Dental Bridges
in Orlando, FL

Dental bridges are prostheses (special devices) that replace one or more missing teeth with artificial ones (called pontics). The pontics (artificial teeth) are anchored to the surrounding teeth and fill the empty space, making the mouth look young and healthy. Dental bridges are non-removable and can last for decades with proper care. These prostheses are the best way to restore the function and look of the smile after tooth loss.
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What is a Dental Bridge?

Dental bridges are prostheses (special devices) that replace one or more missing teeth with artificial ones (called pontics). The pontics (artificial teeth) are anchored to the surrounding teeth and fill the empty space, making the mouth look young and healthy. Dental bridges are non-removable and can last for decades with proper care. These prostheses are the best way to restore the function and look of the smile after tooth loss.
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Types of Dental Bridges

There are four main varieties of dental bridges, each with its benefits and shortcomings. Our dentist recommends the best option depending on where the missing teeth are located.
Traditional Dental Bridge
A traditional bridge is the most commonly used type. It involves creating crowns for the teeth on both sides of the gap, which act as anchors for the bridge that sits between them. These prosthetics are usually made from porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) or 100% ceramic.
Cantilever bridges are attached to only one tooth, which makes them less stable than traditional ones. These prostheses are used in front teeth and other areas with less bite force. There may be problems with cantilever bridges in the back of the mouth as they can exert too much pressure on the anchor tooth, causing damage and breakages. However, these prostheses are often the preferred option due to their unique functionality.
In a Maryland dental bridge, pontics are anchored to the adjacent natural teeth with wings instead of crowns. These prostheses are sometimes called resin-bonded. Maryland bridges can be created from a variety of materials, including PFM, complete ceramic, and even plastic. The wings found on each side of the bridge, usually made from metal or porcelain, are securely bonded to the natural teeth.
This type of augmentation involves placing dental implants in the jawbone. They serve as sturdy anchors. Bridges attached to implants tend to be the most durable and longest-lasting prosthetic option. They also help to restore chewing function and prevent bone loss in the area of missing teeth.
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Dental Bridge Procedure

Dental bridge treatment requires at least two visits to our office. During the first appointment, our dentist thoroughly examines the teeth. If the conditions are appropriate for this procedure, we proceed to the next steps.

Anesthesia

Local anesthesia is administered to numb the area around the teeth where the bridge will be placed. This is done by injecting lidocaine or a similar agent into the gums and soft tissues. The anesthetic helps the patient remain comfortable and pain-free.
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Tooth Preparation

The dentist trims the teeth on both sides of the gap, removing tooth decay and other problems. The teeth are reduced in size to accommodate the bridge. The main goal is to prepare them for crowns or metal wings.
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Taking Impressions

An impression is made using a soft putty that hardens to create an exact model of the prepared abutment (healthy) teeth and the space requiring artificial ones. This impression is used as an accurate guide for the dental lab to fabricate the bridge.
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Replacing Missing Teeth With a Temporary Bridge

A temporary bridge may be placed to protect the prepared abutment teeth. It is made from plastic or acrylic and acts as a placeholder until the permanent bridge is ready. This temporary insert resembles the shape and fit of the final prosthesis.
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Custom Bridge Fabrication

The impressions are sent to a dental laboratory technician 
to create the permanent bridge. The framework is carefully crafted from porcelain, metal alloys, or a combination 
to precisely fit in the gap between abutment teeth. Pontics 
are set in the frame to fill the missing tooth space.
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Permanent Bridge Bonding

At a follow-up appointment, the custom bridge is tried on and checked for proper fit before final installation. The bridge is then placed onto the prepared abutment teeth using crowns or metal wings. Adjustments are made as needed to ensure optimal positioning and comfort. However, the entire procedure is different for cases where a dental implant is used as a bridge.
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Aftercare

With proper care and attention, a dental bridge could last as long as twenty years. Patients should continue with a thorough oral hygiene routine, including brushing, flossing, and mouthwash. They must try to avoid particularly chewy foods or cuts of meat as these will put additional strain on the bridge.
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Candidates for Dental Bridge Placement

When deciding whether a patient is eligible for a dental bridge, the doctor evaluates their oral health, teeth, and gums. Potential candidates for the procedure include:

Patients with one or more missing teeth that need to be replaced

Individuals with an adequate amount of natural tooth remaining 
to support the bridge

People with healthy gums and bone to securely hold the prosthesis in place

Patients committed to good oral hygiene to maintain the bridge

Individuals without medical issues that would compromise the recovery or longevity of the prosthesis

Patients who need to replace missing teeth with something that is more durable and stable than a removable partial denture

Benefits of Dental Bridges

There are a number of benefits of having a dental bridge. These devices can:
Prevent the remaining teeth from shifting position
Help the patient bite and/or chew properly
Correct the bite
Properly align the jaw
Give a great smile

Cost of a Dental Bridge in Orlando

The cost of dental bridges ranges from $500 to $2,500+ per tooth, depending 
on the number of pontics and placement method. If a single missing tooth should be replaced, the cost will be lower than in more complex cases. Traditional prosthetics are more cost-effective ($500-$1,200 per tooth), 
while Maryland bridges may be priced at $2,000+. Implant-supported bridges are the most expensive because they require surgery. We offer 
a wide range of discounts, special offers, and flexible financing options 
to make this procedure more affordable.

What Makes Sand
Lake Dental DIFFERENT FROM OTHERS?

Sand Lake Dental provides personalized care in a modern, relaxing environment. Our dedicated team is led by Dr. Ziyad Maali, who was voted one of Orlando’s top dentists. We promote preventative care through regular exams and patient education. Our practice stays up-to-date on the latest techniques and technologies to provide state-of-the-art treatment. At Sand Lake Dental, patients receive individualized services from knowledgeable dentists who are totally dedicated to their health and well-being.

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