More than leaving unsightly holes in your smile, missing teeth can actually affect your entire facial appearance and overall oral health. At Brite Smiles Dental Care in Apple Valley, Minnesota, Dennis Simmons, DDS, and his associates provide their patients with high-quality, state-of-the-art bridges to fill in the holes in their smiles and restore their oral health. By choosing our dental practice for your bridge treatment, you can trust that you are receiving the highest quality care from a team of skilled and compassionate professionals. We are dedicated to helping our patients achieve healthy, beautiful smiles that they can be proud of. To learn more about what a bridge can do for you, schedule a visit today by calling the office or booking online.

Bridges Q & A

What is a dental bridge?

A bridge is a classic solution for tooth replacement. It’s an oral prosthetic composed of an artificial tooth, called a “pontic,” that is attached to a crown on either side.

Dental bridges are typically made from durable materials such as porcelain, ceramic, or metal and can be customized to match the color and shape of your existing teeth for a natural-looking appearance. The crowns are affixed to the natural teeth next to your missing tooth, effectively “bridging” the space between teeth. If your surrounding teeth can’t support crowns, alternative options might work.

Why do I need to replace missing teeth?

A missing tooth leaves an empty space in your smile, and your remaining natural teeth can begin to drift into the opening.

This shifting in your teeth can change your bite, leading to excessive wear and tear on your remaining teeth and putting you at a higher risk for developing TMJ disorder, a painful condition that affects your jaw. Overall, a missing tooth may seem like a minor issue, but it can have significant consequences for your oral health and overall well-being. It is important to address a missing tooth as soon as possible to prevent these potential problems and maintain a healthy, functional smile.

What are the benefits of a bridge?

The benefits of bridges include:

  • Restore your smile
  • Protect your adjacent teeth from shifting out of position
  • Ensure even distribution of bite force
  • Preserve the natural shape of your face

Dental bridges also facilitate improved eating, speaking, and long-term oral health maintenance.

What Is the Dental Bridge Process?

We prepare the teeth and make an impression to have the dental laboratory construct a bridge to seamlessly fit into your smile. Your dentist will fit you with a temporary bridge to wear while you wait for the lab to complete your permanent restoration.

You come back for a second appointment when your permanent bridge is ready. Your Apple Valley dentist switches out the temporary bridge for the permanent one, checks that the fit and bite are comfortable, and seals it in place with dental cement.

Regain your confident smile at Brite Smiles Dental Care, the leading dental clinic in Apple Valley, MN. You'll leave the office able to chew, speak, and smile as if your tooth had never been gone! Our high-quality dental bridges are custom-made to fit your unique mouth, ensuring a comfortable and natural-looking result. Call us or book an appointment online and get your dental bridge today.

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