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Dental Bridges

Missing teeth can make it difficult to chew and smile comfortably, which can dramatically impact your quality of life.

At Gulch Dental Studio,  our doctors offer both traditional and implant-supported dental bridges to restore our patients' smiles.

So why should you consider a dental bridge placed at our Nashville, TN, practice?

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Replace Missing Teeth  & Improve Your Bite 

Dental bridges are a versatile restorative option that offers several important benefits, such as:

Improved Function

Missing teeth can make it difficult or painful to eat, but dental bridges allow you to chew normally and eat all your favorite foods. Because missing teeth can also affect how you enunciate, bridges can also restore your ability to speak clearly.

Preventing Additional Issues 

Dental bridges can help keep your teeth from shifting out of alignment. They also prevent additional tooth loss. Patients who choose implant-supported bridges enjoy additional benefits because this solution prevents the jaw atrophy that follows tooth loss.

A Better-Looking Smile

Because a dental bridge fills the gap in your smile, it can deliver improved aesthetics. An implant-supported restoration can also help maintain your facial proportions. 

Here's what happens during a traditional dental bridge procedure at our Nashville practice...

After reshaping your surrounding teeth to make room for your supportive crowns, your dentist will cement the restoration in place. 

Do you need replacement teeth?

Is a dental bridge right for your needs?

Dental Bridges Can Replace  Consecutive Missing Teeth

Single Missing Tooth

A traditional dental bridge can be used to replace a single missing tooth. You can also elect to replace the tooth with an implant-supported dental crown.

Two to Three Missing Teeth

If you are missing two to three teeth in a row, a bridge can fill the gap to complete your smile. 

Additional Missing Teeth

If you are missing more than three teeth in a row, your dentist can determine whether a bridge or a partial denture is the best solution.

Are you a good candidate for a dental bridge?

To Qualify for a Dental Bridge,  You Should Be: 

In Good Oral Health

Prior to placing a dental bridge, our doctors will need to treat any preexisting oral health concerns such as gum disease or tooth decay. 

Committed to Good Oral Hygiene

Although the material used to craft bridges is stain-resistant and highly durable, you will still need to brush twice a day, floss daily, and attend your regular dental checkups to get the most out of this solution. 

In Good Overall Health 

If you are opting for an implant-supported restoration, you will need to be healthy enough to undergo oral surgery. 

Which option is a better method of tooth replacement: a traditional bridge or implant-supported bridge?

Traditional vs. Implant-Supported Bridges

A traditional bridge is anchored in place using crowns attached to the teeth on either side of the gap. These bridges are often constructed of porcelain fused to metal, and are designed to match your nearby teeth so that your smile looks natural. A traditional dental bridge can last many years, though at some point it will need to be replaced because of normal wear and tear.

Meanwhile, implant-supported bridges are held in place by titanium posts that are surgically implanted in the jaw. Dental implants serve as replacement tooth roots. An implant-supported bridge can restore your ability to chew and speak comfortably, but like a traditional bridge, it will need to be replaced eventually. The implants themselves can last the rest of your life with proper care.

Implant-supported bridges are widely considered the gold standard in tooth replacement because they prevent jawbone recession and require no alteration of healthy teeth

Illustration of traditional vs. implant-supported bridge
Traditional bridges are secured to nearby teeth, whereas implant-supported restorations are affixed directly in the jaw. 

I feel a little nervous about dental treatment...

Sedation Is Available

Our Nashville practice understands that some patients feel anxious about their treatment. Many people find that local anesthetic is sufficient to numb the treatment area. However, our practice also offers three types of dental sedation:

We will discuss the benefits and limitations of each type during your initial consultation. We encourage our patients to be upfront with us about anything we can do to help them feel more comfortable.

What Are the Steps to Receive a Traditional Bridge?

Once you and your doctor have determined that a dental bridge is the right treatment for you and have decided which type will work best, we can set up a customized treatment plan.

Prepare the Teeth

At your first appointment, your dentist will prepare the adjacent teeth for your dental bridge. This involves removing some of the enamel to make room for dental crowns.

Take Impressions & Place a Temporary Bridge

Your doctor will take precise impressions to send to our partner lab. In the meantime, while your dental bridge is being created, you will be provided with a temporary restoration to guard against sensitivity and maintain your appearance.

Receive Your Permanent Bridge

During your second appointment at our Nashville practice, your doctor will replace the temporary bridge and cement the permanent bridge in place

How should I maintain my restoration?

Bridges Can Be Cared for Just Like Natural Teeth

Although the materials used to create bridges are not susceptible to decay and infection like natural teeth, you will still need to practice good oral hygiene and attend regular dental check-ups at our Nashville practice.

You should also avoid bad habits that could damage your restoration, such as chewing on ice or opening packages with your teeth. If your bridge requires any special tools, such as a floss threader, we can provide instructions for you.

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More Information on Dental Bridges

A dental bridge is used to literally bridge the gap between one or more missing teeth. Bridges can be supported by adjacent crowns or dental implants, which offer more support and durability.

Implant-Supported Bridges

Receiving an implant-supported bridge at our Nashville practice is somewhat similar to a traditional or fixed bridge, but the treatment process takes longer since you will need to undergo surgery and a healing period. The titanium posts typically require three to six months to fuse with your jawbone, which is an important step for long-lasting results. Once this phase is complete, your doctor can take impressions of your teeth and have your bridge created to match the shade of your other teeth and your natural bite. The bridge will then be attached to the top of the implant posts.

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Gulch Dental Studio

Gulch Dental Studio is a state-of-the-art practice utilizing the latest technology and techniques to enhance your smile. We offer a range of services, including:

Book an appointment by requesting a consultation online or by calling our Nashville office at (615) 953-3068 today.

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