Dear Valued Patient:

We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and all of us are looking forward to resuming our normal habits and routines. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it’s both safe and comfortable. We want to tell you about the infection control procedures we follow in our practice to keep patients and stay safe.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to make sure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agencies’ recommendations.

You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and staff. For example:

- Our office will communicate with you beforehand to ask some screening questions. You'll be asked those same questions again when you are in the office.

- We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.

- You may see that our waiting room will no longer offer magazines, children's toys and so forth, since those items are difficult to clean and disinfect.

- Appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients. That might mean that you're offered fewer options for scheduling your appointment.

- We will do our best to allow greater time between patients to reduce waiting times for you, as well as to reduce the number of patients in the reception area at any one time.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call our office at 704-364-9000. 

Thank you for being our patient. We value your trust and loyalty and look forward to welcoming back our patients, neighbors and friends.

Sincerely,

Dr. Porter and Team

Dental Bridges: Crown-Supported and Implant-Supported Options By Charles A. Porter III, DDS on July 22, 2014

An older woman smiles while relaxing on the floorDr. Charles A. Porter has helped numerous patients in and around Charlotte who are missing teeth. Dr. Porter takes these matters seriously since tooth loss affects dental aesthetics as well as general health. Dental bridges are a solid option for patients missing multiple teeth, and it's a topic we'd like to explore in a little more detail right now.

About Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are dental appliances that help fill the gap that is left behind when a person is missing multiple teeth in a row. The bridges restore the appearance of a smile and also provide full functionality, allowing patients to bite and chew as they normally would.

While dental bridges come in removable form, they can also be held in place by dental implants or dental crowns. These supported forms of dental bridges are more stable than the removable form. Let's now compare implant-supported and crown-supported dental bridges.

Implant Dentistry to Support Dental Bridges

Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are surgically embedded into the root structure and gum tissue of a tooth gap. When dental implants are in place, they can be used to support various kinds of dental appliances.

In addition to providing excellent support for dental bridges, the dental implants will prevent bone loss and gum recession from occurring in the area of the tooth gap. Both of these are serious dental health issues that cannot be addressed without the use of dental implants.

Ideal Candidates for Implant-Supported Dental Bridges

The best candidates for implant-supported dental bridges are people who have sufficient jawbone density and gum tissue density to support the implants. They should be in good overall dental health and have realistic expectations about the months-long healing process involved.

If patients do not have sufficient jawbone or gum tissue density, bone and/or soft tissue grafting procedures can be performed in order to build up these structures. It should be noted that such grafting surgeries will add additional months to the treatment process since the augmented bone or gum tissue must fully heal before progressing with the implant dentistry process.

Dental Crowns to Support Bridges

Crown-supported dental bridges refers to the use of dental crowns placed on teeth adjacent to the tooth gap to support a dental bridge. The dental crowns are caps that fit over a tooth and look totally natural. When a dental bridge is supported by crowns, it essentially means that the bridge and crowns are joined together and span the tooth gap in that way. The crowns on the healthy teeth adjacent to the gap provide an excellent amount of stability.

Ideal Candidates for Crown-Supported Dental Bridges

The best candidates for crown-supported dental bridges are people who have a tooth gap book-ended between healthy, natural teeth. They should be in good overall health and have realistic expectations about the treatment process and what it entails.

Crown-supported dental bridges will require the removal of some healthy tooth structure on the teeth adjacent to the tooth gap. It's important that these matters be taken into account when considering a patient's need for advanced dental care.

Other Options to Address Missing Teeth

If a patient is missing most or all of his or her teeth, a dental bridge will usually not be a good option for care, whether supported by dental implants or crowns. In those cases, the ideal option for treatment will involve the use of a full denture. The full denture may be removable or supported by dental implants.

During your consultation, we will be able to determine the ideal tooth replacement option for you and your dental health needs.

Learn More About Restorative Dentistry

If you are missing teeth and would like to learn more about all of your options for treatment, it's important that you contact our cosmetic and restorative dentistry center today. Dr. Porter will help you get the dental treatment that best meets your needs.

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Charles A. Porter III, DDS

Dr. Porter implements the latest developments and highest standards in dentistry. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including the:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • North Carolina Dental Society 

To schedule your consultation, contact our Charlotte office online or call us at (704) 364-9000.

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