Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges

Looking for more information on dental bridges? Look no further than Chattanooga Dental Arts!

Dental Bridges

Looking for more information on dental bridges? Look no further than Chattanooga Dental Arts! If you’ve lost teeth due to accident, injury, or gum disease, our doctors can create a fixed bridge to restore your solid smile. A bridge not only fills the gap, but it also prevents repositioning of remaining teeth. It can correct a misaligned bite, improve chewing function and speech articulation, and provide internal structure for the face to give you a more youthful appearance.

What is a Fixed Bridge?

First of all, a bridge is a prosthetic tooth (or teeth) that attaches on one or both sides to teeth prepared with dental crowns. A fixed bridge is 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. For a bridge that replaces many teeth, we may recommend a removable partial denture or implant-supported prosthetics. With proper care, a fixed bridge may last at least 8 to 15 years.

When Are Fixed Bridges Used?

A fixed bridge will likely be the recommended method of replacement when several teeth have been lost in a row and the teeth that surround the gap are healthy. The dental bridge is also a good option for patients who need a replacement fast, as a fixed bridge can be completed in just a few weeks. Patients who are eligible for dental implants may benefit more from an implant-supported bridge, however, as dental implants promote better oral and overall health. Your dentist will fully discuss your options with you during to help you make the most informed decision regarding your replacement options.

Am I a Good Candidate for a Fixed Bridge?

Most adults who have lost several teeth in a row are good candidates for a fixed bridge. This is a non-invasive procedure, so there are no health concerns for recovery as there are with dental implants. Patients who are not eligible for implant dentistry may choose a fixed bridge as a sturdy alternative. The only way to know for sure what you are a candidate for in regards to tooth replacement is to schedule an appointment with your restorative dentist at Chattanooga Dental Arts!

After the treatment is complete, we will send you home with precise instructions on how to keep your bridge clean and functioning properly. With solid care and maintenance, you can expect your bridge to last for up to 15 years and possibly longer.

Some ways to take care of your bridge include:

  • Continue to brush your teeth for two minutes, at least twice a day or after each meal.
  • Concentrate on the area at the base of the bridge as you brush to prevent plaque and tartar buildup, which can put your gums at risk of gum disease.
  • Invest in an interdental cleaner or water flosser to get better access in between the hard-to-reach areas.
  • If your bridge is in the front of the mouth, avoid biting directly into hard items like apples or crusty bread. A fixed bridge is sturdy, but you should still take care to avoid excessive pressure.
  • Contact your dentist if you notice that your bridge has become loose, chipped, or if it has broken. Getting it fixed right away will prevent further damage or injury to the soft oral tissues.

A fixed bridge is a wonderful solution after you have lost any number of teeth. To learn more about this restorative option and whether or not it is right for you, we invite you to request an appointment to discuss the dental bridge at Chattanooga Dental Arts today.

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What patients say about us

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It was my first time here, and I was blew away by the staff, these are the nicest people ever, I had a warm welcome upon entering and the hospitality did not stop. What a great staff. If you need a dentist I highly recommend you to give this business a try. My hygienist was the best, and I felt really comfortable with her. I had went to a dentist up the road first and I wasn’t treated the same upon my entry to their establishment so I remembered talking to a ladie that worked at this dental office sometime back, I drove down the street until I saw this office and I’m so glad I did. Thanks for a great dental experience.

Brenda S.


I went to this office for the first time today & felt like they were glad to help me. I felt at ease & was impressed by everyone! Michelle & Brittney were great & Dr Jancy made me feel confident my needs would be met. I will go here for all my dental needs & highly recommended it!

Phyllis V.


My experience has been great! I get extremely nervous when I go to the dentist. They make sure I’m comfortable and always make me feel more relaxed. Everyone on the staff that I’ve encountered have been super nice!

Felicia B.


Front desk is always very kind and helpful. Michele is great, best and most thorough cleanings I’ve ever received. Had to get a crown today, Dr Jancy and Jessica were absolutely terrific. Most painless and comfortable experience at any dentist office I’ve ever been to. Highly recommend

Joe S.


I absolutely love Michelle. If you are looking for a dental hygienist, pick her! Dr Parkerson is very thorough and I am pleased with the abutment and crown she placed. She was very caring and made sure I was not in any pain during the procedure. They are the best!

Grace W.

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