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Dental Bridges

If you are missing even a single tooth, you know how difficult it can be to eat certain foods, speak clearly, and smile with confidence. 

Drs. Jason Collier and Herb Blumenthal can restore your smile and oral function with a dental bridge at our Cordova, TN, practice.

Is a dental bridge right for me?

What Is a Dental Bridge?

Dental bridges are a great option for patients looking to restore one to three missing teeth.

Traditional: A traditional bridge is made up of two crowns at each end with a prosthetic tooth (or teeth) in the middle. These prosthetic teeth, also referred to as pontics, literally bridge the gap in your smile and are custom-made to match your natural teeth.

Implant-Supported: Modern advancements in restorative dentistry have now made implant-supported bridges a trusted and popular option. Instead of relying on crowns to hold the pontic teeth in place, implant bridges are self-supported with titanium posts embedded within your jaw.  

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Why choose our Cordova practice for your dental bridge?

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"Myself and a number of family members have been to this dentist. He is a genius when it comes to implants! I had my entire mouth done with implants due to some health problems that harmed my teeth and my mouth looks FABULOUS! No one knows…" Kathy S.

Candidates for Treatment

Traditional Bridge

Traditional bridge

  • A traditional bridge is generally best for patients missing one to two teeth.
  • They are most effective when patients have healthy natural teeth on both sides of the gap for support.
  • Traditional treatment is usually more affordable and may be the best option if you are on a tight budget. 

Implant Dental Bridge

Implant bridge

  • If you are missing a tooth (or teeth) at the end of a dental arch, you may consider implants for better stability. 
  • An implant-supported dental bridge is best if you are missing two or three teeth. 
  • Candidates for dental implants must be healthy enough to undergo surgery and have good bone density.
If you are missing four or more teeth, then you may be better suited for a partial or full denture. 

A Closer Look at The Procedure

We carefully perform each step to ensure your comfort and the best possible end results.

Traditional Bridge Treatment Timeline 

While treatment looks slightly different for everyone, these are the basic steps involved for a traditional dental bridge at our Cordova, TN, practice
Dr. Collier has a background in prosthetics and takes pride in designing exceptionally lifelike bridges. 
Dr. Collier has a background in prosthetics and takes pride in designing exceptionally lifelike bridges. 

​Consultation

During your free consultation, your dentist will examine your teeth and gums and take x-rays of your oral structures. If we determine a dental bridge is right for you, we will discuss your options and map out your custom treatment plan. 

Preparation

Next, we prepare the teeth adjacent to the gap in your smile. The dentist will remove some enamel from each tooth and reshape the structure to accommodate your custom crowns. Then, we take detailed impressions of your mouth and remaining teeth to get started on your permanent dental bridge. We will place a temporary until your next visit.

Design

Dr. Collier has a background in prosthetics and takes pride in designing exceptionally lifelike restorations. By taking into account your coloring and facial features, as well as your natural teeth, your bridge will be designed to look natural and enhance your entire appearance. These impressions and designs are sent off to our trusted dental lab where technicians hand-craft the restoration.

Placement

In about two to three weeks, your permanent dental bridge will be ready and you can return to the office for placement. Our dentist will check the fit and aesthetics of the crowns and pontics, and secure the bridge in place with dental cement. 

Treatment will look much different if you choose to restore your smile with an implant bridge. During a minor surgery, incisions will be made in your gums and two or more dental implants will be placed. Although treatment takes several months, implants offer several benefits.

Don't be nervous about the procedure. You are in good hands... 

Relax with Sedation

Our dentists have undergone additional training in order to provide sedation for our more nervous and sensitive patients.  The sedative is administered before we begin treatment to induce a state of deep relaxation. The process is very safe and effective and allows many patients with anxiety to experience a level of true comfort. Ask about sedation dentistry at your consultation and find out how we can help you.

Sedation dentistry patient

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Bella Chambers

2020

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From the time we entered into their office until we left,  everyone was courtesy,  friendly, and professional. We were made to feel comfortable and welcome. Dr. Collier explained everything to us like no one ever did and with patients than he answered all of ours questions and concerns.

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Melba Fisher

2020

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My experience was outstanding as it always is at Southern Dental.  Very warm and friendly with excellent service.  I enjoy going to the dentist and don't have any anxiety.   Check them out! :)

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The team at ​Southern Dental Implant Center

​Southern Dental Implant Center

The board-certified dentists at ​Southern Dental Implant Center in Cordova, TN, provide patients in Memphis and the Mid-South area with state-of-the-art dental care using advanced technology. Our doctors are affiliated with many prestigious organizations, including:

  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • American Academy of Periodontology
  • American Board of Periodontology
  • American Dental Association

To learn more about our practice or to schedule an appointment at our Cordova, TN, dental office, contact us online or call (901) 756-0078.

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I have been a patient of Dr. Jason Collier's for many years and have always been treated with the utmost respect and professionalism. His staff is the friendliest dental staff I have ever encountered and I highly recommend this office for any dental needs! Kathleen M.

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