Dr. Tony Porter, DDS
A Great Dentist

What’s the difference between a bridge and an implant?

A bridge is used to replace a missing tooth. A crown (or dental cap) is placed on each tooth on each side next to the missing tooth. A bridge is glued into place and is not removed from your mouth. A dental bridge must be flossed in a special way. It requires the use of additional home care techniques and materials that we will go over with you when you decide to replace your tooth/teeth with a bridge.

A dental implant is a tiny screw that is placed underneath your gums where your tooth is missing to replace the root of the tooth. This substitute tooth root is allowed to heal for a period of time, usually 3-4 months. Once it is healed the dentist will attach a “connector” piece to the implant and then a crown (dental cap) on top of that connector piece. A dental implant does not come in and out of your mouth and feels the most like having your own tooth back in your mouth. A dental implant does not require any special flossing technique.

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UPDATE; 05/04/2020: OUR OFFICE WILL RESUME NON-EMERGENCY DENTAL TREATMENT ON 05/12/2020. Please CLICK HERE  for changes you will see during your visit.

Due to COVID-19, Lyndhurst Dental Associates will be following the guidelines of the ADA and NC Dental Board to ensure the health and safety of our patients and our dental team.

Our office is treating emergencies only during this time. If you have an emergent need, please call the office as we will be staffed appropriately for your dental needs. We will be in the office for limited business hours during this time. If you call after hours or on a weekend and have a true dental emergency, follow the prompts to be directed to the dentist on call. Otherwise, leave a message and we will contact you during normal business hours and an appointment time will then be scheduled.

Our office will be contacting you to reschedule an appointment if you are presently scheduled. We apologize for any inconvenience. We currently plan to reopen Tuesday May 12th, pending any further changes.

We will continue to update you during this time to the best of our ability. Please stay healthy and safe during this time! We look forward to seeing you all again soon.

Sincerely,
Dr. Porter & Dr. Ayuso