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Affordable Dental Bridges for Madison Patients

When you lose a tooth or must have a tooth extracted as an adult, it can be a dramatic experience. Replacing a missing tooth as soon as possible is vital to preventing the long-term effects on your oral health and confidence in smiling. Thankfully, through dental bridges, you don’t have to suffer from missing a tooth for long. TCD Madison offers natural tooth-looking, affordable bridges to restore the health and appearance of your smile.

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Dental Restoration for Missing Teeth Using Dental Bridges

Bridges replace missing teeth

Dental bridges are a form of dental restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth. Bridges can be made from different materials, including ceramics, metals or most notably porcelain. Porcelain bridges are natural-looking replacements for your missing tooth. They are fabricated by a highly skilled dental technician and permanently bonded to your existing tooth.

Total Care Dental of Madison uses porcelain dental bridges to replace missing teeth. Bridges can be completed in two easy appointments.

Types of Dental Bridges

Traditional Bridges

A traditional bridge, also known as a conventional bridge, features two crowns placed on the teeth adjacent to the gap. This bridge includes a false tooth, called a pontic, suspended between the two crowns. The crowns are then cemented onto natural teeth or dental implants adjacent to the gap from the missing teeth.

Removable Bridges

Removable bridges, also known as partial dentures, are dental bridges that can be removed for cleaning. This kind of bridge has a metal framework with a plastic fake tooth that is held in place by clasps which attach to adjacent teeth. Removable bridges can be a viable option for individuals who cannot have traditional bridges due to issues with their teeth or gums such as tooth decay or gum disease.

Maryland Bridges

Maryland bridges, also called resin-bonded bridges, are a type of dental bridge similar to other bridges where they have a metal or porcelain framework with a plastic tooth. The main difference with a Maryland bridge is the framework is bonded to the backs of adjacent teeth with metal or ceramic wings.

Cantilever Bridges

Cantilever bridges are similar to traditional bridges, with the main difference being the bridge is only anchored to one tooth instead of two. This type of bridge is best suited when there is only one natural tooth available to support a bridge and when the gap between teeth is less conspicuous, like the back of the jaw. Cantilever bridges can be used with other types of bridges like traditional bridges to provide added support and stability.

Implant-Supported Bridges

Implant-supported bridges are a form of dental bridges that are supported by dental implants instead of natural teeth. This type of bridge consists of two or more dental implants placed into the jawbone that anchor the bridge. Implant-supported bridges offer critical advantages over other bridges, noted by their more stable and secure fit and added jawbone preservation to prevent bone loss.

Which Dental Bridge is Best?

Determining which dental bridge is best for your situation can depend on several factors.

  • Number of missing teeth
  • Location of missing teeth
  • Health of remaining teeth
  • Jawbone density
  • Financial capability

Certain dental bridges are better when you’re missing more than one tooth. Where the teeth are missing also determines which bridge is best suitable. Teeth in poor condition around your missing teeth can rule out your ability to receive certain dental bridges. The condition of your jawbone is also important since some bridges do a better job of preventing bone loss than others.

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How Dental Bridges Work

Since there is no tooth for the crown to cover, the nearest teeth that surround the gap from the missing teeth are used as abutments to anchor the new tooth into place. The abutment teeth are given their own crowns which are directly attached to the replacement tooth. This keeps the entire dental piece firmly in place to support the installed bridge or implant.

Step-by-Step Dental Bridge Procedure

  1.  Your teeth are gently ground down to secure the bridge.
  2.  The adjacent teeth are prepared for crowns to be placed over top.
  3.  Most bridges are composed of three units, so once the bridge is made it is bonded onto the two adjacent teeth.

There may be cases where your new bridge may require a cosmetic inlay or onlay. This ensures your new teeth look natural. Both inlays and onlays are placed within the grooves between the cusps of a tooth. Onlays have the ability to be placed over the cusp tips as well. Your dentist will consult with you on which option is best for your given situation.


Dental Bridges vs Implants

Dental implants are similar bridges but are installed directly into the jawbone to replace a missing tooth. Dental implants are a more involved procedure than bridges but do offer certain benefits like jawbone preservation and the most permanent tooth replacement solution. The drawbacks of implants are their much steeper price and more involved procedure.


Dental Bridges vs Dentures

There are a few key differences between dental bridges and dentures. Dentures can be made as full or partial arch replacements, where dental bridges replace only a small portion of your arch. Dentures are removable and must be kept in a cleaning solution overnight, whereas most forms of bridges are not removable and function like natural teeth. Dentures can be less stable than bridges and have less support or natural chewing function.

Your dentist will go over which potential tooth replacement options are best for your given situation. Be sure to check out all teeth replacement options so you are ready for your consultation.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Bridges

Are dental bridges permanent?

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How do you know if you need a dental bridge?

Do dental bridges hurt?

Are dental bridges removable?


Contact our Madison Dental Clinic for more information on dental bridges.

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Meet the TCD Madison Dentists

Our team of compassionate and knowledgeable professionals create a warm, inviting atmosphere, ensuring patients of all ages feel welcome. At TCD, we treat every patient like a member of our family.

Dr. Brett Clark

Dr. Brett Clark

Dentist & Owner

Little League Coach, Barefoot Water Skier, Exercise Junkie, Super-Dad!

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Dr. Jason Vandehaar

Dr. Jason Vandehaar

Dentist & Owner

Eagle Scout, Badger Fan, Dog Lover, Lifeguard, Hater of Shredded Coconut!

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Dr. Tammy Kalsow

Dr. Tammy Kalsow


Positive, loving, nurturing spirit. 

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Dental Hygienist

Positive Spirit, Team Leader, Hockey Mom; "A family that flosses together stays together!"

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