Dental Bridges Chapel Hill, NC

Dental Bridges An Overview

A dental bridge has been a longstanding solution for a missing tooth or several consecutive missing teeth. As a result of the many advances made in recent years, today’s dental patients enjoy superior results with higher quality materials, improved treatment options and the ability to permanently secure a bridge using dental implants. Dr. Cook provides personalized care for the restoration of your lost teeth using a dental bridge that will be custom-made for your specific needs.

A dental bridge can be secured by existing natural teeth, often strengthened with dental crowns or the placement of dental implants. Dr. Cook will evaluate the condition of your teeth and work with you on an individual basis to determine the best way to support your dental bridge for a lasting result. In most cases, a dental implant is recommended for the most stable result.

Dental Implant vs Dental Bridge: What to Consider?

When choosing the best option for tooth replacement, especially in the case of a single missing tooth, a dental implant can offer significant benefits for your long-term dental health. Dr. Cook will educate you on the pros and cons of all treatment options for your consideration.

A dental implant is not only a permanent and secure new tooth, but it closely mimics all parts of the lost tooth, including the tooth root. The tooth root helps to stimulate bone tissue growth in the jaw and plays a key role in the overall structure of your lower jaw and the position of your teeth. When a tooth root is lost, local bone tissue slowly shrinks and can allow the shape of the jaw to change and teeth to shift in the mouth. Dental implants serve to minimize these changes and will stabilize your long term dental health once in place.

Dental Bridges What to Expect

The placement process of a dental bridge will vary from patient to patient, depending on the need for additional dental work to prepare the mouth and the type of bridge being placed. Dr. Cook will go over all aspects of your treatment during a consultation and coordinate care with a local oral surgeon as needed.