Are there gaps and spaces between your teeth? Are you missing one or more permanent teeth? Dr. Derek C. Barnes may recommend a dental bridge in Charlotte, North Carolina. Dental bridges are used to close the gap caused by missing permanent teeth. A dental bridge consists of dental crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap. These teeth are called abutment teeth and anchor the bridge in place. The dental crowns have a replacement tooth attached between them. Our dentist may recommend a dental bridge to:

• Restore your smile
• Restore your ability to chew and speak properly
• Maintain your face shape
• Properly distribute your bite
• Keep your remaining teeth from shifting

When placing a dental bridge, our dentist will first remove a small amount of tooth enamel from the abutment teeth. This will allow room for the dental bridge in your mouth. Impressions of your teeth will then be made so that your dental bridge can be constructed. Our dentist may place a temporary bridge to protect your teeth. When the dental bridge is complete, the temporary bridge will be removed and our dentist will check the fit of the dental bridge. Once any necessary adjustments are made, the dental bridge is permanently cemented in place.

To learn more and to schedule an appointment, contact our dental office today.