Tooth Bridges Services

Understanding Tooth Bridges


Tooth bridges, available at Klement Family Dental, are dental prosthetics designed to replace missing teeth, providing both functional and aesthetic benefits.

Definition and Purpose of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are fixed prosthetic devices used to bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. They consist of artificial teeth (pontics) anchored to adjacent natural teeth or dental implants. Klement Family Dental offers bridges to restore your smile, enhance chewing ability, and prevent surrounding teeth from shifting.

Comparison with Dental Implants

When considering tooth replacement options, dental bridges, and implants are common choices. While implants involve surgically placed artificial tooth roots, bridges rely on neighboring teeth for support. Klement Family Dental can help you understand the distinctions between these options and guide you in choosing the most suitable solution for your needs.

Traditional Bridges

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What Are Traditional Bridges?

Traditional bridges are a tried-and-true dental restoration option designed to replace one or more missing teeth. They consist of one or more artificial teeth, known as pontics, which are anchored in place by dental crowns on adjacent natural teeth or dental implants.

How Do Traditional Bridges Work?

The procedure for getting a traditional bridge typically involves two visits to our office. During the first visit, we will prepare the adjacent teeth that will support the bridge by removing a small amount of enamel to make room for the crowns. We then take impressions of your teeth, which will be used to custom-make your bridge in a dental lab. In the meantime, we will place a temporary bridge to protect your prepared teeth.

Once your custom bridge is ready, you'll return for your second visit. We'll remove the temporary bridge and carefully place the permanent one, ensuring a precise fit and comfortable bite. With proper care and maintenance, your traditional bridge can last many years, providing you with a natural-looking and fully functional smile.

Benefits of Traditional Bridges:

  • Restored Functionality: Bridges help restore your ability to chew and speak properly, improving your overall oral function.
  • Enhanced Aesthetics: By filling in gaps left by missing teeth, bridges restore the appearance of your smile, boosting your confidence.
  • Preservation of Oral Health: Bridges prevent neighboring teeth from shifting out of position, which can lead to bite problems and further tooth loss.
  • Durability: Constructed from high-quality materials, traditional bridges are durable and can withstand normal biting and chewing forces.

Is a Traditional Bridge Right for You?

If you're missing one or more teeth and have healthy adjacent teeth or dental implants, you may be a candidate for a traditional bridge. However, the suitability of this option depends on various factors, including your overall oral health and the location of the missing teeth. During your consultation, our experienced dental team will assess your specific needs and recommend the most appropriate treatment plan for you.

Single Tooth Bridge

Benefits and Considerations of a Single Tooth Bridge

A single tooth bridge at Klement Family Dental is a popular option for replacing a single missing tooth. It offers benefits such as restoring your smile, improving oral function, and preventing neighboring teeth from shifting. Considerations include the need for adjacent healthy teeth to support the bridge.

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Aesthetic and Functional Aspects of Bridging a Single Tooth Gap

Bridging a single tooth gap not only restores your smile's aesthetics but also enhances functionality. Klement Family Dental ensures that the bridge matches the color, shape, and size of your natural teeth, providing a seamless and natural appearance.

Consultation and Planning Process

To begin the process of getting a single tooth bridge, schedule a consultation with Klement Family Dental. Our experienced team will assess your oral health, discuss your preferences, and plan the placement of the bridge. Clear communication is key to ensuring your satisfaction with the outcome.

Tooth Bridge vs. Implant

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Contrasting Characteristics of Bridges and Implants

Bridges and implants have distinct characteristics. While bridges rely on neighboring teeth for support, implants are surgically anchored into the jawbone. Understanding the differences is crucial for making an informed decision. Klement Family Dental can guide you through these distinctions during a consultation.

Choosing the Right Option Based on Individual Needs

The choice between a tooth bridge and an implant depends on factors such as oral health, preferences, and budget. Klement Family Dental takes a personalized approach to help you choose the most suitable option for your unique circumstances.


Long-Term Implications of Each Choice

Consider the long-term implications of your decision. Bridges may require maintenance and replacement over time, while implants offer a more permanent solution. Klement Family Dental provides information to help you anticipate the future care needs of each option.

Before-and-After Bridged Teeth

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Visual Transformations with Dental Bridges

Witness the visual transformations achieved with dental bridges. At Klement Family Dental, we have successfully restored countless smiles, enhancing overall facial aesthetics and confidence.

Impact on Overall Oral Aesthetics

Beyond the visual aspect, dental bridges have a positive impact on overall oral aesthetics. Klement Family Dental ensures that your bridge not only looks natural but also functions seamlessly, contributing to a confident and comfortable smile.

Are you ready to explore tooth bridges as a solution for missing teeth? Contact Klement Family Dental at our St. Petersburg location (Ph: 727-498-1959) or Old Northeast location (Ph: 727-339-5833) to schedule a consultation. Our experienced dental professionals are here to guide you through the process, ensuring that you receive the best possible care for your smile. Your oral health and confidence are our priorities, and we look forward to helping you achieve a smile that you can be proud of!


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“We have been going to Klement Dental for several years. They are easy to schedule an appointment with, have a wide range of availability. The staff there from the doctors to the dental techs and the office staff are fantastic! They are professional, friendly, caring and go above & beyond to provide exceptional care.”

John V.
St Petersburg

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