Whitening procedures have effectively restored the smile of people with discolored, dull and coffee stained…Read More
Root Canal Therapy
Root Canal Therapy is treatment of an inflamed or infected nerve of a tooth. By…Read More
Our dental hygienists strive to keep you healthy! We screen for oral cancer, evaluate teeth…Read More
Typically, we’d like to see children beginning around 3 years old. Kids learn from their…Read More
Are you waking up with headaches and jaw pain due to grinding your teeth at…Read More
We offer non-metal restorations or fillings. These are most often called “composites” and are comprised…Read More
Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top…Read More
What Are Bridges?
For a missing tooth, sometimes the best option is to create a bridge across the missing area by using your existing teeth instead of an implant. The skilled dentists at Michael Edenfield DDS are the experts in Portsmouth for bridges that are fully functional, provide an excellent fit, and appear as natural teeth.
Our bridges are made out of porcelain, which ensures durability as well as esthestics. The existing teeth on either side are made into abutments. Two crowns on either side are attached to the abutments, and the new tooth between, called a pontic, replaces the missing tooth. Dental bridges are created with great care to fit properly and look natural.
The process of being fitted for a bridge will take a couple visits. We will fit you with a temporary bridge, while waiting for the lab to carefully craft your permanent bridge. Once your bridge has been tailored to meet your unique fit, we will fit you with your new teeth, creating a solid bond.
Dentures are removable replacement teeth. There are two types of full dentures, conventional and immediate. With conventional full dentures, before the placement of the dentures, the tissue is given time to heal after teeth removal. You will be without teeth for a few months with this option. Immediate full dentures are what they sound like, immediately placed in the mouth after the teeth removal procedure. This allows you to not be without teeth, but does require resetting visits, as your mouth heals and the jawbone reshapes. Similar to a dental bridge, partial dentures are also an option.
Dentures are a big step and take time to get used to. Eating and talking naturally come over time. We are happy to be here to help our patients adjust to life with dentures. Dentures are not real teeth but should be cared for in the same manner as your natural teeth with regular brushing and cleansing. Please schedule an appointment with us to determine if dentures are the right decision for ensuring a better quality of life for you!