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If you need options to replace missing teeth, then Massanutten Dental Team and Oral Surgery can help! We offer dental bridges, dental implants, dentures, and more to restore your smile. Contact us to schedule a consultation.

What is a dental bridge?

Typically dental bridges are made of porcelain or resin, and they are used to fill in the space that has been created by one or more teeth that have fallen out. A dental bridge is attached to dental implants or crowns and will help patients look and feel great again.

A dental bridge works like a bridge over water, except it holds artificial teeth between neighboring teeth. The adjacent teeth act as the anchors for the bridge and are called abutment teeth. Bridges can restore and make your smile feel and function normally.

Who would benefit from a dental bridge?

Individuals who have lost one tooth or multiple teeth to dental disease, tooth decay, accidents, failed dental work, or genetics could benefit from dental bridges. A dental bridge offers more support than a partial denture and provides a more natural feel. They also offer more functionality and durability for biting, speaking, and chewing.

Our dentist may recommend a dental bridge, which can:

  • Improve the shape and volume of your face
  • Prevent the remaining natural teeth from shifting
  • Remove a less supportive partial denture
  • Improve your ability to chew, speak, and bit

If you are suffering from a missing tooth, a dental bridge may be right for you.

Types of Bridges

There are four different types of bridges that are used for missing teeth.


A traditional bridge consists of false teeth or a single tooth held in place by a dental crown on each abutment tooth. A conventional bridge is the most common type and can be used when you have a natural tooth on either side of the missing tooth.


Maryland bridges are similar to a traditional bridge, except Maryland uses porcelain or metal framework bonded behind the abutment teeth.


A cantilever bridge is similar to a traditional bridge, but the pontic is held in place by only one dental crown on the abutment tooth. Therefore, you only need one natural tooth for a cantilever bridge near the gap.


An implant-supported bridge uses dental implants to replace several teeth in one area. For example, a dental implant can be placed for each missing tooth and a bridge to suspend the pontic between implants. Implant-supported bridges are the most stable option for someone who has several missing teeth in a row.

What to Expect During the Procedure

Once our dentist has determined which bridge will work best for your needs, you will come in for your first appointment. Placing a bridge typically takes two visits two complete.


Our dentist will prepare the area for the bridge during your first visit. During this step, he will recontour the neighboring teeth with crowns. Next, a small portion of enamel will be removed to place the crowns. Next, the dentist will make impressions of your teeth for the bridge, artificial tooth, and crowns. Finally, a temporary bridge will be made for you to wear until the permanent bridge is made.

Placement of the Bridge

During your second visit, the temporary bridge will be removed. The dentist will place your new custom bridge and ensure a perfect bite and fit. We want it to feel natural, so more adjustments may be necessary.

How much will my bridge cost?

Several variables will determine the cost of your dental bridge, including:

  • the number of replacement teeth needed
  • the materials used
  • the complexity of the placement
  • the location
  • the type of bridge you select

A dental bridge can range from $1,500 to $15,000, depending on the variables above. Patients should schedule a consultation with us at Massanutten Dental Team and Oral Surgery for an exact estimate. We can also discuss your dental insurance and how much can be covered.

The Importance of Replacing Missing Teeth

Your dental health is important to us. Our team offers the most comprehensive dental care in Harrisonburg, VA. Missing teeth can cause further damage to your smile. It is essential to receive treatment for missing teeth to avoid further tooth decay, tooth loss, misalignment, and facial collapse. We offer a range of replacement options. Contact us to schedule an appointment today!