Dental bridges are prosthodontic restorations designed to serve as replacements for a missing tooth or teeth.

Dental Bridges

They literally bridge the gap created by the loss of one or more teeth. Many clients choose to replace their removable partial dentures with cemented dental bridges because they are more comfortable and provide a more natural appearance.

Clients are typically very happy with the benefits provided by their dental bridges. Some of these benefits include:

  • Restoring your smile
  • Restoring your ability to properly chew and speak
  • Maintaining the shape of your face
  • Proper distribution of the forces in your bite by replacing missing teeth
  • Preventing your remaining teeth from drifting out of position

A traditional dental bridge requires a support system

That is supplied by either crowned teeth or crowned, dental implants. The two supporting teeth or implants are called abutment teeth because they abut or border the gap created by your missing teeth. Natural-looking artificial teeth are custom made to bridge the gap in between. These artificial teeth, called pontics, are constructed from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.

Each dental bridge is custom made

Dr. Becker custom-makes each dental bridge so that it fits snugly and comfortably in your mouth. Your dental bridge will not fall out and you cannot remove it by hand. You will be able to eat, speak, and smile with restored confidence. As with all of Dr. Becker’s cosmetic and restorative procedures, you can expect natural looking results and the highest quality craftsmanship.

Dr. Becker has compiled a list of his most commonly asked questions concerning dental bridges. We hope this section will answer some of your questions and give you a better understanding of what you can expect with this type of dental restoration.

Are There Different Types of Dental Bridges?

Yes, there are three major types of dental bridges:

  • Traditional dental bridges involve creating a dental crown for the tooth or dental implant on either side of the missing tooth, with a natural looking artificial tooth in between. Traditional dental bridges are the most common type of bridge and are made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.
  • Cantilever dental bridges are used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth.
  • Resin-bonded dental bridges are made of plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal framework. Metal wings on each side of the bridge are bonded to your existing teeth. A lot of the older bridges are resin-bonded. Traditional dental bridges are definitely superior.
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    If you have any further questions about dental bridges, please call Dr. Becker’s office at 206.542.4848.

    It is unfortunate when teeth need to be removed. Replacing them with natural looking and functional artificial teeth is usually possible.

    Your New Dental Bridge

    All of the teeth on the dental bridge are made to look separate, even though they are actually a solid structure.