Dental Bridge for the Front Teeth By Thomas G. Zarger Jr., D.D.S. on May 11, 2020

Middle-age smiling patient looks at her teeth in the mirrorMultiple missing teeth can be a source of embarrassment. To artfully replace your missing teeth with a row of stable ceramic false teeth, Dr. Thomas G. Zarger can have you fitted with a dental bridge. Our office offers traditional and implant-supported bridges.

Many of our patients get a dental bridge to replace missing front teeth. Since a dental bridge in the “smile zone” is more prominent, special considerations will be made when fabricating your bridge. Our dental practice serves Knoxville, TN, Maryville, TN, and Oak Ridge, TN.

Traditional Bridge for the Front Teeth

Since the front teeth do not have to bear the same levels of pressure as molars, your bridge will not need to be fabricated from metal. Your dental bridge for the front teeth can be fabricated from cosmetically pleasing ceramic materials that are carefully shade-matched to blend with your smile.

How Is a Traditional Dental Bridge Held in Place?

A traditional bridge is supported by two dental crowns (one on either side of the bridge) that are placed over abutment teeth. The crowns anchor one or more false teeth. Placing a dental crown requires that you have two healthy teeth that can be shaved down. By removing the outer layer of the abutment teeth, your crowns can fit snugly without protruding.

Fabrication Process

Dr. Zarger works with a trusted partner lab that will fabricate your dental bridge to perfectly match your natural teeth. Throughout the fabrication process, Dr. Zarger will be in close communication with the lab technicians to ensure the color, shape, and luster of your dental bridge meets your cosmetic goals.

How Long Will My Treatment Take?

The placement process for a dental bridge typically requires two visits. Once your candidacy has been established, your abutment teeth will be prepared. After a trusted dental lab crafts your bridge, a second appointment will be scheduled to cement the bridge in place.

Implant-supported Bridge for Front Teeth

If you are missing three or more consecutive teeth, you may be a good candidate for an implant-supported bridge. Implants are also an ideal choice when you do not have healthy teeth near the gap in your smile that can support dental crowns.

How Is an Implant-supported Bridge Held in Place?

An implant-supported bridge is anchored in place by two dental implants (one on either side of the bridge) that support a row of false teeth. Dental implants offer superior stability compared to traditional prosthetics. While dental implants do require a larger upfront commitment of time and money, many of our patients believe that the investment is well worth it.

How Are Dental Implants Placed?

To receive an implant-supported bridge, you will need to undergo oral surgery. Under the numbing effects of local anesthesia and possibly sedation, an incision will be made in your gums so Dr. Zarger can access your jawbone. Then, a small hole will be drilled that will guide the implant into place. Dr. Zarger has over 30 years of experience in placing dental implants.

Once your bridge is ready, your custom prosthetic will attach to the dental implants.

Artfully Fill the Gap in Your Smile Using a Dental Bridge

Tooth loss should only be a momentary setback. A dental bridge can restore your smile while delivering beautiful and natural-looking results. Whichever option you choose, you can rely on Dr. Zarger’s more than 30 years of professional experience in performing restorative work that is durable and cosmetically pleasing.

To schedule your dental bridge consultation, please contact our office online or call (865) 693-7631.

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