A bridge is a prosthetic replacement of one or more missing teeth; a so-called false tooth, or teeth, bridging the gap between your natural teeth. Unlike a partial denture, a bridge is not removable as it is anchored, or fixed, to your teeth. This makes a bridge a functional and natural looking replacement option for your missing teeth. A dental bridge is a great way to improve appearance of your smile, reinforce structural integrity of your teeth, improve your ability to chew food and prevent gum disease around the area of the missing tooth or teeth. The process of getting a bridge will require two visits to our office. On the first visit we will prepare your teeth for a bridge (shaping the teeth), make a mold, or impression, of the teeth that will be in the bridge and then fit you with a temporary bridge. The mold will then be used to make your permanent bridge. On your second visit we will remove the temporary bridge and fit you with your permanent bridge. There are different types of bridges available and we will discuss the styles and advantages of each of those and how they relate to your specific dental needs.
About Dr. Efird
Dr. Jeff Efird has practiced dentistry for over 20 years. His love and respect for the dental profession continues to grow as he sees patients positively affected by proper oral health and quality treatment under his care. Dr. Efird understands a relationship with a dentist is a lifelong endeavor and values the respect and trust his patients extend.
Dr. Efird began his training as an undergraduate at UNC Chapel Hill. He attained a degree in chemistry before continuing his education and graduating from the University of North Carolina School of Dentistry in 1987.
Dedicated to expanding his own knowledge and that of his practice, Dr. Efird has completed over 1000 hours of continuing education since graduating from dental school. Over the last decade he has focused most of his education of advanced restorative techniques and implant restorative solutions. Much of the training has been associated with the renowned Spear Education center in Scottsdale.
A member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, North Carolina Dental Society, and Buncombe County Dental Society, Dr. Efird is committed to providing outstanding quality care to patients in Western North Carolina. He lives in Asheville with his wife and son, and loves to fish and build handcrafted boats.