A bridge is a fixed prosthetic device typically made up of two dental crowns that are placed on the teeth on either side of the gap, and a false tooth, or pontic, which is placed in the space between them. The crowns act as anchors for the pontic, holding it securely in place.

Types of bridges

There are several different dental bridges, each with specific features that set it apart from the rest.

Traditional fixed bridges

This type of bridge is cemented in place and does not move or snap off. It is designed to be permanent. We create digital 3D-scanned impressions and custom-make porcelain fixtures and pontics. Traditional fixed bridges are known for being durable and long-lasting.

Cantilever bridges

A cantilever bridge is a pontic supported by a dental crown placed on a tooth on only one side of the gap rather than being supported on both sides like a traditional bridge. This is a more conservative bridge restoration implemented in areas where biting force is decreased to preserve tooth structure, aesthetics, and hygiene. If an area is prone to enough force to result in tooth tipping, this restoration would not be indicated.

Maryland bridges

A Maryland bridge is a pontic (false tooth) that is permanently bonded to the teeth on either side of the gap. Instead of creating crowns on the adjacent teeth, small extensions, or wings, are created. These extend from the non-visible back side of the false tooth, resting on the adjacent natural tooth structure. These are permanently fixed in place with dental bonding procedures similar to what is used for veneers.

Implant-supported bridges

An implant-supported bridge is a traditional bridge that replaces three or more teeth by placing two or more implants to which crowns are permanently affixed. Pontic false teeth, connected to these crowns, fill the spaces between the implants.

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Welcome to Costa and Williams

A different kind of dentist

Costa + Williams Dental Health Care is a family dental practice offering the full gamut of restorations, from fillings and bridges to crowns, veneers, and implants. In a world of fast-paced, high-volume, impersonal healthcare, we provide a focus on the small, human touches that make a cold dentist’s office feel more like home.

Our philosophy

We are in the business of caring for people, and this approach is reflected in our patients’ experience from start to finish. Each individual is treated with respect and compassion, receiving all the time and attention they need. We get to know people, answer all questions in detail, and spare no effort to achieve excellence. Our ultimate goal is to help our patients enjoy the quality of life they deserve.

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Restorations as art

Dr. Costa and Dr. Williams both pursued residency training after dental school, which provided them with a wide breadth of experience in the complex areas of restorative and implant dentistry. They are perfectionists who derive tremendous joy from crafting in-house restorations, elevating the creation of each bridge, crown, implant, or veneer to an art form.

We strive for results that appear so natural there is virtually no difference between the restoration and the teeth the patient was born with. This involves a nuanced understanding of color, texture, and shape, as well as the technical acumen to create an outstanding final product that will shine for years to come.

Is a dental bridge right for you?

A dental bridge is an excellent option for anyone who has lost one or more teeth and wants to restore their ability to chew, speak, and smile confidently. The best candidates for a dental bridge are those who have the following:

  • One or more missing teeth in a row: Dental bridges are designed to replace missing teeth that are located next to each other.
  • Healthy surrounding teeth: The teeth on either side of the gap need to be healthy enough to support the dental crowns used to anchor the bridge. If these teeth have bone loss, root decay, or active periodontal disease, they may not be good candidates to support a bridge.
  • Good oral hygiene: A bridge requires proper care and maintenance to last as long as possible. Candidates should have good oral hygiene practices, including regular brushing and flossing, to ensure their bridge survives for many years.
  • Commitment to follow-up care: Dental bridges require regular check-ups and professional cleanings to ensure they function correctly and to avoid complications.

If you’re missing one or more teeth and looking for a way to restore your smile, a dental bridge may be the perfect solution. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment and learn more about how we can help you smile more confidently.

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Your initial consultation

Your initial meeting with our team is a time to build trust through the free exchange of information and education. Many patients have had negative experiences with dentistry in the past. We are ready to reset your expectations of dental care.

At Costa + Williams Dental Health Care, we foster an atmosphere of complete transparency where you can take all the time you need to feel comfortable before moving forward with your treatment. After all, knowledge is power and peace of mind. We let our humanity shine through, from your first consultation to your in-depth aftercare and follow-up.

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