• Bridges

  • When you have several teeth that need to be replaced you may want to consider having a dental bridge installed.

    What is a dental bridge?

    A dental bridge consists of one or more synthetic teeth used to fill a gap in your smile. Different types of materials may be used to create a dental bridge including metal alloys and ceramics.

    After an impression is taken of your mouth, a lab makes your dental bridge to match your surrounding teeth. The dental bridge consists of synthetic teeth called pontics and usually has dental crowns on each end. The dental crowns are placed over your existing teeth to hold the dental bridge in place.

    When extra support is needed because your existing teeth are not able to hold the dental bridge alone, or there are several missing teeth, implants may be used with or without placing dental crowns on surrounding teeth.

    Why do I need a dental bridge?

    If you have one or more missing teeth, your mouth might not be functioning properly and your bite may be affected.

    Missing teeth can allow other teeth to move into the vacant space. This may result in pain caused by more stress being placed on your jaw joints and teeth. These teeth that have moved may now be more susceptible to gum disease and tooth decay since it may be more difficult to properly clean them.

    Bone shrinkage may occur where there once was a tooth and now it is gone. The way the cheeks and lips are supported by the jawbone may change as the bone shrinks. Your face may look different over time as a result.

    When you are ready for a consultation to go over your options, give Dr. Fisher a call at (305) 661-9603. His friendly and knowledgeable staff is ready to help with any questions or appointment requests you may have. Your smile is worth it!