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Dental Bridges – Green Hills, TN

Fill the Gap Created by Missing Teeth

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The human mouth is a fascinating and intricate part of our bodies. Every little structure is interconnected, so much so that if even one tooth goes missing, it can have unfortunate consequences for other aspects of your health. That’s why it’s important to get your missing teeth replaced as soon as you can. Here at Green Hills Dental Center, we offer an easy way to do just that with a treatment called dental bridges. Dr. James Kirby can use a bridge to replace up to three consecutive missing teeth at once. To learn more about how a dental bridge in Green Hills can benefit your smile, call us today!

What Are Dental Bridges?

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There are a few different types of bridges, but they’re all designed to literally “bridge” the gap left behind in your smile by tooth loss. These prosthetics work well to replace several missing teeth in a row.

Traditional dental bridges, the most common type, consist of two dental crowns that are placed over the teeth next to the gap in your smile (known as abutment teeth). One or more artificial teeth (called pontics) are suspended in between them to complete your smile and give you full chewing and speaking power again. This type of bridge is typically quite attractive and can last for several years.

We also offer implant-retained bridges. A small titanium post is placed at either end of your gap to support the bridge crowns without putting any stress on your natural teeth. Bridges secured by dental implants are often sturdier and longer lasting than the traditional variety.

Dr. Kirby will examine your mouth and determine which option is best for you.

The Process of Getting a Dental Bridge

diagram of dental bridge being placed in mouth

Traditional bridges take a couple of appointments to place. During the first visit, we file down your abutment teeth so there is room to place crowns over them. Then, we take impressions of your mouth to send to a dental lab. While they craft your restoration, we place a temporary bridge to protect your gums and teeth. You’ll return a few weeks later to receive your permanent bridge.

For implant-retained bridges, we’ll refer you to a specialist to place the implants. They’ll fuse with your jawbone over three to six months. After this process is complete, you’ll come back to our office and receive your bridge, which should last for years to come.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

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Dental bridges are one of the easiest ways to replace missing teeth in Green Hills. Some of their advantages include:

  • Preventing surrounding teeth from drifting out of place
  • Evenly distributing the force of your bite
  • Restoring your ability to smile confidently, speak clearly, and chew your favorite foods easily
  • Being able to last 10-15 years with proper maintenance