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Dental Bridges – Alexandria, IN

Seamlessly Fill the Empty Space in Your Smile

dentist designing a dental bridge in Alexandria, IN

Missing just one tooth can make it hard to smile and eat, but it becomes even worse when you’re missing several teeth in a row. If you’re not sure of the best way to complete your smile, Dr. Corey Martinez often recommends a dental bridge in Alexandria, IN. Not only can dental bridges seamlessly fill the empty space in your smile, but they make chewing as easy as it was before tooth loss. To learn more about replacing your missing teeth with this natural-looking solution, call the team at Martinez Dentistry today to schedule a consultation!

Why Choose Martinez Dentistry for Dental Bridges?

  • Lifelike, Metal-Free Materials Used
  • Implant Bridges Placed & Restored In-House
  • Sedation Dentistry Available for Anxious Patients

What Is a Dental Bridge?

traditional dental bridge replacing a missing tooth

Dental bridges are called so because they are designed to literally “bridge” the gap between a small number of missing teeth. This is accomplished using replacement teeth made from durable yet lifelike materials like porcelain.

A dental bridge consists of several dental crowns that are strung together to fill the gap. The replacement teeth on either end of the bridge are hollowed-out so they can be placed on top of the remaining natural teeth. Alternatively, a bridge can be supported by dental implants.

Types of Dental Bridges

two dental implants supporting a dental bridge

The two kinds of dental bridges are traditional and implant-supported. Both types come with their own unique benefits, but your dentist in Alexandria will help you decide which one is ideal for your smile.

Traditional Dental Bridge

A traditional dental bridge is secured onto adjacent teeth in the same way that dental crowns are. A small amount of enamel must be removed from these supporting teeth, called abutment teeth, to provide a strong foundation for the artificial teeth in between them, known as pontics. After preparing your teeth, Dr. Martinez takes digital impressions and sends them to a dental lab, where a team of experienced ceramist craft your bridge to our exact specifications.

Implant Bridge

Instead of modifying the structure of your existing teeth, we can anchor a bridge onto one or two dental implants. Dr. Martinez can surgically place these titanium posts into your jaw, where they integrate with the surrounding bone tissue. As a result, your bridge will have a more reliable foundation, replenish more chewing power, last longer, and prevent jawbone loss.

The Benefits of Getting a Dental Bridge

woman in the dental chair giving a thumbs-up

If you’re looking to replace a single tooth – or multiple teeth – in a quick, affordable way, then a dental bridge in Alexandria, IN may be right for you. Not only do dental bridges make it easier to chew a variety of nutritious and delicious foods, but you can talk more clearly. You’d be surprised how much your tongue relies on every tooth to produce clear speech!

Also, dental bridges prevent your remaining teeth from drifting out of place, which naturally occurs after tooth loss. Eventually, dental drift can lead to misaligned teeth, chronic teeth grinding and clenching, and even TMJ disorder. By being proactive and replacing your teeth as soon as possible, you can avoid such oral health problems and reduce your long-term dental care costs!