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Dental Bridges


A bridge is a fixed prosthetic that can be an effective solution in cases of partial tooth loss. It is exactly as the name suggests, a “bridge” that replaces lost teeth between your remaining strong ones. However, in order to qualify for a dental bridge, you must have remaining teeth that are strong enough to support it. If you do, we will place dental crowns on these teeth so they can serve as anchors. Essentially, your remaining teeth provide the support necessary for ensuring your new tooth or teeth stay in place. This is the most durable, non-surgical solution you can get to replace a missing tooth, because it is firmly attached. Many of our patients prefer this as an alternative to partial dentures, while being less invasive than implants.

If you’re missing one or two teeth in a row, a dental bridge is a natural looking, more secure and permanent alternative to wearing partial dentures.

Dental Bridge vs Partial Dentures

If you have just one or two missing teeth in a row, and the teeth on either side of the gap are healthy, then a dental bridge is a good option to consider. Because dental bridges are commonly cemented in place, you do not need to worry about your bridge falling out or becoming dislodged when you eat or speak. If your teeth cannot support a bridge, or you are missing more than a few teeth, a partial denture may be recommended instead. Partial dentures are a removable dental appliance which rests on the gums and uses clips to attach to the adjacent teeth. They can be customized to the size, shape, and color of your natural teeth. However, they cannot be worn overnight and must be taken out and cleaned daily.

What to Expect from the Bridge Procedure

We will begin the process by conducting a thorough examination and taking digital X-rays. We need to determine whether your remaining teeth are strong enough to support a dental bridge. We also need to check for any decay or infections. If you do have an issue, we will treat the problem before placing your bridge. Afterward, we will prepare your abutment teeth (two adjacent teeth that hold the bridge) for the placing of dental crowns. We remove a small portion of the enamel from around the teeth. Next, we will take measurements, make an impression, and use a shade card to determine what shade your new teeth need to be. This information will all be sent to the dental lab to create your new crowns and bridge. In the meantime, we will place a temporary bridge in your mouth. This will not look as good or be as secure as the final product, but it will preserve your appearance while you wait.

Once your new bridge is ready, you will need to come back to our office so we can remove the temporary bridge and bond the new one in place. We may need to make some minor adjustments during the fitting process and will do what is necessary to ensure that it fits correctly, is comfortable, and looks natural. Taking the time to do so will help you to enjoy your new teeth now and in the future.



Why is a dental bridge necessary?
There are several reasons to get a dental bridge, including restoring the appearance of your smile; giving you the ability to eat and speak normally; preserving the shape and structure of your face; and preventing pressure and wear on your remaining teeth.

Will my dental bridge look natural?
Absolutely! We will take every step necessary to ensure they look natural and fit perfectly. We begin by taking accurate measurements and also matching the shade of your prosthetic with your surrounding natural teeth. If your other teeth are stained or yellow, now is an excellent time to whiten them since we will create your new teeth using materials that are both resistant to stain and bleach.

How long does a dental bridge last?
The duration of a dental bridge is different for everyone and is impacted by your daily habits. However, fixed dental bridges can last for 15 years or even longer. On the short end, they tend to last for five years. One thing to keep in mind is that the overall health of your mouth will influence the longevity of your bridge. Since the natural teeth with dental crowns determine the stability of the bridge, you must keep your natural teeth healthy. We recommend getting a teeth cleaning and dental exam twice a year. We can remove built-up plaque to prevent decay and infections. If you develop any oral health problems, we will address them immediately so your mouth can remain in excellent health.

Will getting a dental bridge be uncomfortable?
We can provide you with anesthesia to help you remain comfortable while getting your new dental bridge. The only time anesthesia may be necessary is when we are preparing your teeth or when we are securing your bridge in place. Feel free to let us know how you are feeling about the procedure and we will help you to relax.


Book an Appointment

Find out if you’re a good candidate for a dental bridge – a natural-looking, more secure alternative to partial dentures. Schedule an Appointment today to discuss your options!

Call Village Parkway Dental at 972-221-8724


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