Exploring Dental Bridges

An In-depth Look at Tooth Replacement

Dental Bridges in Kokomo Family Dentistry

Welcome to Kokomo Family Dentistry, where we are devoted to enhancing and restoring the natural beauty of your smile. We’re proud to offer a wide range of dental services, including dental bridges as an esthetic and functional solution for replacing missing teeth.

Dental bridges are one of the most effective solutions for replacing missing teeth. As the name suggests, they bridge the gap created by one or more missing teeth. A dental bridge is made up of two or more crowns for the teeth on either side of the gap (these two or more anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth) and a filler tooth/teeth connected in between called pontic(s).

The importance of dental bridges goes beyond aesthetics. They help maintain the shape of your face, alleviate stress on your bite, and restore your ability to properly chew and speak.

Additionally, they prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position, which could lead to other dental issues. By filling gaps left by missing teeth, dental bridges help ensure long-term oral health.

In our commitment to provide the most convenient and efficient service possible, Kokomo Family Dentistry offers same day bridges. Traditionally, getting a dental bridge required at least two visits to the dentist. But with the advent of new technology, we can now design, fabricate, and place a custom-fit bridge in just a single visit. This means you can walk out of our office with a restored smile, no follow-up appointment needed. Stay tuned as we delve deeper into this innovative dental procedure in the sections to come.


Dental bridges offer a multitude of benefits, from restoring your smile to improving oral functionality and preventing further dental complications.

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Restoring Smile and Facial Aesthetics: The most immediate benefit of a dental bridge is the restoration of your smile. By replacing missing teeth, dental bridges allow you to smile with confidence once again. Moreover, bridges help maintain your face's natural shape. When teeth are lost, it can lead to a sunken-in appearance, but a dental bridge prevents this by providing the necessary support structure.

Improving Oral Functionality: Dental bridges restore the ability to chew and speak properly.  Missing teeth can make these everyday tasks challenging, but by filling in the gaps, dental bridges restore these essential functions. The artificial teeth used in bridges are designed to withstand the pressure of chewing, allowing you to enjoy all your favorite foods without discomfort or difficulty.

Preventing Further Dental Complications: Missing teeth can lead to a host of other dental problems if not addressed. The remaining teeth can shift, leading to a bad bite and potentially causing issues with jaw joint function. Dental bridges fill the gap left by missing teeth, keeping the remaining teeth in place and helping to prevent these complications. In addition, by replacing missing teeth, dental bridges can also help mitigate issues such as tooth decay and gum disease.

At Kokomo Family Dentistry, we're committed to providing solutions that not only enhance your smile but also promote long-term oral health. Our dental bridges are custom-made to ensure a perfect fit and a natural look, helping you smile, eat, and speak with confidence.

Dental technology has come a long way, and one of the most exciting advancements is the development of same day bridges. Here's what you need to know about this innovative procedure.

An Adult Female Undergoing Dental Bridges Procedure in Kokomo Family Dentistry

What are Same Day Bridges?
Same day bridges, as the name suggests, are dental bridges that can be created and placed in a single appointment. This treatment eliminates the need for multiple visits, temporary bridges, or waiting for a dental lab to fabricate your bridge. Instead, the bridge is designed, milled, and fitted in just one visit to our office.

How are They Different from Traditional Bridges?
The main difference between same day bridges and traditional bridges is the time involved. Traditional bridges usually require at least two appointments - one for preparing the teeth and taking an impression, which is sent to a dental lab for fabrication, and another for fitting the permanent bridge. In contrast, same day bridges streamline this process into a single appointment, saving you time and providing immediate results.

The Technology Behind Same Day Bridges: CAD/CAM
The technology that makes same day bridges possible is known as CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing). This technology uses a specialized camera to take a 3D image of your teeth. The image is then used to create a digital model of your bridge, which is sent to an in-office milling machine. The machine carves the bridge from a block of ceramic or zirconia in a matter of minutes, ready to be bonded to your teeth.

With CAD/CAM technology, we can provide precise, efficient, and convenient restorative care. At Kokomo Family Dentistry, we're proud to offer same day bridges as part of our commitment to providing the best dental care possible.

The process of getting same day bridges is straightforward and efficient, thanks to modern dental technology.

Initial Consultation and Examination: Your journey towards a same day bridge begins with an initial consultation and examination. During this appointment, your dentist will evaluate the condition of your teeth and determine if a bridge is the best treatment option to replace your missing tooth/teeth. This usually involves a visual examination and x-rays. If a bridge is recommended, your dentist will then prepare your teeth adjacent to the missing space for a bridge by removing any decay and reshaping them as required.

Designing the Bridge Using Digital Impressions: Once your teeth are prepared, the next step is to design the bridge. This is done using a special camera that takes a 3D digital impression of your teeth. The image is then used to create a virtual model of your teeth on a computer. Your dentist will use this model to design a bridge that fits perfectly and matches the shape and color of your natural teeth.

Dental Bridges Procedure in Kokomo Family Dentistry

Fabrication and Fitting of the Bridge: After the design is complete, it’s time to fabricate the bridge. This is done using a CAD/CAM (Computer-Aided Design/Computer-Aided Manufacturing) milling machine, which carves your bridge out of a ceramic or zirconia block in a matter of minutes. Once the bridge is ready, your dentist will check its fit and make any necessary adjustments. The bridge is then bonded to your teeth, and you’re ready to go with your new, restored smile.

Same day bridges offer a convenient, efficient solution to restore damaged teeth. At Kokomo Family Dentistry, we’re proud to offer this advanced treatment to our patients.

Same day bridges bring a multitude of benefits to the patient. Not only do they streamline the restorative process, but they also offer high-quality results that can last for years.

Quick and Convenient Procedure: One of the most significant advantages of same day bridges is the convenience they offer. Traditional bridges require at least two visits to the dentist, a temporary bridge, and a wait period of one to two weeks while the permanent bridge is being made. With same day bridges, all these steps are eliminated. The entire process, from preparation to placement, is completed in a single appointment.

High Precision and Fit: Same day bridges are designed using CAD/CAM technology, which takes a 3D digital impression of your teeth. This allows for a level of precision that is hard to achieve with traditional impression methods. The result is a bridge that fits perfectly and requires fewer adjustments.

Quality Materials for Long-Lasting Results: Same day bridges are made from high-quality ceramic or zirconia materials. These materials are not only durable but also mimic the look and feel of natural teeth. With proper care, same day bridges can last for many years, providing a long-lasting solution for missing teeth.

Same day bridges represent a significant advancement in dental restoration. At Kokomo Family Dentistry, we’re proud to offer this state-of-the-art treatment to our patients.

Dental health is an integral part of our overall well-being, and advancements in technology are making it easier to maintain and restore our smiles.

Dental bridges play a crucial role in restorative dentistry. Dental bridges fill the gap left by missing teeth, restoring function and aesthetics to your smile. They’re a reliable and time-tested solution that can last for many years with proper care.

Thanks to CAD/CAM technology, you can now have a custom-made, high-quality bridge in just one appointment. This not only saves time but also ensures a precise fit and long-lasting results.

If you’re dealing with a missing tooth, consider the benefits of dental bridges. These treatments offer efficient, durable solutions that can enhance your oral health and boost your confidence.

Remember, your smile is one of your most valuable assets. At Kokomo Family Dentistry, we’re committed to helping you keep it healthy and beautiful. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us to learn more about these and other dental restoration options.

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