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Dental Bridges

Several consecutive missing teeth can not only make you self-conscious but also impact your ability to eat and speak.

A dental bridge can fill in the gap caused by missing teeth to give you a functional and beautiful smile once more. 

Our team of dentists at South Point Family Dental in Belmont, NC, can restore your oral health and function with a custom dental bridge. 

What Is a Dental Bridge?

Traditional Bridge

Also known as a fixed bridge, a traditional dental bridge consists of dental crowns placed on two abutment teeth that support the artificial tooth, called a pontic. Our crowns and pontics are custom-crafted with zirconia to look like natural teeth and blend in seamlessly with your smile. 

Implant-Supported Bridge

Your dental bridge can also be supported with dental implants paired with crown restorations. Dental implants and crowns act as the abutment teeth to support the pontic. Dental implants replace the entire tooth structure, and are the most comprehensive form of restoration.

A Closer Look at a Traditional Dental Bridge

A traditional bridge fills gaps left between tooth loss and is supported by crowns placed on natural teeth

Dental Care to Fit Your Needs

At South Point Family Dental in Belmont, NC, we understand that dental issues can be embarrassing and overwhelming. Our dentistry practice offers flexible appointments from 7:00am -7:00pm as well as Saturday appointments, with three dentists to treat your needs. Dr. Gary McCord, Dr. Christopher Maino, and Dr. Ashley Starr provide a range of dental treatments including full mouth reconstruction, general dentistry such as cleanings and root canals, and cosmetic dentistry options.

Not sure if a dental bridge is right for you? Call or contact us to request an initial consultation today.

(704) 825-5111


See What Our Belmont Patients Say About Our Dental Practice 5-Star Reviews


Tonya Bumgardner


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Top notch! Been going to this office for many years. Referred my friends and family as well! Dr. McCord and his staff are very friendly and personable! They take the time to get to know you and care about you as a person. Not only do they go the extra mile to take care of your dental needs, but your overall well-being! They go above and beyond! Love it here!!!

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Karen Hatcher


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Thanks so much to the entire team at South Point Family Dentistry. My mom's experience has been nothing short of amazing! The competence exhibited together with the compassion shown was wonderful. I will forever be grateful!

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Tooth Loss Is Common

Many patients feel embarrassed about tooth loss, but it is more common than you may think, affecting about 178 million Americans. Common causes of tooth loss include:

Oral Health Issues

Gum disease and tooth decay can easily lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Oral health issues like these can be caused by poor oral hygiene, genetics, health issues, and even certain medications. 

Dental Trauma

Dental trauma and injuries can cause damage that leaves the tooth unable to be saved, even with prompt dental care. A damaged tooth may fall out on its own or may require an extraction. 

Implants Replace the Entire Tooth The Bone-Saving Benefits of Dental Implants

Even a single missing tooth can cause the jawbone to begin to atrophy, as the bone requires stimulation from the tooth roots. Dental implants prevent this recession. Implants are titanium posts that are surgically placed directly into the jaw. The implants fuse to the jawbone in a process called osseointegration and act as prosthetic tooth roots, providing the jaw with the stimulation it needs. Implants are the only proven dental treatment that can stop or prevent jaw bone deterioration, saving you from needing bone grafting later. 

During your initial consultation, your dentist can discuss the benefits of dental implants, and help you decide if an implant-supported bridge is the right choice for you. 

Financing Available

At our Belmont dentistry practice, we want all patients to have access to proper dental care. We accept most insurance plans to reduce or eliminate out-of-pocket costs. For those without insurance or who need help with the costs insurance might not cover, we accept CareCredit® financing. 

Dental Bridge Treatment

The timeline for dental bridge placement varies due to each patient's unique dental needs. However, you should expect multiple appointments before treatment is complete.

With proper care, cleaning, and regular dental exams, your dental bridge can last for up to 10 years or more.
With proper care, cleaning, and regular dental exams, your dental bridge can last for up to 10 years or more.

Initial Consultation

During your initial consultation, your dentist will examine your mouth and discuss your oral health history and goals to determine if a dental bridge is the right treatment for you. Some patients may require preparatory treatments such as extractions or periodontal treatment before their dental bridge can be placed. Extractions may require a few weeks of healing time. Finally, if you and your dentist decide that an implant-supported dental bridge is the best option for you, you will need implant placement surgery as well as six to nine months of healing time to allow the implants to fuse to the jawbone.

Tooth Preparation

Fixed bridges require the abutment teeth be reshaped to allow the crowns to fit properly on the tooth structure. This also ensures that your bridge will blend seamlessly with your natural teeth. The area is numbed with a local anesthetic to ensure you are completely comfortable during treatment. 


Next, your dentist will take impressions of your mouth. These impressions are sent to our trusted lab which will craft your custom dental bridge. Turn around time is about two to three weeks, but your dentist will place a temporary bridge while you wait. 

Permanent Bridge

When your permanent bridge arrives at our Belmont, NC, dentistry practice, you will have an appointment to have it placed. Your dentist will ensure that your dental bridge fits and functions properly before he or she permanently bonds it into place. 

See How Dental Bridges Are Placed 

With traditional bridges, the anchoring teeth are reshaped to allow the crowns to fit properly. The crowns act as support for the pontic which fills in the gap caused by missing teeth. Together, the crowns and pontic form your custom dental bridge. Our Belmont dentistry practice uses high-quality zirconia for our restorations. This is shade-matched to ensure that your dental bridge blends in seamlessly and is natural-looking. 

Is a Dental Bridge Right For Me?

While a dental bridge is a great option to replace missing teeth, it is not right for everyone. If you have more than four consecutive missing teeth or several areas of missing teeth, dentures may be a better option for you. Dentures can be full or partial depending on your needs. Dentures can also be implant-supported for maximum stability and bone-saving benefits. 

More 5-Star Reviews From Our Belmont Patients


Timothy Mikels


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Dr. McCord and his team are like visiting family. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming. It's not like the old days when people dreaded going to the dentist. I would suggest for anyone to check them out and like me they will make you feel like part of their family! Dr McCord and his staff are talented and I have all the confidence they have the best interest in mind for me and my dental needs!!!

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Lavare Seltun


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Dr. McCord and staff are truly the best! I cannot say enough about the dental care he has provided to my family over the years. I always get compliments about my smile, and it is definitely because of the great care he has provided. He always goes above and beyond! Thank you so much for being the best at what you do!

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South Point Family Dentistry

Drs. Gary McCord, Christopher Maino, Ashley Starr, Dr. James Clark, and Dr. Matthew Rodda are highly trained dentists who combine advanced training and compassionate care to help patients of all ages achieve healthy, beautiful smiles. They are affiliated with prestigious organizations, including:

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

We work with most insurance plans and offer financing. To visit our office, request an appointment online or call us at (704) 825-5111.

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