Stop Hiding Your Smile
When patients are missing teeth, feelings of embarrassment and self-consciousness can be overwhelming on a daily basis. Gaps in the smile not only detract from appearances, but can severely compromise an individual’s oral health for numerous reasons. Replacing missing teeth is therefore vital to maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile. At the Center for Advanced Dentistry, Dr. Michael Bixby offers patients several options for rebuilding their smile, including dental bridges. Patients throughout Monmouth County can visit Dr. Bixby’s Red Bank, New Jersey practice to learn more about the restorative dental treatments available, and begin restoring their smiles to natural beauty.
A dental bridge is a restoration that is used to close the gap left behind by teeth that have fallen out or been extracted. This dental prosthetic can be used to replace a single or several missing teeth, and is a durable and less-costly alternative to dental implants. The bridge consists of an artificial tooth supported by two porcelain dental crowns. The dental crowns slip over the teeth on either side of the gap, holding the false tooth securely in place. In the past, dental bridges were made of conspicuous metal materials. Dr. Bixby ensures that results look natural by honoring his commitment to metal-free dentistry and using porcelain and composite materials to create all of his dental bridges. This effectively mimics the appearance of natural teeth so patients can feel more confident and self-assured when they smile.
Patients who are missing teeth can restore the appearance of their smiles with dental bridges in two visits to Dr. Bixby’s Red Bank office. During the first appointment, Dr. Bixby will perform a thorough examination and determine whether dental bridges are the best treatment option. The best candidates for dental bridges have healthy teeth on either side of the gap, though bridges may be used in certain cases where the patient has teeth on only one side of the gap. Dr. Bixby will then prep the teeth by removing a thin layer of enamel to make room for the dental crowns on the surrounding teeth. An impression of the area will be taken and sent to a dental lab where custom, all-porcelain dental crowns will be created. While the custom dental bridge is being constructed, a temporary restoration will be placed.
In approximately two weeks, patients can return to the practice for completion of the placement procedure. After bonding the dental crowns to the natural teeth, Dr. Bixby will use dental cement to secure the false tooth. Finally, he will polish the restoration and ensure a proper fit and comfortable bite. The end result is a healthy-looking smile that the patient can feel proud of.
For patients who experience tooth loss, discomfort and embarrassment become a daily issue. Dental bridges are an effective and aesthetically-pleasing treatment option to replace missing teeth and restore the health and beauty of a smile. Red Bank, New Jersey patients who are considering dental bridges, can enjoy the following benefits:
Dr. Bixby wants his patients to know that they don’t have to suffer through the pain or embarrassment of missing teeth. He offers several treatment options to suit the needs of all patients. To find out if you are a candidate for dental bridges, contact his Red Bank, New Jersey practice. The Center for Advanced Dentistry is pleased to serve patients throughout Monmouth County.