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If you lose a tooth due to trauma or decay, a dental bridge can restore your chewing and biting abilities and reduce the risk of more serious issues. At his practice in Terrell, Texas, Wayne T. Fieldsmith, DDS, uses dental bridges to rehabilitate smiles and encourage optimal oral health. To schedule an appointment, call the office today or click the online booking feature.

Bridges Q & A

What are bridges?

A bridge is an oral prosthetic that restores the appearance and function of one (or several) permanent teeth with a false tooth. Specifically, a bridge closes a gap in your smile, reducing the risk of gum recession, bone loss, and shifting teeth.

Dr. Fieldsmith regularly uses bridges to address tooth loss caused by decay, gum disease, and injury. 

What are the types of dental bridges?

Dr. Fieldsmith offers several types of dental bridges, including:

Traditional fixed bridge

A traditional bridge has two crowns and one (or multiple) false teeth. Dr. Fieldsmith bonds the crowns to your existing, healthy teeth, which prevents the bridge from moving.

Cantilever bridge

If you’re missing several teeth in a row, Dr. Fieldsmith might recommend a cantilever bridge. This bridge uses only one crown for an anchor instead of two.

Maryland bridge

A Maryland bridge uses a metal framework instead of crowns to hold the restoration in place. Dr. Fieldsmith bonds the metal framework to the back of healthy permanent teeth.

Implant-supported bridge

An implant-supported bridge connects to a dental implant, a small, screw-like post that Dr. Fieldsmith inserts into your jaw. The implant fuses with your natural bone, providing a long-lasting tooth replacement solution.

What does getting bridges involve?

Getting a non-implant supported bridge takes two separate visits and several steps:

Preparing your abutment teeth

During your first appointment, Dr. Fieldsmith prepares your abutment teeth. To do that, he administers a local anesthetic and removes a thin layer of enamel so there’s room for the crown(s) or metal framework.


Dr. Fieldsmith takes impressions of your teeth and sends the impressions to a dental laboratory. The team at the laboratory uses your impressions to mold a bridge that restores your smile to its near-original condition. While you’re waiting, Dr. Fieldsmith applies a temporary bridge.

Permanent bridge placement

On your second visit, Dr. Fieldsmith removes the temporary bridge and replaces it with the permanent bridge. He makes adjustments as necessary, ensuring a perfect fit. 

How long do bridges last?

Bridges often last 5-7* years, but you can extend their use with good oral hygiene. If you brush twice daily and visit Dr. Fieldsmith for routine checkups, your bridge may last for a decade or more.

To learn more about dental bridges, make an appointment at the practice of Wayne T. Fieldsmith, DDS, by calling the office today or clicking the online booking feature.

*Individual results may vary.