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Dental Bridges

Missing teeth can make eating difficult and speaking frustrating.

Dental bridges can fill the gaps left by missing teeth, giving you back your full smile.

Foothill Dental in Salt Lake City, UT, can fill in the gaps in your smile with dental bridges, giving you a full set of teeth again.

How Dental Bridges Work

A dental bridge fills the gap where you lost a tooth or multiple teeth. Dental bridges are also called fixed bridges since they stay in place. Fixed bridges mimic natural teeth and can be a lifetime solution to tooth loss.

Traditional Dental Bridge

The artificial tooth in a bridge is called a pontic. In a traditional bridge, a pontic or multiple pontics are supported by dental crowns. The remaining teeth on either side of the tooth gap (known as abutment teeth) are reshaped so they can be capped by these dental crowns. These capped abutment teeth keep the pontic in place.

Implant-Supported Dental Bridge

A bridge can also be anchored in position with dental implants. Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jaw. Once the implants have fused with the bone, they function as artificial tooth roots.

Benefits of a Dental Bridge

Tooth loss can be caused by many factors, including physical trauma and decay. Foothill Dental can help Salt Lake City, UT, patients regain their bite and speak with more confidence. A bridge from our dentistry practice can also:

Realign Your Bite

Dental bridges can correct your bite, preventing future damage to your jawbone and strengthening your ability to chew.

Prevent Bone Loss

Implant-supported dental bridges provide the extra benefit of avoiding bone loss that typically comes with missing a tooth.

Prevent Tooth Movement

If you lose a tooth, your remaining teeth will begin to shift position. Shifting teeth can lead to painful disorders like temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), which can cause migraines and lockjaw.

Deliver Lasting Results

A dental bridge is typically made of ceramic materials like porcelain or zirconia. With proper care and regular dental visits, your bridge can last longer than a decade.

Rehabilitated Smile

You won’t think twice about flashing your smile when you see a full set of teeth! The materials used to craft a dental bridge resemble your natural tooth structure.

Maintain Appearance

Missing teeth will cause your jawbone to shrink, changing the shape of your face. Without the support of teeth, your cheeks may start to cave inward and your lips will likely appear loose, causing you to look older. A dental bridge will give your mouth more support.

Contact Us to Learn More About Dental Bridges State-of-the-Art Technology Makes the Process Convenient

Foothill Dental can create bridges, crowns, and other restorations in a single day thanks to our CEREC® machine. This state-of-the-art system takes a digital impression of your teeth and then creates a custom restoration. That means our dentists can create your bridge or dental crown on-site rather than working with an outside lab. The restoration can also be fitted the same day it's been created.

Schedule an appointment with our dentists to learn what our technology and expertise can do for your smile. Send us a message or give our Salt Lake City, UT, office a call today:

(801) 582-5787

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"Foothill Dental is Fantastic!" Five Star Reviews from All Over Utah

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Beth Plavan

2021

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Foothill Dental is fantastic! The office has a warm and caring environment and the dental care is terrific. Rafael went the extra mile to make things happen for us before we were part of the practice and did even more throughout the course of the treatment plan. Dr. Bailey and her team were talented, thoughtful and incredibly kind. It made all the difference.

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Sarah Wood

2015

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Genuine, passionate and profession are a few words that describe Megan J. She is an amazing hygienist. She is very thorough and explains exactly what she is doing. When she is done, she makes sure that all of your questions are answered. Dr. Matt is also great! He is very friendly, professional and genuine. He is very thorough, yet still respects your time. You cannot lose going to this dentist!

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Traditional Dental Bridge vs. Implant-Supported Bridge

The dentists at Foothill Dental in Salt Lake City, UT, have a dental treatment that will meet your oral health needs. Traditional dental bridges and implant-supported bridges are two options that may best suit your needs.

A traditional dental bridge

Traditional Dental Bridges

A traditional bridge is supported by teeth on both sides of the gap. These teeth are reshaped to support crowns. These crowns support pontics between them that replace missing teeth. This style of bridge can replace one tooth or up to three missing teeth while blending in with your natural teeth.

An implant-supported bridge

Implant-Supported Bridges

Rather than relying on abutment teeth to provide support, an implant-supported bridge is held in place by implants that are surgically inserted into the jaw. The number of implants needed to support the bridge will depend on the number of teeth missing and the size of the tooth gap.

Traditional or Implant-Supported Bridge Which One Is Right For You?

Each style of dental bridge has its own pros and cons. Let's contrast and compare these two options for treating tooth loss at our Salt Lake City dentistry practice.

Traditional Bridge

Traditional bridges are faster to implement than implant-supported bridges and are a more affordable solution to replace one to three missing teeth. Natural teeth must be reshaped to support a bridge, so patients must have healthy abutment teeth prior to treatment. With proper care, a bridge can last a decade or more.

Implant-Supported Bridge

Implant-supported bridges are more expensive than traditional bridges, and it can take a few months for the dental implant to fuse with the jawbone. Patients will need healthy bone density to support the implants. While the bridge will need replacement after about 10 years, the implants themselves can last a lifetime.

The Difference a Dental Bridge Can Make

Using a fixed bridge as part of a full smile makeover, our dentists can fill the missing front teeth of the upper dental arch. Great results are possible at Foothill Dental in Salt Lake City, UT.

"I've Never Been So Excited to Go to the Dentist!" Providing Quality Dental Care to the People of Utah

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Tom Gilbert

2016

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I've never been so excited to go to the dentist! Foothill Dental treats you great and their center feels like a spa - they offer a free spa menu with options including face massage, eye compress, and more. I will be sad if I ever move and need to find a new dentist!

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Paul House

2014

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I have been coming to Foothill for about 14 years. The doctors and staff have always been great. Their professionalism and caring towards their patients has always been the very best. I am sure that the advice and care they have given us has saved us from a lot of pain with our teeth. I would and do recommend them to anyone who is looking for a great dental experience.

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How Much Does a Dental Bridge Cost?

A three-unit bridge (two crowns and a pontic) typically costs $1,500 to $3,000. Factors that can affect the price of treatment include:

  • The number of pontics in the restoration
  • The materials used, which usually includes ceramics like porcelain or zirconia
  • The complexity of the placement
  • Whether traditional or implant-supported bridges are selected

The only way to determine which bridge is right for you and how much it will cost is to meet with our dentists. Foothill Dental can work with you on matters related to insurance coverage. Our staff can also review payment plan options that can make your dental work more affordable.

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Foothill Dental Matt Stohl, DMD, & David Stohl, DDS

Our dental practice provides comprehensive care to patients of all ages with state-of-the-art technology in a warm and welcoming environment. Our dentists are affiliated with the following organizations:

  • American Dental Association
  • Academy of Laser Dentistry
  • Academy of General Dentistry
  • Utah Dental Association
  • Salt Lake District Dental Society

To schedule a consultation, contact us online or call (801) 582-5787.

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