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Timothy E. Smith, DDS • Kyle D. Kolquist, DDS • Erin K. Renier, DDS  • Benjamin D. Larson, DDS
1630 Kenwood Avenue Duluth, MN 55811
Phone: 218-728-4288 • Fax: (218) 724-8624 •
Email: kenwooddental@yahoo.com

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Restorative Dentistry - Bridges

What is a bridge?

A bridge is just that; it is a series of teeth that serve to bridge a gap in the mouth where natural teeth are missing. Another option is to replace the tooth (or teeth) with a dental implant.

When is a bridge recommended?

  • To fill the space of missing teeth
  • Maintain facial shape
  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position
  • Restore chewing and speaking ability
  • Restore your smile
  • Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance

Why replace missing teeth?

The gap left by a missing teeth can cause strain and breakage on surrounding teeth.

What is the procedure?

A bridge preparation is similar to a crown preparation. Getting a bridge usually requires two or more visits.  While the teeth are numb, the two anchoring teeth are prepared by removing a portion of enamel to allow for a crown.  Next, a highly accurate impression (mold) is made which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated.  In addition, a temporary bridge will be made and worn for several weeks until your next appointment.

At the second visit, you permanent bridge will be carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented to achieve a proper fit.  Occasionally your dentist may only temporarily cement the bridge, allowing your teeth and tissue time to get used to the new bridge.  The new bridge will be permanently cemented at a later time.

You will receive care instructions at the conclusion of the procedure.  Proper brushing, flossing and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new permanent bridge.

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