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Dental Bridges

Has tooth loss made it difficult to speak, chew, or feel confident? Dental bridges can replace one or more missing teeth.

At Living Life Dentistry in Knoxville, TN, we're happy to provide dental bridges that look indistinguishable from natural teeth.

Read on to discover how a dental bridge can address tooth loss. 

How Do Dental Bridges Work?

Customized dental bridges can replace missing teeth that have been lost due to severe decay or physical damage. Dental bridges work by literally bridging the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

A dental bridge consists of one or more replacement teeth (pontics) that can fill a gap left by missing teeth.

Traditionally, the pontics are supported by two crowns placed on abutments — the two teeth on either side of the gap.

Implant-supported bridges are supported by dental implants, which are small titanium posts that your dentist places into your jaw to replace lost tooth roots. In this case, the crown is put on the implant instead of your natural tooth.

What Are Implant-Supported Bridges?

Instead of being supported by dental crowns over your natural teeth, this type of bridge is supported by implants, which are prosthetic tooth roots. While the treatment time takes longer than a traditional bridge placement procedure, there are several benefits of this option you should consider.

Dental implants do not require alteration of the abutments for dental crown placement. And placing implants can prevent the bone atrophy that otherwise follows tooth loss. Tooth roots provide stimulation to the jaw that signals to the body to retain bone tissue in the area; dental implants serve the same purpose.

Implant-supported bridges are also more sturdy than Maryland bridges (also known as flippers) and cantilever bridges (a bridge attached to only one tooth). You also don't have to worry about removing the restoration and cleaning it daily, like you do with a denture.

Dental implants can last you a lifetime, so your bridge is the only thing part of the restoration that you will eventually need to replace, making this a durable option that both looks and feels natural.

What Is the Process for Getting a Dental Bridge?

A traditional dental bridge procedure is completed in two appointments.
A traditional dental bridge procedure is completed in two appointments.

Your First Appointment

During your first appointment, Dr. Kinder will administer a local anesthetic to the treatment area. Next, he will reshape the teeth that will support your dental bridge. Then, your dentist will take an impression of the treatment area and send it to a lab, where they will design your dental bridge for a precise fit.

The Waiting Period

Dr. Kinder will place a temporary bridge over the treatment area until your permanent restoration arrives, which should take 1-2 weeks.

Your Second Appointment

When the permanent bridge arrives, you will need to return for your second appointment, during which Dr. Kinder will place your permanent dental bridge. He will remove the temporary restoration and place the permanent restoration to see how it fits. After making any necessary changes to the bridge, it will be secured in place.

Candidacy for Dental Bridges

A good candidate for a traditional dental bridge has healthy gums free of disease and healthy surrounding teeth.

If you want an implant-supported bridge, you will need adequate bone tissue to support the implants and to be in overall good health.

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See the Results for Yourself

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Before dental bridge placement
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After dental bridge placement

How Much Do Dental Bridges Cost?

The cost of your dental bridge will depend on many factors, including the dental insurance plan you have. Most dental insurances pay for a percentage of your dental bridge.

At our Knoxville, TN, dental practice, we believe in making quality dental care accessible, which is why we offer CareCredit® financing to those who do not carry dental insurance or need assistance budgeting for out-of-pocket expenses. We also accept cash and all major credit cards.

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Great people with a welcoming attitude. Best dentist and staff I have ever experienced. Trust me, I have been to somewhat good dentists, very bad dentists and now this great dentist. You cannot experience better treatment from Dr. Kinder and his great staff.

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Dr. Kinder and his staff provide caring, compassionate, professional care unmatched anywhere. My wife and I have enjoyed their services for more than twenty years. If you are looking for a personal dentist or a family dentist, look no further than Dr. Gary Kinder's office.

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Dr. Gary Kinder

Living Life Dentistry

At Living Life Dentistry, Dr. Gary Kinder provides comprehensive dental services to patients throughout Knoxville, TN in a calm and welcoming environment. We offer a range of services such as:

  • Restorative Dentistry
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
  • Family Dentistry
  • Pediatric Dentistry

For more information about our office, contact us online or call (865) 539-6030.

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