Dental Bridges Specialist

Burley Dentistry

Erika V. Burley, DMD

General & Cosmetic Dentist located in Charlotte, NC

Dental bridges can help restore your smile, as well as the lost function that so often comes with missing teeth. At Burley Cosmetic Dentistry, an in-house dental lab produces custom crowns and bridges to shorten your waiting time. Dr. Erika Burley has extensive experience creating bridgework that is virtually undetectable from your natural teeth. If you are ready to get more information about a custom dental bridge, schedule an appointment at the Charlotte, North Carolina, office today by calling or booking it online.

Dental Bridges Q & A

What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a tooth-replacement option that uses crowns to anchor one or more false teeth. Once in place, dental bridges offer a very natural appearance. Many people choose dental bridges because they’re more affordable than dental implants.

The false tooth or teeth in a bridge are crafted from a base of metal or ceramic, and coated with a thin layer of porcelain. These false teeth are called pontics.

The pontics are anchored to the adjacent teeth using dental crowns, which offer a strong attachment that should last for many years with proper care.

Traditional, crown-anchored bridges are the most common type of dental bridgework and are an area of specialty at Burley Cosmetic Dentistry.

Do dental bridges require special dental hygiene care?

Once your dental bridge is in place, you can resume your normal oral hygiene routines. Simply brush, floss, and rinse as usual, taking care to pay attention to your gum tissue under your bridge. In some cases, you may find that food particles cling to certain areas of your bridge, especially if you have a type that is not connected by crowns.

While your dental bridge components are not subject to decay, it’s still important to thoroughly clean your mouth each day. Good oral hygiene removes harmful bacteria, plaque, and tartar from your teeth and gums, so be sure to establish and maintain a solid dental hygiene plan.

It’s also important to come in for routine dental examinations after a bridge is put into position. Dr. Burley checks to make sure that your bridge is properly positioned, and not placing undue pressure on nearby teeth.  

Will dental bridges change my eating or speech habits?

Dental bridges restore your teeth to their natural alignment. They’re strong enough to perform normal eating and chewing tasks, and also support normal speech.

In some cases, your speech or eating routines may have changed over the years to accommodate missing teeth. In those instances, a dental bridge may in fact alter your eating habits or speech patterns, but that change will be for the better.

When you’re ready to find a lasting and cost-effective solution to one or more missing teeth, a dental bridge may be right for you. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Burley at Burley Cosmetic Dentistry to learn more, and to find answers to any questions or concerns you might have.