so we tried the needle and she was so gentle and took her time and I didn't feel anything. So now I have a dentist who took the time to understand my FEARS (and understood them) and helped me to overcome them. The work that she does is outstanding! And her staff is amazing! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
- Mary A
Patient Review by Marilyn H
Every one at Monarch Dentistry makes me feel welcome. All of the Staff are pleasent and they all care about you. Monarch Dentistry is a place that I would recamend any one to. They are family there fore you are treated like family. From Mrs. Jenny at the front desk to all the clinical staff. I would like to say keep up the good work and Thank you for making me and my family feel like a part of your family. Marilyn Hanselmann
- Marilyn H