A dental bridge is designed to fill in or ‘bridge’ the gap left by missing teeth. To do this, it is held in place by crowns that are fitted over the teeth adjacent to the gap. Bridge teeth are a very effective way of affordably replacing missing teeth. Once the dental bridge is in place, it can only be removed by our local dentist.
When Should I Consider Having a Dental Bridge?
It’s worth considering a tooth bridge if you lose one or more teeth due to disease or trauma. For example, if a tooth becomes so badly decayed that our dentist cannot save it, it will need to be removed. The same goes if you have toothache due to a very bad infection. Sometimes a particularly severe infection can only be cleared up by removing the tooth. A blow to the mouth can substantially damage a tooth, and a badly cracked tooth may not be repairable.
We never carry out a tooth extraction where there is a possibility of saving the tooth. Removing one of your natural teeth is always our very last choice of treatment here at Avery’s Creek Family Dentistry.
How Will a Dental Bridge Help Me?
Bridge teeth will help restore your smile and your ability to speak and eat properly. We will make sure your bridge is properly designed to complement your facial features. It will restore your appearance and will help maintain the shape of your face. This is especially important where multiple teeth are missing, as the muscles in your cheeks and lips need to be properly supported to prevent them from sinking inwards.
What Are the Advantages of Having a Dental Bridge?
Your new bridge will help maintain your existing teeth. This is because it will spread the forces created during chewing and biting, preventing any excess wear and tear on your natural teeth. Your tooth bridge will also help prevent your natural teeth from drifting out-of-place. Whenever you lose even a single tooth, it can have a destabilizing effect on your remaining teeth so it’s always important to think about replacing it. A bridge can be a very good solution if the teeth adjacent to the gap could really do with crowns. This might be the case if these teeth are already decayed or broken down but are still generally strong. Protecting these teeth with crowns will help restore their strength and appearance.
Is There Any Disadvantage to Having a Dental Bridge?
One thing remember about this treatment is that the teeth adjacent to the gap will be ground down and shaped. This will create sufficient room for the dental crowns so they will not look and feel too bulky. If these teeth are strong and nicely shaped then our dentist will still need to remove perfectly healthy tooth structure. Once a tooth is crowned, it will always need to be protected in this way.
Is Everyone Suitable for This Treatment?
Not everyone will be able to have a dental bridge as the teeth adjacent to the gap need to be strong enough to support it. If these adjacent teeth, called abutment teeth are quite weak, they may be unsuitable for the crowns used to support a bridge. If this is the case, please don’t worry as there will be another solution we can use to replace your missing teeth. Our dentist can discuss all possible options including dentures and dental implants.
There are lots of different ways we can use dental implants to replace any missing teeth, so if you are interested in this option then please give us a call here at Avery’s Creek Family Dentistry. Our local dentist can take you through all the options available to you.
Are There Different Types of Dental Bridges?
Yes, as there are several different types of dental bridges that are suitable in specific situations. Your choice includes traditional bridges, cantilever bridges and Maryland bridges, or a dental bridge supported by dental implants.
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Dental Bridges from Avery’s Creek Family Dentistry are easy and painless.

