implant supported dentures are becoming a popular restoration that combines two prior solutions into one successful option.

A dental bridge spans the gap between two teeth. It is a fixed or permanent restorative appliance that replaces a missing tooth or missing teeth.

Dental Bridges

A dental bridge spans the gap between two teeth. It is a fixed or permanent restorative appliance that replaces a missing tooth or missing teeth. It is composed of several pieces that are fused together to fill the open space. The primary component is the false tooth called a pontic held in place by the abutment teeth on both sides of the gap. The pontic, or artificial crown, is usually made from porcelain to aesthetically match your natural teeth.

 

The entire team at Missouri River Dental is committed to providing a patient experience unlike any other. The foundation of that philosophy is our personable and professional staff. We collectively strive to blend technology, art, and healthcare for each patient. Our goal is to provide you with an individualized patient experience unlike any other you have had at a dental office. We strive to create a positive and comfortable atmosphere for our patients while still meeting their dental needs, wishes, and exceeding expectations. Call us today at 701-751-7177 or enter your request online to schedule an appointment for your evaluation regarding the benefits of a dental bridge for you. You can conveniently find Missouri River Dental at 1600 Uptown Lane, Bismarck, ND, 58503.

 

Replacing one or more missing teeth can be addressed easily with a dental bridge. If you are missing teeth, you could feel self-conscious about your appearance, but the impact of missing a tooth surpasses what you see when you smile. Issues that can emerge from a missing tooth include additional tooth loss, decay, and more. Your neighboring teeth will quickly shift into the open space which affects your bite alignment, and your gums and the surrounding tissue will become more susceptible to decay and disease.

The Health Advantages and Benefits of a Dental Bridge

A dental bridge can provide many benefits to you, including:

 

  • They will restore a natural look to your smile.
  • They restore the ability for you to bite and chew food efficiently.
  • They will prevent the neighboring teeth from shifting into the space, which causes problems with your bite alignment and will lead to other complications.
  • You maintain your normal facial structure by preventing bone loss from the jaw at the location of the missing tooth or teeth.
  • They will restore your ability to speak normally, as missing teeth often impede proper enunciation.

What Make You a Candidate for a Dental Bridge?

Some factors that might make you a viable candidate for a dental bridge include:

 

  • You enjoy good oral health.
  • You have the necessary healthy teeth and stable bone structure to support the bridge.
  • You are currently missing one or more of your natural teeth.
  • You enjoy good overall health, no severe conditions, infections, or other problems.
  • You will practice good oral hygiene to maintain the condition of the dental bridge.

 

The conscientious team at Missouri River Dental will discuss these contributing factors with you before deciding whether a bridge is your best solution.

meet Dr. Timothy Anderson
meet Dr. Timothy Anderson

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MISSOURI RIVER DENTAL

“I believe in comprehensive, quality oral health care that is patient-centered. I strive to create a positive and comfortable experience for each patient while still meeting their dental needs, wishes and expectations.”

meet Dr. Bethany Schuetzle
meet Dr. Bethany Schuetzle

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MISSOURI RIVER DENTAL

“I view my professional success as earning the trust of each individual patient and will work to build this by focusing on clinical thoroughness, comfort, and education so they can make the best informed decision.”

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our amazing team

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MISSOURI RIVER DENTAL

At Missouri River Dental, our goal is to create an exceptional patient experience. We strive to exceed that experience through being compassionate, clinically thorough and providing excellent communication.

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The Different Types of Dental Bridges

There are four main types of a dental bridge appliance:

 

  • Traditional dental bridge- The traditional dental bridge is an artificial crown suspended and held in place by dental crowns that have been placed onto each of the adjoining abutment teeth. A traditional bridge is the most popular version used when you have natural teeth on both sides of the space created by your missing tooth.
  • Cantilever dental bridge- Like a traditional bridge, the artificial tooth in a cantilever dental bridge is held in place by a dental crown that is cemented to only one abutment tooth. You only need one natural tooth next to the missing tooth to support the artificial tooth.
  • Maryland dental bridge- Much like a traditional bridge, the Maryland dental bridge requires two natural abutment teeth, one on each side of the gap. But, instead of cementing crowns to the abutment teeth, a Maryland bridge uses a framework of metal or porcelain that is bonded to the backside of the abutment teeth.
  • Implant-supported dental bridge- An implant-supported bridge uses a surgically placed dental implant as opposed to crowns or frameworks. The dental implant becomes an artificial root and holds the bridge in position. If more than one implant is needed, the bridge might have a pontic suspended between two implant-supported crowns.

