About Dental Bridges
To help support a false tooth that fills in a gap, 2 or more crowns are attached to the false tooth (pontic) and then the crowns are placed over teeth surrounding the gap to anchor the false tooth in its new position. The crowns placed on the surrounding teeth are called abutment teeth and they help the false tooth by keeping it in the correct position and increasing its strength when the patient bites. Frisco general dentist, Dr. Camelia Cooper uses dental bridges made from metals, porcelain, or a combination of materials at Sweet Tooth Dental Loft. The 3 main types of bridges are:
- Traditional bridges are a false tooth (pontic) surrounded on each side by a crown (abutment teeth).
- Cantilever bridges are a false tooth surrounded on one side by 1 or more crowns.
- Maryland bridges, also known as a resin-bonded bridge, are a false tooth supported by wings or framework that is bonded to the natural teeth.
"We just moved to Frisco and of course needing to find a dentist quick because of a problem. They immediately got me in and took care of the problem. They are super friendly and make you feel comfortable. I think I have found my new dentist."- W.D. / Demandforce / Oct 29, 2015
"My visits were great at the dental office. Very nice staff and Dentist. Would highly recommend, for an exceptional customer service experience."- D.W. / Google / Aug 27, 2020
"This was my 1st visit and I’m so glad I did! I’ve found my forever dentist! From the moment I arrived to the time I left the service was EXCEPTIONAL! During the covid19 pandemic I had put it off but the way they were up to part on sanitation made me feel safe! Dr Cooper, did things during my exam that at 57 I had never had a dentist do to make sure I was healthy and didn’t have any unseen issues. Kudos to her and her staff, I’ll be telling everyone I meet about Sweet Tooth Dental Loft! The atmosphere is calming and takes the edge off of going to the dentist. Signed Patient for life! Bre Williams Mack"- B.W. / Google / Aug 22, 2020
"Dr. Cooper is an excellent Dentist. Her staff is very friendly and professional. The office is clean and is set up nicely. My hygienist Paula, is sweet and helpful. She explained everything she did and answered all my questions."- A.J. / Google / Aug 13, 2020
"COVID safety precautions were definitely 5 star."- M.H. / Google / Aug 12, 2020
What to Expect
Preparing and placing a dental bridge usually takes at least 2 appointments at Sweet Tooth Dental Loft in Frisco. During the first visit, Dr. Cooper will prepare the abutment teeth by filing them down to make room for the dental crowns. After the teeth are prepared, Dr. Cooper will take impressions of the teeth, which will be sent to a dental laboratory where experts will create a bridge, including the pontic and surrounding crowns for the abutment teeth. While the permanent bridge is being created, Dr. Cooper will place a temporary bridge over the patient’s teeth for protection. Once the custom-made bridge is returned to Sweet Tooth Dental Loft, Dr. Cooper will remove the temporary bridge and cement the permanent bridge into place. Dr. Cooper will check and adjust the bridge to give the patient their best fit, but the patient may need to return in a few weeks to have their fit and bite re-checked.
Dental bridges can last 5 – 15 years, or longer with proper home came and regular exams and cleanings by Dr. Cooper. Patients can keep their bridges and natural teeth healthy by brushing twice a day, flossing, and using an antiseptic mouthwash daily. Patients should make annual dental exams and bi-annual dental cleanings with Dr. Cooper at Sweet Tooth Dental Loft to ensure the bridge is clean and in good condition.
Plan Your Procedure
Fix Smile Gaps
If you avoid smiling to hide a gap in your teeth, call Sweet Tooth Dental Loft to schedule a consultation and learn about dental bridges and if they are right for you. Frisco dentist Dr. Cooper can tell you if a dental bridge can improve the appearance of your smile and give you a healthier mouth.