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Structure, Function, and Aesthetics: Dental Bridges

An older woman smiles after having dental bridges placedAn incomplete smile can affect more than just your appearance. Dr. Timothy Messer of Southwind Dental Care uses dental bridges to close the gaps left by missing teeth. Our Memphis office can help you discover the restorative and cosmetic benefits of a dental bridge. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.

What is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge, sometimes called a partial denture, is a fused set of replacement teeth designed to fill gaps in your smile. Bridges may be supported by a dental implant, or by crowns placed upon adjacent teeth. A bridge can restore balance to your bite, improve chewing and other functions, and enhance the appearance of your smile.

Oral Health Benefits

A lost, damaged, or decaying tooth can cause a number of issues for your oral health by making chewing, eating, and speaking difficult. Repairing your smile with dental bridges will help restore comfort and function. The structure and alignment of your smile is also compromised when a tooth is lost. Placing a dental bridge will keep your other teeth from shifting out of place.

Aesthetic Benefits

Your teeth and jawbone play a major role in your facial structure. Gaps in your smile can cause your cheeks look sunken. A dental bridge can maintain the volume of your face, helping you look younger and healthier.

Dr. Messer's dental bridges can be fabricated in a color specially matched to that of your natural smile. The natural look of this restoration will blend in with your existing teeth for an overall healthy and attractive appearance.

Combined Treatments

One of the greatest benefits to choosing Southwind Dental Care is our guarantee to provide you with a personalized treatment plan that addresses all of your most pressing concerns. In many cases, combining different restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatments allows us to provide you with both aesthetic and practical benefits. Our other treatments that work well with dental bridges include:

Teeth Whitening:
In order to optimize your results, you can undergo a teeth whitening treatment before we create your dental bridge. This allows us to match your restoration to a brighter shade of white, for a dazzling overall enhancement.
Porcelain Veneers:
If you want to improve the appearance of an existing tooth, a porcelain veneer can be placed on the front surface of that tooth to achieve the appearance of uniform size, shape, length, color, and spacing.
Dental Implants:
Often used to support a dental bridge, implants are placed into your jawbone to provide more permanent support for your teeth. Dental implants can also halt loss of bone mass in your jaw following tooth loss.

Make an Appointment

If you are suffering with a compromised smile, Dr. Timothy Messer can restore the balance, comfort, and functionality of your smile with a custom dental bridge. If you think you may be a good candidate for a dental bridge and would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Messer, contact Southwind Dental Care today.

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I have been to several dentists in the Memphis Area and I have finally found THE ONE!! Dr. Messer is the best dentist I have ever been to. I have complete confidence in any procedure that he performs and I can't imagine ever going to any other dentist.

-Meredith Page B.
Memphis, TN