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Do you have missing teeth in need of replacement? Look no further, here at Smiley Dental Arlington we provide the treatment you need in the form of a bridge, which covers any open space left from a missing tooth. A bridge can be used to not only restore a missing tooth or teeth, but it can also strengthen a damaged tooth, giving it the shape, appearance, and correct alignment in your bite.

Bridges provide a sustainable structure that is supported by crowns to connect to other teeth. These can be supported by the surrounding teeth or implants. Sometimes called a fixed partial denture, bridges can be made with alloys, porcelain, gold, or a combination of materials. This is applied by your dentist in the form of a traditional (crowns connected to both surrounding teeth), cantilever (artificial tooth connected to a crown), or a Maryland (artificial tooth bonded to surrounding teeth).

The process to install a bridge takes multiple steps, first going to your dentist to determine which treatment is best for you. The next steps include preparing for the bridge by reshaping the surrounding teeth by filing them down or filling them, getting an impression/mold for the bridge to be made and sent back to the dentist’s office. You will most likely have a temporary bridge placed until it comes back.

Your new bridge is then placed, and you go in for a follow-up visit to ensure the bridge fits comfortably. Smiley Dental Arlington strives to give you the care and comfort you need, so give our office in Arlington, Texas a call today at 682.558.8720.