The concept of a dental bridge is probably just what you would imagine. It literally bridges the gap of one or more missing teeth.

A dental bridge includes two crowns or caps for the anchoring teeth on either side of the gap, which are called abutment teeth – and a false tooth or teeth in between. The false teeth that fill the gap are called pontics and can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. We, at Kneib Dentistry, like to use the high-quality porcelain pontics. Dental bridges can be supported by natural teeth and/or implants.

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A dental bridge can be one of the following:

  • Traditional bridges (most common) involve creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the missing tooth with a pontic (fake tooth) in between. Traditional bridges are made of either porcelain fused to metal (PFM) or all-porcelain.
  • Cantilever bridges are used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the gap (missing tooth or teeth), in which it is not technically "bridging" the gap.
  • Maryland bridges are made of plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal framework. Metal wings on each side of the bridge are bonded to your existing teeth.
  • The restoration of your smile
  • The restoration of your ability to properly chew and speak
  • Maintaining the shape of your face
  • Distributing the forces in your bite properly by replacing missing teeth
  • Preventing remaining teeth from drifting out of position

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Tooth Restoration FAQs

What are silver-mercury fillings? 

For over 100 years, dentists have been using silver-mercury amalgam fillings to restore decayed or broken teeth. The only other alternative was gold.

At Kneib Dentistry, there is a new and economical way to restore teeth using tooth-colored resin fillings. The resin is made up of glass particles in a plastic matrix. Dr. Kneib bonds the putty-like material to the tooth with a high-intensity light. This hardens the material and allows it to be shaped and polished for immediate use.

Once completed, your tooth has a natural appearance and is actually stronger than before due to the strength of the adhesive agent used to bond the resin to the tooth. Resin restorations not only look better, but they are stronger and longer lasting than the old silver-amalgam fillings. Resin restorations can range from $150 to $350 per tooth.

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