Dr. Belton & Dr. Schrimper complete smiles with fixed bridges.
If you’ve lost teeth due to accident, injury, or gum disease, Dr. Belton or Dr. Schrimper can create a permanent bridge to fully restore your smile. A bridge not only fills the gap, it also prevents the remaining teeth from shifting inward and crowding. Bridges can also correct misaligned bites, improve chewing function and speech articulation, and provide internal facial structure to give Rocky Mount patients a more youthful appearance.
What is a fixed bridge?
A bridge is a prosthetic tooth (or teeth) that attaches on one or both sides to teeth prepared with dental crowns. A fixed bridge is permanently joined onto the neighboring abutment teeth (crowned teeth) and consists of three basic units: the false tooth or teeth (called a pontic) and two abutment crowns.
The style of bridge we suggest will depend upon the strength and health the abutment teeth, as well as the location of the gap in relation to the rest of your dentition. If healthy adjacent abutment teeth aren’t available, a surgically-implanted metal post, known as a dental implant, may offer a solid alternative. For a bridge that replaces many teeth, Dr. Belton or Dr. Schrimper may recommend a removable partial denture or implant-supported prosthesis. With proper care, your fixed bridge can keep you smiling for years.
If you have questions about crown and bridgework or any other dental prosthetic, call our Rocky Mount dental office. We will be happy to discuss the options and schedule your evaluation. Dr. Belton & Dr. Schrimper treat patients from Rocky Mount, Farmville, Nashville, Tarboro, Wilson, and nearby North Carolina communities.