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Permanent and Temporary Dental Bridges


If you are missing a tooth or series of teeth, an all-porcelain dental bridge may offer the ideal solution. We place dental bridges that provide a natural appearance, reduce a your risk of gum disease, and correct speech and bite difficulties. In addition, dental bridges eliminate the possibility that your remaining teeth will shift to fill the gap left by a missing tooth.

What is a Dental Bridge?

Dental bridges consist of a custom-made false tooth supported on either side by one or two porcelain crowns or composite bonding material. The dental bridge is used to aesthetically eliminate the gap left by a missing tooth, giving the patient a decade or more of comfortable wear and beautiful smiles.

Types of Dental Bridges

There are several types of dental bridges, each chosen according to your needs and the location of the missing tooth:

  • With a traditional fixed bridge, the replacement tooth is held in place by two crowns, and the bridge is only removable by a dentist.
  • A resin-bonded bridge is ideal for front teeth and in situations when the surrounding teeth are healthy, with no large fillings.
  • Cantilever dental bridges are used when there are teeth on only one side of the gap.

The Placement of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges, regardless of type, are placed in two visits. In your first appointment, we will prepare the teeth surrounding the gap, take an impression, and place a temporary bridge. The impression is used as a guide for the crafting of the bridge’s false tooth and crowns. You will wear the temporary bridge until your next appointment, during which your permanent bridge will be cemented into place, fitted, checked, and adjusted.

With us, you can be sure that all the dental bridges we place are long-wearing, completely natural-looking, and comfortable. To learn more about the advantages of dental bridges, contact our office today.

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