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Dental Bridge – Plymouth, MA

“Bridge” the Gap Between Your Teeth

If you have lost a tooth or two, you may be embarrassed by that empty space. You might even find it difficult to enjoy certain foods. You may benefit from a dental bridge. This type of restoration can close the gap between your remaining natural teeth, prevent future dental problems, and provide you with sturdy function. If you believe a dental bridge may benefit you, or if you would simply like to learn more about this service, contact Aveni Dental Professionals to schedule a consultation.

Why Choose Aveni Dental for Dental Bridges?

What Is a Dental Bridge?

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There are several types of dental bridges. The most common type, a traditional bridge, is a three-part prosthetic. It has a crown on each end, which get placed over the teeth that are next to the empty space (the abutment teeth). The crowns support a pontic (an artificial tooth) that “bridges” the gap. In some cases, multiple pontics may be between the crowns.

We usually recommend all-porcelain bridges because they closely resemble natural teeth. However, it is also possible to construct bridges out of various metals, such as gold or silver.

How Do Dental Bridges Work?

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In order to place a dental bridge, we must first prepare the abutment teeth. This requires that we file them down so they fit well beneath their crowns. Then, we take impressions of those teeth, as well as of the surrounding teeth and the opposing teeth. We send those impressions, along with detailed notes about the desired color and construction of the bridge, to a dental laboratory. While the laboratory works to create the restoration, you will wear a temporary restoration to protect the abutment teeth. Once the bridge is ready, we cement it into place.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

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A traditional dental bridge offers some significant benefits:

Is a Dental Bridge Right for Me?

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If you have lost 1 – 3 teeth in a row, and the nearby teeth are strong enough to support a bridge, this treatment may work well for you. However, Dr. Aveni might suggest that you consider an implant-supported bridge (or implant-supported crown) instead. An implant-supported bridge does not require that the abutment teeth be filed down, and it provides more long term benefits than its traditional counterpart. After you learn about the pros and cons of each treatment option, you can make the decision that fits best with your unique circumstances.

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