Dental Bridges

If you’ve lost one or more teeth due to an accident, injury, decay or gum disease, we can create a permanent bridge to restore your smile. A bridge not only fills the gap, but also prevents repositioning of the remaining teeth. It can also correct a misaligned bite, improve chewing function and speech articulation as well as provide internal structure for the face to give you a more youthful appearance.

A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance that is an excellent way to replace missing teeth. Porcelain fixed bridges are most popular because they resemble your natural teeth. This type of bridge consists of two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to a pontic (artificial tooth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years, however they may need replacement or re-cemented due to normal wear.

Reasons for a fixed bridge:

  • Fill space of missing teeth.
  • Maintain facial shape.
  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
  • Restore chewing and speaking ability.
  • Restore your smile.
  • Upgrade from a removable partial to a permanent dental appliance.

What does getting a fixed bridge involve?

Getting a bridge usually requires two visits. While the teeth are numb, the anchoring teeth are prepared by shaping them to allow for a crown. Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the custom porcelain bridge will be fabricated. In addition, a temporary bridge will be made to cover and protect your teeth until your next appointment.

At the second visit, your permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted and cemented to achieve proper fit. You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will extend the life of your new permanent bridge.

If healthy adjacent abutment teeth aren’t available, a surgically implanted metal post known as a dental implant may offer a solid alternative. For a bridge that replaces many teeth, we may recommend an implant supported prosthesis or removable partial denture.