Richard Fossum, DDS
2534 Blue Meadow Drive, Temple, TX 76502
(254) 778-3900  

Dental Bridges in Temple

A Stable Solution that Renews Your Smile

Dental bridges are a great restorative solution for one or more missing teeth. The bridge consists of a custom-made false tooth, attached to crowns, which cover the surrounding, existing teeth.

If you've lost teeth due to accident, injury, or gum disease, our team at Fossum Dental Group can create a permanent bridge to restore your solid smile. A bridge not only fills the gap but it also prevents your remaining teeth from repositioning. It can also correct a misaligned bite, improve chewing function, speech articulation and naturally shape your profile.

What is a Fixed Bridge?

A bridge is a prosthetic that attaches on one or both sides of teeth prepared with dental crowns. A fixed bridge is permanently joined onto the neighboring teeth (crowned teeth) and consists of three basic units: the false tooth or teeth (called a pontic) and two abutment crowns. The style of bridge we suggest will depend upon the strength and health of the abutment teeth, as well as the location of the gap in relation to the rest of your dentition. If healthy adjacent abutment teeth aren't available, a surgically-implanted metal post, known as a dental implant, may offer a solid alternative. For a bridge that replaces many teeth, we may recommend a removable partial denture or implant-supported prosthesis. With proper care, a fixed bridge may last at least 8 to10 years.

If you have questions about crown and bridgework or any other dental prosthetic, give us a call. We will be happy to discuss the options and schedule your evaluation.