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Dental Bridges – Wethersfield, CT

Bridge the Gap for a Complete Smile

Nothing is worse than an incomplete smile, but tooth loss is a common problem for many Americans. In fact, at least 120 million adults are missing one or more teeth. Not only can gaps in your smile affect your self-esteem but also your quality of life and your oral health. If you’ve lost one or more consecutive teeth, Dr. Thomas Dolan and Dr. Brendan Dolan may recommend a new dental bridge in Wethersfield as the optimal solution.


Man with a missing tooth at a consult for a dental bridge in Wethersfield

What is a Dental Bridge?

Bridges are designed to literally “bridge” the gap within your smile, restoring full function and preventing your remaining natural teeth from shifting out of position over time. Typically, they are used to recreate the portions of 1 or more teeth visible above the gum line.

It usually takes 2 to 3 appointments to rebuild your smile. During the first visit, we will adjust your teeth to accommodate your new bridge and capture impressions to send to the dental lab. After receiving the finished restoration, you’ll return to Dolan Dental for a second appointment so we can cement your new bridge in place and make any last-minute adjustments to ensure comfort and stability. Dental bridges are held in place by attaching dental crowns to nearby healthy teeth as “anchors.”

After the new bridge is in place, it’s going to take some time for you to become accustomed to the new sensation. We recommend sticking to a soft food diet while you adjust to minimize any discomfort. Within a few days, they should feel just like your regular teeth!


Model of a dental bridge and crowns

Benefits of Dental Bridges

Over time, missing teeth can start to negatively affect your oral health, your smile’s ability to function, and your quality of life. A dental bridge is a convenient and effective solution to stop the complications associated with tooth loss. Overall, you’ll enjoy a variety of benefits, including:

  • All-ceramic restoration for natural-looking results.
  • Durable to last for several years with the right care.
  • Improve your confidence with a complete smile.
  • Enjoy your favorite foods again.
  • Preserve your remaining natural teeth.
  • Supports your facial tissues for a youthful appearance.
  • Cost-effective and convenient treatment.

All-ceramic dental bridges.

Good Candidate for Dental Bridges

If you have one or more missing teeth in a row, you might be a candidate for a dental bridge. Your dentist in Wethersfield performs an initial consultation to evaluate your oral health and discuss the results you want to achieve. Generally, if you have good dental and general health, you’re a candidate for the treatment, but we may recommend additional procedures first, like periodontal therapy or tooth extractions.


Understanding the Cost of a Dental Bridge

There isn’t a set fee for a fixed bridge because the cost is determined by various factors, like your dental insurance. Although every policy differs, most plans cover a portion of the cost after paying your annual deductible. We will help you maximize your benefits to reduce the amount you pay out-of-pocket. We offer several payment options for any remaining balance, like CareCredit.

If you’re ready to rebuild your smile, we can help. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.