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Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges Treatments

Missing teeth can make your life more difficult – from chewing and speaking, and compounded issues over time. Missing teeth can lead to gum disease and an altered bite that can cause TMJ issues. But you don’t have to live with missing teeth. SmileCare Dental has many options for correcting your smile, including dental bridges.

Bridges are a great way to correct a gap caused by a missing tooth or teeth. Dr. Kay will recommend what she thinks is best to ensure you have the healthiest smile possible.

Bridges connect the gap where the missing tooth or teeth used to be. They are cemented to the teeth adjacent, using these teeth as anchors for the bridge. We will shape and prepare the adjacent teeth and cap them with a crown, and then attach the replacement tooth or teeth to form a bridge.

Dental Bridges' Types

There are different types of bridges, depending on your needs.

Traditional Dental Bridges

A traditional dental bridge is the most common. A crown will be created on either side of the missing tooth (or teeth) and the replacement tooth will sit in between. The bridge is made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramic.

Implant Supported Bridges

Implant supported bridges are used when you are missing more than one tooth. We will place a dental implant in your gum and then use the implant to permanently cement the bridgework. The implants also work to simulate tooth roots, which can maintain the integrity of the jawbone.

Dental bridges offer several benefits

Restore Teeth Function

They restore the ability to chew and speak properly, helping to restore the teeth fundamental functions.

Reduce Stress on teeth

They ensure the force of your bite is distributed evenly to alleviate stress on the other teeth and prevent fracture.

Prevent Shifting

They prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of their correct positions.


What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is exactly what its name implies – dental crowns are used to bridge the gap between missing teeth.

Do I need to worry about missing teeth?

It’s always a good idea to have missing teeth replaced in order to maintain good oral health and the integrity of your smile. If there are spaces in your mouth left by missing teeth, your other teeth will have the tendency to drift into those places, which can alter your bite and lead to issues such as TMJ pain and fractured teeth.

Who can benefit from dental bridges?

Complications from bridges are rare, so most dental patients who have missing teeth can benefit from dental bridges. If the surrounding teeth that will serve as the support are healthy and you have healthy gums, you can benefit from a dental bridge.

How do I care for my dental bridge?

You care for your bridge the same way you care for your natural teeth – brush at least twice daily, floss daily, and maintain a healthy diet and regular visits with your dentist.

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