Bridges

A dental bridge is a fixed, non-removable appliance that fills the space left by missing teeth, with one or more artificial teeth that are anchored to natural teeth. Dental bridges are often great long-term solutions for replacing missing teeth.

Dental bridges are commonly used to not only fill the spaces left by missing teeth but to help keep teeth from becoming misaligned, help maintain facial shape and structure, allow you to speak more clearly. Rather than relying on partial denture bridges or “false teeth”, bridges are an effective way to maintain your beautiful smile.

Dental bridges may be made of porcelain or composite and wire and usually comprise two or more crowns that fit over adjacent anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

To prepare you for your new dental bridge, your dentist will:

  • Making impressions of your teeth
  • Gently shape the teeth and fit the bridge,
  • Replacement teeth (crowns) are created in the lab, matching size, shape, and color of your natural teeth, to act as natural-looking replacements for missing teeth.
  • Installing the crowns adjacent teeth to provide support for the dental bridge,

A portion of the cost of a new dental bridge may be covered by many dental insurance plans. The Smile Center’s patient discount plan provides discounts on bridges, crowns and other dental treatments that replace your teeth and help restore your smile.

Dental bridges are an affordable solution for replacing missing teeth that is far superior to removable dentures. Bridges are adhered to existing teeth, creating a natural-looking replacement for missing teeth.

A “removable dental bridge” is actually a partial denture, which is a removable device that anchors manually to adjacent teeth. Dentures or removable bridges are harder to clean, less stable, less durable, and are non-permanent.

Bridges provide long-term stability and durability and are usually a better choice for patients whose teeth neighboring the missing tooth are relatively healthy.

At the Smile Center Family Dentistry, we will talk with you to determine the best treatment for you for missing teeth, including dental bridges, which are an affordable solution frequently funded by dental insurance plans.

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