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Replace Missing Teeth with Custom-Made Dental Bridges

Grandparents and granddaughter smiling on beachIf you've lost teeth due to an accident, injury, or gum disease, Dr. Edward Dougherty can create a permanent bridge to restore your solid smile. A bridge not only fills the gap, but it also prevents the repositioning of remaining teeth. It can also correct a misaligned bite, improve chewing function, speech articulation, and provide internal structure for the face to give you a more youthful appearance. Contact Delmarva Sedation Dentistry today if you would like to learn more from our team, or if you’re ready to schedule your first appointment!

What is a Fixed Bridge?

First of all, a bridge is a prosthetic tooth (or teeth) that attaches to one or both sides of teeth that have been prepared with dental crowns. A fixed bridge is permanently joined onto the neighboring abutment teeth (crowned teeth) and consists of three basic units: the false tooth or teeth (called a pontic) and two abutment crowns. The style of bridge we suggest will depend upon the strength and health of the abutment teeth, as well as the location of the gap in relation to the rest of your dentition. If healthy adjacent abutment teeth aren't available, a surgically-implanted metal post, known as a dental implant, may offer a solid alternative. With proper care, a fixed bridge can last at least 8 to 10 years.