A dental bridge is a connecting tooth or teeth used to fill a gap when one or more teeth are missing.  We custom make an artificial set of teeth that look and feel like your own, and then anchor them using your real teeth.  A dental bridge can restore your smile, enable you to effortlessly chew your food, preserve the structure of your face, and stop the rest of your teeth from shifting out of place.

Types of Dental Bridges

Our office offers three types of dental bridges:

  • Traditional Dental Bridges – when we install traditional bridges, we typically create a crown for both teeth that are adjacent to the gap.  Then, a pontic (or artificial tooth) is placed in between.  Traditional bridges are the most common type of dental bridges and are made from sturdy porcelain fused to metal.
  • Cantilever Dental Bridges – these are used when there is only one adjacent tooth available as an anchor.
  • Maryland Bonded Dental Bridges – a Maryland bonded dental bridge, also called a resin-bonded bridge, is made from a polymer shaped to look like real teeth and gums.  This type of dental bridge is also supported by a metal framework.

Process for Getting a Dental Bridge

When you come in for your first visit, we prepare the adjacent teeth (also called the abutment teeth) for the crowns.  Next, we take an impression of your teeth.  This will help ensure that both the adjacent crowns as well as the pontic are precisely manufactured to blend in with the rest of your teeth.  Once a model has been generated, our dental lab will process your custom fitted bridge. While you wait for the finished product, our office will prepare a temporary bridge to wear during the interim period.

At your second visit, we will remove your temporary bridge and begin to verify the fit of the permanent bridge.  Multiple visits may be necessary to ensure a precise and comfortable bite alignment.  Once we are satisfied with the size and shape of the teeth, we will place a temporary cement on the bridge so that you can gauge the overall fit and comfort for approximately two weeks.  After that period, we bring you back for a final appointment to apply the permanent cement.

Cost of Dental Bridges

The price of a dental bridge can vary depending on location and size.  We will work with you to find an effective and affordable solution.  Some insurance providers will fully or partially cover the procedure; we are happy to help guide you through any billing related questions.

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