Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are a common restorative dental treatment offered at Woodard Family Dentistry used to replace one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge consists of one or more artificial teeth (pontics) that are anchored to the natural teeth (via dental crowns) or dental implants on either side of the gap (abutment teeth). These pontics can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, ceramic, gold, or a combination of these, and are designed to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth.

Types of Dental Bridges

There are several types of dental bridges, each suited to different dental needs and conditions. The main types include:

Traditional Bridges

This is the most common type of dental bridge, consisting of one or more pontics held in place by dental crowns that are cemented onto the abutment teeth. Traditional bridges are strong and durable, making them suitable for replacing molars.

Cantilever Bridges

Similar to traditional bridges, cantilever bridges are used when there is only one abutment tooth next to the gap. They are less common and typically used in areas of the mouth that experience less stress, such as the front teeth.

Maryland Bridges

Also known as resin-bonded bridges, Maryland bridges use a metal or porcelain framework bonded to the back of the abutment teeth with resin. This type of bridge is less invasive, as it does not require crowns and is often used for replacing front teeth.

Implant-Supported Bridges

Instead of being anchored to natural teeth, implant-supported bridges are, as the name implies, supported by dental implants. This type of bridge is particularly beneficial for patients who are missing multiple teeth and require a more stable and long-lasting solution. Call us to learn more.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges can provide many benefits, making them a popular choice for tooth replacement. Some of the key benefits include:

Restored Functionality

Dental bridges restore the ability to chew and speak properly, which can be impaired by missing teeth.

Aesthetic Improvement

Bridges improve the appearance of your smile by filling in gaps and blending with your natural teeth.

Maintained Facial Structure

Missing teeth can lead to bone loss and changes in facial structure. Bridges help maintain the shape of your face.

Preventing Tooth Movement

When a tooth is missing, the adjacent teeth may shift into the gap, causing misalignment and bite issues. Bridges prevent this by filling the space.

Enhanced Confidence

Replacing missing teeth with a dental bridge can boost your self-confidence and improve your overall quality of life.

The Dental Bridge Procedure

The process of getting a dental bridge at Woodard Family Dentistry involves several steps designed to ensure a comfortable and successful outcome. Here is an overview of the procedure:

Initial Consultation and Examination

The first step is a comprehensive consultation with Dr. Woodard. During this appointment, he will examine your teeth and gums, discuss your dental history, and take X-rays or impressions if necessary. This evaluation helps determine if a dental bridge is the best option for your specific needs.

Tooth Preparation

For traditional and cantilever bridges, the abutment teeth need to be prepared to support the bridge. Dr. Woodard will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area and then reshape the abutment teeth by removing a small amount of enamel. This ensures that the crowns that will hold the bridge in place fit properly.


After the abutment teeth are prepared, Dr. Woodard will take impressions of your teeth. These impressions are sent to a dental laboratory where they will be used as the basis for the fabrication of your custom bridge. The bridge will be designed to match the shape, size, and color of your natural teeth.

Temporary Bridge

While your permanent bridge is being made, Dr. Woodard will install a temporary bridge to protect the exposed teeth and gums. This temporary bridge will also help you get used to the feel of a bridge in your mouth.

Fitting the Permanent Bridge

Once your custom bridge is ready, you will return to Woodard Family Dentistry for the final fitting. Dr. Woodard will remove the temporary bridge and check the fit and appearance of the permanent bridge. Adjustments will be made as necessary to ensure a comfortable fit. The bridge is then permanently cemented into place.

Follow-Up and Aftercare

After the bridge is placed, Dr. Woodard will provide you with instructions on how to care for your new bridge and maintain your oral health. Follow-up appointments may be scheduled to ensure the bridge is functioning properly and to address any concerns you may have.

Caring for Your Dental Bridge

Proper care and maintenance are essential to ensure the longevity and functionality of your dental bridge. Here are some tips to help you care for your new bridge:

  • Good oral hygiene: Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and floss daily. Special floss threaders or interdental brushes can help clean around the bridge and between the pontic and gums.
  • Regular dental visits: Schedule regular checkups and cleanings with Dr. Woodard to monitor the condition of your bridge and overall oral health.
  • Healthy diet: Avoid sticky and hard foods that can damage your bridge. Maintain a balanced diet to support your oral and overall health.
  • Addressing bruxism: If you grind or clench your teeth, consider wearing a nightguard to protect your bridge and natural teeth.
  • Avoid tobacco: Smoking or using tobacco products can increase the risk of gum disease and other oral health issues, potentially affecting the longevity of your bridge.


Dental bridges can be an effective and aesthetically pleasing solution for replacing missing teeth and restoring your smile. At Woodard Family Dentistry in Spokane Valley, WA, Dr. Christopher S. Woodard, DMD, and our skilled team are dedicated to providing the highest quality dental care, including advanced restorative treatments like dental bridges. By choosing a dental bridge, you can enjoy improved oral function, enhanced appearance, and better overall dental health.

Are you ready to experience top-quality dental care for your entire family? Visit Dr. Christopher S. Woodard, DMD, at Woodard Family Dentistry, conveniently located at 1020 S Pines Rd, Spokane Valley, WA 99206. Don't wait any longer to take care of your oral health.Call us today at (509) 924-8585 to schedule your appointment or to learn more about our comprehensive dental services.

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