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If you ever had a tooth pulled that was unsalvageable, you know how embarrassing a gap in your teeth can be.

What Are Dental Bridges?

A dental bridge/tooth bridge is a false tooth (or pontic) anchored to the healthy abutment teeth on either side of the gap.

What to Expect

  • Three 1-hour appointments

What Can a Dental Bridge Do for Me?

When you have a missing tooth or several missing teeth in a row, you probably want to consider your tooth replacement options. A dental bridge is a great choice for people who cannot get dental implants or tolerate surgical procedures. 

Dental bridges allow you to:

  • Chew properly
  • Speak clearly
  • Maintain your youthful face shape
  • Feel confident about your smile again
  • Prevent other teeth from moving

The Dental Crown Process

  • First Visit

    At your first dental appointment, your dentist helps you determine which type of crown is the best option to replace missing teeth.

    • A traditional dental bridge stays in place by crowns on the adjoining teeth.
    • A Maryland bridge uses a metal or porcelain framework to hold the false tooth to the healthy teeth.
    • A cantilever dental bridge could work if there is only one natural tooth beside the missing tooth for an anchor.

    Your dentist then prepares the healthy teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth for crowns. They provide any medical advice you may need. Then it’s time for an impression or a 3D laser scan of your mouth and a temporary dental bridge.

  • Second Visit

    Two weeks later, at your second appointment, the dentist tires out the bridge framework in your mouth. You may need an x-ray. The dentist also takes pictures to help design your new bridge to look like your natural teeth.

  • Third Visit

    At your final appointment, the dentist fits your bridge and makes sure it looks great, feels comfortable, and functions well. You may have another x-ray to be sure the bridge fits properly. If you are getting a removable dental bridge, you’re all set. If you are having a fixed bridge or permanent bridge placed, the dentist then adheres the bridge to the teeth with dental cement.