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Dental Bridges – Harrisonburg, VA

Bridging Your Grin’s Gaps

While losing one tooth is bad, losing several is worse. The new smile gaps draw more attention and cause severe oral issues. If the missing teeth were adjacent, though, a dental bridge would solve things. This device will fill your grin's gaps all at once! To get one, you just need to see Drs. DeNicola and Khanna at our office. As for the other details, keep reading or book a consultation today!

What is a Dental Bridge?

A hand holding a dental bridge

Put simply, a dental bridge is a kind of restoration. It’s typically made of dental materials fused to either side of a pontic (i.e., replacement tooth). To secure itself, it often clasps onto nearby teeth for support.

Overall, the best bridge candidates lack several teeth in a row. Such patients can often restore their smiles with a single treatment. That said, most adults with decent oral health can qualify for a bridge. The item doesn’t have strict requirements.

The Types of Dental Bridges

A dental technician working on a dental bridge

Before you get a dental bridge, you’ll need to consult our dentists. They’ll closely assess you to see if the procedure might help. If they approve, they’ll draft a custom treatment plan that meets your needs.

Based on our team’s findings, we’ll suggest one of two possible bridges. These types are the following:

Traditional Dental Bridge

A 3D illustration of a traditional dental bridge

Per its name, the traditional bridge is the most popular kind. It uses two crowns fused to a replacement tooth. As such, it relies on nearby natural teeth – “abutments” – to stabilize itself.

Notably, the traditional bridge is the less expensive type. In exchange, a dentist must alter your tooth structure to place it. The process requires that they remove some enamel from the abutments.

Implant Bridge

A 3D illustration of an implant dental bridge

Unlike a normal one, the implant bridge uses dental implants. The latter restorations are set in your jawbone and slowly fuse with it. Therefore, this bridge remains firmly rooted and stable. It won’t dislodge or loosen like other prosthetics can.

Given its nature, an implant bridge won’t alter your tooth structure. It doesn’t rely on abutments that need “prepping.” However, this bridge can often be expensive as a result.

The Benefits of Getting a Dental Bridge

An elderly dental patient looking at his teeth in a hand mirror

No matter the kind, a dental bridge has many benefits. The most common ones are:

  • A Lifelike Smile – Since they use porcelain, dental bridges blend seamlessly with your other teeth. Your peers likely won’t even notice you have one!
  • Straighter Teeth – A dental bridge fills your smile gaps, so it stops nearby teeth from shifting. In other words, it keeps your other pearly whites straight.
  • High Confidence – By restoring your smile, a dental bridge can boost your confidence. You’ll then feel more relaxed among friends and family.
  • Long-Lasting Results – On average, a dental bridge lasts 15 years or so. An implant bridge can have an even longer lifespan with proper care.

If you’ve lost several adjacent teeth, a dental bridge would help. Therefore, book a consultation with our office! We’re ready and excited to make your grin whole again.