Dr. Cory Williams may recommend a dental bridge for your smile if you are missing one tooth or more than one consecutive tooth. A dental bridge consists of two anchors (one on either side of the bridge) and at least one pontic. A pontic is an artificial tooth that is shaped to match your smile’s natural tooth color, shape, and size and to blend in beautiully. An anchor can be an implant, a natural tooth, or a dental crown. Aside from their aesthetic benefits, dental bridges can:
- Improve your ability to chew and eat properly
- Increase your ability to speak clearly
- Hold natural teeth in place, preventing shifting
- Reduce strain on other teeth
With proper care, dental bridges can last for up to 15 years. To ensure that your dental bridge lasts as long as possible, we encourage you to brush at least twice a day and floss daily. With a dental bridge, our friendly team and dentist can complete your smile in as little as two visits. During the first visit, we will take measurements and molds of your smile so your custom restoration can be created to fit your smile. In your second appointment, we will make sure your bridge fits comfortably and then cement it in place for a lasting restoration. If you have any questions about the benefits of a dental bridge in Wilmington, North Carolina, please feel free to contact us today. We look forward to caring for your smile!