An Attractive Solution
For Missing Teeth
Missing teeth can make you feel reluctant to smile. If you’re looking to restore one or more missing teeth, we’ll find the solution that’s right for you.
A dental bridge fills the gap in your teeth so you’ll feel confident in your smile again. It also keeps your remaining teeth in place, helping to maintain your alignment and protecting against TMJ issues.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a restoration that includes one or more prosthetic replacement teeth called pontics. A bridge is attached to the natural teeth at each end of the gap using dental crowns. The natural teeth that support a dental crown are referred to as abutment teeth.
Bridges can be made from a variety of materials, including ceramics or porcelain that’s bonded to a metal alloy. Your bridge is designed to blend in perfectly with your smile.
Dental Bridges & Dental Implants
Dental implants are prosthetic teeth that are surgically attached to your jaw. We have dental implant solutions to replace any number of missing teeth. If you’re missing several teeth that are next to each other, we may recommend an implant-supported bridge.
Instead of attaching it to your natural teeth like a regular bridge, an implant-supported bridge is secured using dental implants. This provides additional stability, resulting in outstanding comfort and performance. An implant-supported bridge also enhances your oral health by stimulating essential jawbone growth.
The Dental Bridge Process
When you meet with your dentist for your consultation, she’ll assess your oral condition and go over your treatment options. If you decide to restore your smile with a dental bridge, we can get the process started.
Your dentist will begin by preparing the teeth at each end of the gap for crowns. A small amount of enamel will be removed, allowing the crowns to fit snugly.
We will take a standard impression of the teeth or use the iTero scanner for a digital impression for our lab so they can create your dental bridge. It’s fast, easy to use, and it creates highly-accurate measurements to ensure a perfect fit for your dental bridge.
We’ll then provide you with a temporary bridge to wear until your permanent restoration is ready. In about a week, you can return to our office and we’ll place your permanent restoration. Now you’ll be ready to enjoy your beautiful new smile.
Does Your Dental Bridge Need Repairing?
If you run into any issues with your dental bridge or if it’s causing discomfort, call our office at (850) 878-5186 and we’ll fit you in for an appointment. When a bridge has minor chipping or wear, there’s a good chance it can be repaired. We have repaired or replaced bridges that were originally placed by other dentists.
Dental Bridge FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
Are dental bridges covered by insurance?
Are dental bridges safe?
Yes, dental bridges are safe. We’ll provide a bridge designed to enhance your smile and protect your oral health.
What’s the difference between a temporary and permanent dental bridge?
After your first appointment, we’ll provide a temporary bridge to protect your oral health while your permanent bridge is being made. Then we’ll remove the temporary bridge when we place your permanent bridge.
How long does a dental bridge last?
Dental bridges can last 10 years or longer if they’re well-maintained.
If you’re living with one or more missing teeth, your dentist will find the right solution for your smile. A dental bridge improves your appearance and makes eating and speaking easier.
Give us a call at (850) 878-5186 to learn more about our solutions for restoring your smile. You can also fill out the convenient contact form and we’ll get right back to you.