 

Considered the strongest and most stable system, an implant-supported bridge requires two surgeries: The first to place the implants in the jawbone and a second surgery to then place the bridge. It can take several months for this process to be finished.

The Dental Bridge Procedure

The process of having a dental bridge placed can be completed in just a few simple steps. The first step is the preparation of the abutment teeth to support the bridge. The second step is the making of either a physical or digital impression of the newly shaped teeth and arch so the dental lab can create the bridge.

 

The impression, mold, or digital scan will be sent to the dental lab, and in just a few weeks a new bridge will be created and be ready for the final placement. We will fit the bridge to make sure it is the proper color, shape, size, and texture. Then, we will cement the new bridge to the abutment teeth using a dental bonding adhesive. This cement is final, and once the bridge is placed, it becomes a fixed restoration.

Dental Bridge Aftercare

It is essential to properly care for your new dental bridge in the same manner you would properly care for your natural teeth. If good care is not practiced, a dental bridge can cause irritation, infection and even decay. It is important to schedule and keep your consistent dental appointments with Missouri River Dental following the placement of your dental bridge.

 

We might suggest special tools to thoroughly clean around your new dental bridge including threaded floss, dental picks, and water flossers to make it easier to maintain good oral health and hygiene.

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Changing the Dental Experience Norm
One Patient at a Time

Missouri River Dental provides you with a clean, comfortable, and modern feel. Our team goal is to provide you with the best possible care utilizing the most current dental technologies and services. The entire team at Missouri River Dental focuses on providing comprehensive, quality oral health care that is always centered on you, our patient. We appreciate the value of your time. That is why we are flexible with our hours of operation; open early, open late, and open Saturdays. Call us now at 701-751-7177 or make your appointment online for your personal evaluation and consultation regarding the benefits of a dental bridge for you. Our office is located at 1600 Uptown Lane, Bismarck, ND, 58503.

implantology
Dental implants are
replacement artificial teeth

Fifty million Americans experience tooth-loss every year. Traditional dentures have long been the best solution, but there have been recent innovations with different varieties of dental implants that are creating more options.

dental implants help to preserve the integrity of your jawbone density and save your jawbone from atrophy
dental implants help to preserve the integrity of your jawbone density and save your jawbone from atrophy

digital cosmetic dentistry
focuses on improving the visual appearance of your teeth, mouth, and smile

Continued technological advancements in natural-looking, tooth-colored dental materials make today’s cosmetic dental treatments more durable and predictable than in the past.

implant supported dentures are becoming a popular restoration that combines two prior solutions into one successful option.
implant supported dentures are becoming a popular restoration that combines two prior solutions into one successful option.

Laser Dentistry
use of specifically designed lasers to treat several different dental conditions

Laser energy ablates the tissue painlessly and allows Missouri River Dental to target tissue precisely without causing any excessive bleeding. The laser cauterizes as it cuts, reducing bleeding and sterilizing the area as it works.

the entire team at missouri river dental is committed to providing a patient experience unlike any other
the entire team at missouri river dental is committed to providing a patient experience unlike any other

Single Visit Dentistry
no temporaries, no second appointment, no compromises

The entire team at Missouri River Dental focuses on providing comprehensive, quality oral health care that is always centered on you, our guest.

while it might take several weeks to receive a traditional dental crown, a cerec crown uses cad/cam, computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing, to create your crown in just one single appointment.
while it might take several weeks to receive a traditional dental crown, a cerec crown uses cad/cam, computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing, to create your crown in just one single appointment.