Traditional Bridge
A traditional bridge is supported by crowns on either side of the gap. The crowns are attached to replacement teeth and each of these teeth is called a Pontic. This type of restoration is very stable.
Cantilever Bridge
We can sometimes use a cantilever bridge if abutment teeth are only present on one side of the gap. This type of bridge will still be very strong and stable, but we may design the Pontic tooth so it doesn’t quite come into contact with the opposing teeth. Designing the tooth in this way will help minimize the forces created during chewing and the stresses on adjacent teeth.
Maryland Bridge
You may hear this kind of bridge being referred to as a resin-bonded bridge or a Rochette bridge. It is only used to replace front teeth and consists of wings that are bonded onto the inner surfaces of the adjacent teeth and which support the Pontic. A Maryland bridge can look very good but it cannot withstand significant biting forces. This type of bridge may occasionally come loose and will need to be re-bonded in place. We might use this type of bridge as a temporary measure, for example during dental implant treatment. The bridge will remain in place until the implant is ready to be restored with a crown.
What about Using Dental Implants to Support Bridges?
If you have a significant number of missing teeth or have even lost all the teeth in your upper or lower jaw, then dental implants are worth considering. We can use several optimally placed dental implants to support a bridge replacing missing teeth in the same area of your mouth. There is certainly no need to use a single implant post to replace every single missing tooth. With an implant supported bridge, the bridge can be cemented or screwed in place. It might sound strange to think about your teeth being screwed into position, but this can sometimes be a good choice as the bridge is easily retrievable. If it needs cleaning or any other kind of maintenance, our dentist can remove it without damaging it.
What Materials Are Used to Make Bridges?
Bridges can be made from a number of different materials. One solution is to have an all metal bridge that will be made from a metal alloy that is polished up to a high sheen. Another option is to use a metal alloy substructure that is covered up with tooth-colored porcelain. This is a much more aesthetically pleasing choice as the porcelain will blend in with your natural teeth. If aesthetics are important to you, it’s worth considering an all-ceramic bridge. This is entirely metal free and will look amazingly natural. An all-ceramic bridge generally has a substructure made from zirconia which is an incredibly strong white or tooth colored material. Advanced porcelain are added onto the zirconia to create a natural tooth shape. Zirconia is strong enough to support even full arch bridges.
What Is the Procedure for Having a Dental Bridge?
This treatment is very straightforward. The abutment teeth will be prepared by our dentist using local anesthetic to keep you comfortable. Preparation will involve removing some natural tooth structure to create sufficient room for the crown to be placed over the tooth. Next, we will take highly detailed dental impression of your mouth. This is sent to our dental laboratory so they can fabricate your new bridge to our exact design and specification. It generally takes a couple of weeks for a tooth bridge to be hand crafted. During this time your teeth will be protected with a temporary bridge.
Dental Bridge from Avery's Creek Family Dentistry.

Dr. examining a patients Bridge.

Fitting Your New Bridge
Your new bridge will be fitted during your second visit and adjusted as required. Once we are happy with its fit and appearance, it will be permanently fixed onto your teeth. Occasionally we may use temporary cement to hold a dental bridge in place, just to make sure you are happy with it before it is permanently cemented in position. Like any new type of restoration, your bridge might feel a little strange initially. After it has been in place for a day or two, you should find it looks and feels very natural.
How Should I Look after My Bridge?
Our best dentist can give you lots of advice on how to look after your bridge. It’s important to make sure you brush twice daily and that you floss around the abutment teeth to keep them healthy and strong. Don’t forget to come and see us every six months or so for your dental checkups and hygiene appointments. All these things will help your bridge last longer. Generally, your new bridge teeth should last for 10 years or more.
Don’t forget, dental bridges are just one of the many dental services we offer here at Avery’s Creek Family Dentistry. Whatever your family’s dental needs, we can help you. To find out more about our bridges or to book an appointment with an affordable dentist, Call Us Today on (828) 676-2144.
Avery’s Creek Family Dentistry serves Avery’s Creek, Arden, Ashville, Oak Park, Fletcher, Royal Pines, Biltmore Park, Biltmore Forest, Bent Creek, Fairview, Beaverdam, Candler, Naples, Mills River, Enka Village, Woodside Hills and the Buncombe County area.
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Summary
Dental Bridge
Service Type
Dental Bridge
Provider Name
Avery's Creek Family Dentistry,
Area
Avery’s Creek, Arden, Asheville, Oak Park, Fletcher, Royal Pines, Biltmore Park, Biltmore Forest, Bent Creek, Fairview, Beaverdam, Candler, Naples, Mills River, Enka Village, Woodside Hills and the Buncombe County area.
Description
A dental bridge is an easy and effective way to fill in any gaps in your smile. The bridge is anchored in place by crowns fitted over the teeth adjacent to the gap, creating a strong and stable restoration.

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