Dental Bridges

All of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Tooth loss doesn’t necessarily have to occur as you age, but if you do lose teeth they must be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth. Fortunately, there are options for correcting tooth loss.

Dental Bridge Options


A Fixed Bridge – a device used to replace missing teeth – attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth.

How is a Fixed Bridge attached?

The procedure usually takes 2 appointments to complete. At the first appointment, Dr. Turner will prepare the teeth on either side of the space by removing a portion of the enamel and dentin. An impression of the teeth is taken and sent to the lab for fabrication. A temporary bridge is placed which will be worn until the permanent bridge is received from the lab usually in about 3 weeks.

How do I take care of my Fixed Bridge?

A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. This is of critical importance as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.
Removable Bridge (Partial Denture) – A partial denture is actually a removable bridge that replaces the missing teeth. It is attached to the adjacent natural teeth (abutment teeth) by metal clasps or attachments. Removable Bridges, as the name implies, can be taken out and cleaned.
Why do I need a Bridge/Partial?
Oral functionality and appearance are important reasons for wearing a Bridge/Partial.  A Bridge or Partial helps support your lips and cheeks. The loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to sink and your face look older.
Dental health is the most important reason for a Bridge/Partial. Teeth were designed to complement each other. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissue when teeth are missing causing a number of potentially harmful results. Increased risk of gum disease has proven to be one of the worst side effects and can be minimized with a bridge.