Dental Bridges

Family Dental Care in Florissant, FL

Everyone deserves a beautiful, complete smile they're proud to show off – and at the office of Paul S. Herrin, DDS, our mission is to help you achieve and maintain that healthy smile. As a multi-specialty dental practice serving the Florissant area, we're proud to offer a wide range of dental treatments to our patients, and we customize treatment so each patient receives personalized, individualized care. While we always strive to save and protect your natural teeth, if you have ever lost a tooth or need to have a tooth extraction, dental bridges are an excellent option for repairing your healthy smile.


About Dental Bridges

Dental bridges cartoon vectorDental bridges are restorative dental procedures used to replace missing teeth or repair the smile after a tooth extraction. Bridges can be used to replace a tooth anywhere in the mouth, and they offer a durable, cost-effective, and aesthetically appealing option for replacing missing teeth.

While dental bridges are generally used to replace only one tooth, the actual bridge structure usually encompasses three teeth in total – one artificial tooth replacing the missing tooth, and two adjacent anchors, usually in the form of crowns placed over the adjacent teeth. Dental bridges come in three main types:

  • Traditional Bridges: This type of bridge is made up of an artificial tooth with one crown on either side of the tooth. The crowns are placed over the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth, securing the bridge into place. This is why it's called a dental bridge: the artificial tooth "bridges" the two crowns.
  • Cantilever Bridges: Cantilever bridges are similar to traditional bridges in that the artificial tooth is held in place with two crowns, but in a cantilever bridge, both crowns are on the same side of the artificial tooth, one after the other. These bridges are commonly used to replace rear molars, which only have teeth on one side.
  • Maryland Bridges: Maryland bridges don't use crowns, instead relying on tooth-colored metal bands affixed to the adjacent teeth. These are common for replacing missing front teeth.
  • Implant-Supported Bridges: Generally, implant-supported bridges take the same form as traditional bridges with one key difference: instead of being supported by crowns over a natural tooth, the teeth adjacent to the artificial tooth are supported by dental implants. While somewhat more expensive, these provide an extremely durable, long-lasting solution for tooth replacement.

Caring for Dental Bridges

Caring for a dental bridge is fairly simple, and you can largely treat it like your natural teeth. You'll want to brush it at least twice a day and floss once a day, although you won't be able to floss where the crowns and bridge are attached. With proper oral hygiene and care, your bridge could last for upwards of 15 years or more.


Schedule an Appointment with Your Florissant, FL Dentist

If you have a missing tooth you've been wanting to replace, it's time to take the next step and achieve the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve. Call us today at (314) 921-0070 or reach out to us at our contact page to schedule a consultation and see if a dental bridge might be right for you. We look forward to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams and maintain it for a lifetime!

PAUL S. HERRIN, D.D.S.

  • PAUL S. HERRIN, D.D.S. - 395 Derhake Rd., Florissant, MO 63031 Phone: 314-921-0070 Fax: 314-921-7506

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