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Dental Bridge


Dental Bridge held in hand at LakeView Dental Arts
It is an unfortunate fact, but tooth loss is a part of life for many people. Luckily, we offer several options for tooth replacement to get your smile back on track. If you leave tooth loss untreated, you will eventually experience future complications. Your remaining teeth will compensate for the open space, causing misalignments with your bite. For patients who are missing one or more adjacent teeth, LakeView Dental Arts may recommend a dental bridge as a possible solution.

What Is a Dental Bridge?


Dental bridges are made to replace one or more missing teeth. The appliance literally “bridges” the gap created by the missing teeth. In general, there are four types of bridges:
•  Traditional Bridge—A traditional bridge consists of two dental crowns, which are connected by a pontic, or false tooth. The dental crowns are anchored to two teeth, also known as abutments, which surround the open space. These teeth must be completely reshaped to properly accommodate the crowns.
•  ;Cantilever Bridge—This bridge is much less common than it once was, due to technological advancements in dental implants. A cantilever bridge is supported by a single abutment rather than one on both sides. Cantilever bridges may lead to complications, such as fractured teeth or loosened crowns, which is why their popularity has significantly dropped.
•  Maryland Bridge—A Maryland bridge is considered a conservative alternative to traditional bridges because the pontic is held in place by a metal or porcelain framework. This means your adjacent teeth do not need to be reshaped. Maryland bridges are typically not as durable as other options, especially under strong bite pressures.
•  Implant-Supported Bridges—Implant-supported bridges are the ideal solution for patients missing more than one tooth. Instead of teeth, we use dental implants to support the bridge. Implants serve as the root component of a prosthetic tooth. They offer superior strength, durability, and longevity over other options.

Bridge Procedure


The procedure for a traditional bridge is broken up into several appointments. During your first visit, Dr. Walmsley will prepare your abutment teeth for the crowns. The enamel will be completely reshaped. After we have reshaped your teeth, we will make an impression of the area, to be sent off to the lab, where they will fabricate your final restoration. In most cases, you will receive a temporary bridge while we wait for them to make your final one.

During your second visit, Dr. Walmsley will remove the temporary, and check the margins of your final bridge. We may need to make some last-minute adjustments to achieve the proper fit. Once everything is perfect, Dr. Walmsley will permanently cement the bridge into place.

Caring for Your Bridge


The most important thing you can do is keep your remaining teeth healthy and strong, especially your abutment teeth. The success of your bridge depends on it. Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day, floss regularly and use an antiseptic mouthwash. To clean in-between the bridge and your gums, you will have to use a special floss or brush. Dr. Walmsley will show you how to properly maintain your bridge at your final appointment.

Schedule Your Appointment


If you are missing one or more teeth, call (865) 248-2199, and schedule your appointment today!
Conveniently Located
Up the hill from Food City
in Ladd Landing, Kingston
Address
1011 Waterford Place
Kingston, TN 37763-2686
LakeView Dental Arts | www.anewsmile.net | (865) 248-2199
1011 Waterford Place, Kingston TN 37763
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