One or more missing teeth can compromise dental function, harm oral health, and affect your self-confidence.
A dental bridge is a dentistry solution to replace one or several natural teeth, completing your smile and restoring your appearance.
Smith Custom Dentistry in Charleston, SC, is led by a highly skilled dentist who works with an award-winning lab to create dental bridges.
What Is a
A dental bridge is an artificial tooth or row of artificial teeth made out of premium, natural-looking dental materials. A traditional bridge is anchored to natural teeth on both sides of a gap in your smile, while implant-supported bridges are secured directly to the jaw. Once placed by our expert dentist, Brock Smith, a bridge will beautify your smile and restore your oral function.
We Offer 2 Dental Bridge Options
To ensure maximum stability, your bridge can be supported by dental implants. Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that support dental restorations like bridges or crowns. An important advantage of this option is that it doesn't require crowning healthy teeth, and the implants can stop the jawbone atrophy caused by tooth loss.
Why Replacing Teeth Matters
Did you know dental bridges can reduce the risk of gum disease? When teeth are lost, the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile will begin to shift into the void. This can create places where food particles get trapped, which can eventually spur gum disease. Gum disease doesn't just affect the health of your mouth; it can also raise the risk of heart and respiratory conditions.
Meanwhile, the shifted teeth bear excess pressure each time you bite down, which can lead to a need for costly restorative work. Taking action now can benefit your oral health, your overall health, and your finances!
See Dr. Smith's Stellar Results
Dr. Smith provided a bridge to replace one missing tooth.
Dr. Smith replaced multiple missing teeth with a dental bridge, in addition to upgrading each surrounding tooth in terms of form and function.
Receive a Top-Quality Dental Bridge In a Truly Relaxing Atmosphere
Our practice strives to cultivate a relaxing atmosphere. When you come to us seeking a dental bridge or any other treatment, you will experience a warm, relaxing environment in an office outfitted with cutting-edge technology.
We understand that the patient experience requires more than just an elegantly designed, first-rate office. Our dentist and his team are known for personalizing treatment and taking the time to truly understand each patient's needs. We will empower you throughout your time with us so that you can feel confident in choosing a bridge or any other treatment.
Charleston Recommends Our Dentist
"Amazing team! Dr. Smith is kind, patient and very detail oriented! He makes you feel very comfortable and at ease during every procedure. He does incredible restorative work. I highly recommend him and his amazing assistant Deena." Katelyn Taylor, 5-Star Google Review, 2022
Dental Bridges and Insurance
A dental bridge is a restorative dentistry treatment that is typically covered by basic dental insurance since it is considered medically necessary.
Our Charleston team accepts most insurance providers and will work to secure maximum coverage from your plan. We also accept payment by cash, check, American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa.
It is important to note that dental implants are not covered by insurance despite their immense health benefits.
Implants Offer Significant Benefits
Choosing to support your bridge with dental implants can provide many important benefits, including:
A More Conservative Solution
Retaining natural dental tissue is always the best choice in dentistry. By supporting a bridge with implants, you can avoid the need to crown healthy teeth on either side of the gap in your smile.
Tooth roots provide the stimulation that signals to the body to retain bone tissue in the jaw. When tooth roots are lost, the jaw will begin to shrink and change shape. Implants provide the stimulation needed to prevent jaw atrophy.
Avoid Further Treatment
With a traditional bridge, you may eventually need bone grafting to replace lost bone tissue at the site of tooth loss. With dental implants, you can avoid the need for this invasive procedure.
Dentures May Be
a Better Fit
Some patients come to our Charleston office suffering from missing teeth in multiple areas of their mouth. In some of these cases, partial dentures may be a better choice than bridges. Or, if your remaining teeth are in poor condition and cannot be saved, it may be a better option to extract those teeth and replace most or all of a dental arch with a denture.
Dr. Smith will work to determine the most conservative and effective solution for your needs.
Our practice strives to cultivate a relaxing atmosphere. When you come to us, you will experience a warm, relaxing environment in an office outfitted with cutting-edge technology.