Bridges Specialist

St. George Family Dental

Matthew P. St George, DDS

General Dentist & General Dentistry located in Fulton, MO

According to the American College of Prosthodontists, more than 36 million Americans don’t have any teeth, and 120 million are missing at least one tooth. If you fall into that category, then Matthew St. George, DDS, at St. George Family Dental in Fulton, Missouri, can restore your smile and your ability to properly speak and chew through the use of dental bridges. To determine which type of bridge is best for you, call our office today or schedule your appointment online.

Bridges Q & A

What’s a dental bridge?

A dental bridge helps restore your smile by bridging a gap caused by missing teeth. A bridge consists of two crowns called abutments located on the ends of the bridge and anchors onto your natural teeth. In between those two crowns are your false tooth or teeth called pontics.

Dr. St. George offers dental bridges at St. George Family Dental because they provide the following benefits:

  • Adds force to your bite
  • Replaces your missing teeth
  • Restores aesthetics to your smile
  • Prevents other teeth from shifting

The specific area of your jaw bone where your missing tooth should be can begin to atrophy resulting in possibly losing facial structure. Because of this, Dr. St. George recommends scheduling a consultation with him to determine if bridges are right for you.

What are the different types of dental bridges?

St. George Family Dental offers two specific types of bridges, which are:

Removable bridges

A removable bridge involves false teeth attached to a plastic base. You can remove it whenever you want, allowing for easy maintenance and convenience.

Fixed bridges

A fixed bridge works well for someone who has consecutive missing teeth and has had their jaw bone begin to atrophy. This bridge cannot be removed and functions as natural teeth as soon as they’re put in place.

What can I expect during the placement of a dental bridge?

Dr. St. George injects a local anesthetic at the procedure site to ensure you have a pain free experience. Following that, he reshapes and resizes your teeth that will serve as abutments and accommodate the crowns that hold the false teeth in place. The last step during your first visit is to take an impression of your prepared teeth to send to the dental laboratory.

While your bridge is being made, Dr. St. George installs a temporary acrylic bridge to protect your teeth and prevent sensitivity.

On your second visit to St. George Family Dental, Dr. St. George either cements your fixed bridge over the prepared teeth or properly adjusts your removable bridge to fit comfortably.

If you’re missing teeth and would like to learn more about how dental bridges can help you, call St. George Family Dental today or schedule your appointment online.