Bridge the gap to your fullest, healthiest smile.

With our dentists’ expert skills and experience, there’s no reason for you to have a smile that’s anything less than full and beautiful. Bridges live up to their name, serving to “bridge” the space from missing teeth with artificial ones, which attach to crowns on either side.

Bridges help keep the bite properly aligned, prevent other teeth from shifting out of place, and are an alternative to dental implants. They can be made from gold, metal alloys, resin, porcelain, or a combination of these.

What’s the process for getting a bridge?

Getting a bridge involves a few steps over a few weeks. In the first visit, we prepare the teeth on either side of the space. We remove some of the enamel so that a crown will fit over the teeth. We take an impression that provides the model for the bridge. You will be given a temporary bridge to wear to protect your gums and prepared teeth.

On your next visit, we remove the temporary bridge and adjust and place the new bridge. Depending on each patient and case, it may take more than one visit to properly fit your bridge to your bite. Finally, we will cement it in place.

Will a bridge affect how I eat or speak?

Most patients find it more difficult to eat and speak when teeth are missing. A bridge helps with chewing and can help you speak properly by keeping your remaining teeth in the correct positions.

How do I care for a bridge?

The most important thing you can do to care for your bridge is to take the best care of your remaining teeth with daily brushing, flossing, and using a floss threader to clean under the bridge. Proper oral hygiene helps to prevent tooth decay and gum disease, which weaken teeth and can erode the bridge foundation. Regular cleanings and checkups also help to identify any issues as early as possible. Our expertly trained hygienists can demonstrate proper oral hygiene techniques to care for your teeth at home.

How long do bridges last?

A dental bridge is a strong and durable restoration fit for a beautiful, bright smile. A bridge typically lasts five to eight years; however, as with all dental work, the healthier your teeth and gums are, the longer your crowned—and natural—teeth last.