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Dental Bridges – Tukwila, WA

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  • Restore Your Smile's Wholeness and Enhance Your Natural Beauty
  • Enjoy Improved Chewing Efficiency and Speaking Clarity
  • Say Goodbye to Gaps and Hello to a Seamless, Functional Smile
  • Preserve the Alignment of Your Teeth and Prevent Shifting
  • Experience Increased Confidence and a Renewed Sense of Self
  • Dental bridges for Tukwila, WA patients have long been used as an effective replacement for one or two teeth. A bridge can be placed in any area where there are healthy teeth on opposite sides of the empty space, which are used to anchor the bridge in place. Essentially, bridges involve placing two full coverage crowns over the teeth with a false crown suspended between them. As long as the abutment teeth are healthy, a fixed dental bridge is an option!

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    What are Dental Bridges?

    For one to two consecutive missing teeth, a dental bridge is a popular choice to fill in the gap. This restoration is made of dental crowns that are fused together, but the two end crowns are hollowed out to fit over the teeth that surround the missing ones. By anchoring to these healthy teeth, the dental bridge remains firmly in place over the gums while having a lifelike appearance and useful function.

    When you lose a tooth, adjacent teeth may shift and cause misalignment or malocclusion (bad bite). A missing tooth in your lower jaw can cause a tooth in the upper jaw to shift down into that space, placing undue stress on your teeth and jaw joints, as well as pain and potential damage. Missing teeth can also cause decay in adjacent teeth, lead to bone loss and eventual facial changes as the jawbone collapses.

    A dental bridge is a natural-looking alternative to dental implants to replace one or two missing teeth. Most bridges are made of a pontic tooth (false tooth) in the center cemented to crowned surrounding (abutment) teeth on each side of the gap. Dr. Timmerman prepares the abutment teeth in much the same way as a single crowned tooth and sends the impressions out to the dental lab to create the bridge.

    In addition to restoring oral function after tooth loss, a dental bridge in Tukwila, WA eliminates unsightly gaps in your smile, prevents remaining teeth from shifting and associated issues such as malocclusion.

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    Are Dental Bridges Right for Me?

    Dental bridges can be a suitable option for individuals seeking to replace missing teeth. These restorations are recommended when there are adjacent teeth on either side of the gap. A bridge consists of artificial teeth, known as pontics, which are held in place by dental crowns placed on the adjacent natural teeth. Bridges not only restore the appearance of your smile but also improve functionality, allowing you to chew and speak properly. Moreover, they help distribute bite forces evenly, preventing additional strain on surrounding teeth. Dental bridges are a reliable, long-lasting solution that can enhance both your dental health and self-confidence.

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    Faster Results, Less Pain, Better Outcomes

    For generations, the idea of going to the dentist’s office filled most people with dread and anxiety. Patients feared long waits in gloomy lobbies, hours upon hours in an operating chair, and endless amounts of poking and probing with painful tools that caused excessive amounts of bleeding.

    Dental Bridges FAQs

    Get answers to common questions about dental bridges, from what they are and how they work to their benefits and disadvantages.
    A dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic device that replaces one or more missing teeth. It consists of two or more crowns on the teeth on either side of the gap (called abutment teeth) and a false tooth or teeth in between (called pontics). The bridge fills in the gap left by missing teeth, restoring your smile and allowing you to eat and speak with confidence.
    The longevity of a dental bridge depends largely on how well you take care of it. With good oral hygiene habits including regular brushing, flossing, and visits to the dentist for checkups and cleanings, a dental bridge can last up to 15 years or longer.
    Yes, there are several types of dental bridges including traditional bridges, cantilever bridges, Maryland bridges, and implant-supported bridges. Your dentist will determine which type is best for your individual needs based on factors such as the location of the missing teeth and the condition of your surrounding teeth.
    No, getting a dental bridge typically does not involve pain. Your dentist will use local anesthesia to numb the area before placing the crowns and pontic(s), so you should only feel pressure during the procedure.
    The cost of a dental bridge varies depending on several factors including the type of bridge selected and the materials used. Traditional bridges tend to be less expensive than implant-supported bridges but may not be as durable in some cases.
    Not everyone is an ideal candidate for a dental bridge since it requires healthy teeth on either side of the gap for support. Additionally, certain medical conditions like gum disease may need to be addressed before the bridge can be placed.
    Caring for a dental bridge involves good oral hygiene habits including regular brushing, flossing, and visits to the dentist for checkups and cleanings. You should also avoid biting down on hard objects or eating sticky foods that could damage the bridge.
    The process for getting a dental bridge typically takes two or more visits to your dentist. During the first visit, your dentist will prepare the abutment teeth for crowns by removing some of their enamel and taking impressions of your mouth for the lab to make your bridge. A temporary bridge will be placed until the final one is ready. During the second visit, your dentist will remove the temporary bridge and place your final restoration.
    As with any dental procedure, there is always some level of risk involved such as infection or complications related to anesthesia. However, these risks are rare and typically easily managed with prompt treatment.
    If you have one or more missing teeth and healthy teeth on either side of the gap, a dental bridge may be an excellent option to restore your smile and oral health. Schedule a consultation with your dentist today to discuss whether a dental bridge is right for you.
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    Get to Know Lance Timmerman, DMD, PS

    Born and raised in Kirkland, Dr. Timmerman believes that a true dentist is also an artist, and he even displays works of art in our dental office (including a sculpture he made with his own hands) to demonstrate his aesthetic-minded eye.

    Seeing people smile brighter after their appointments is always a joy, which is why his dental office is open to new patients and families who are ready to achieve the dental health and happiness they deserve. If you’d like to learn more about him, just keep reading below.

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    10 months ago
    Lance and staff do great work. Lance is a very talented dentist. Gail cleaned my teeth today and she’s a soothing soul. Nice to have someone like that in a dental office😉
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    1 year ago
    I have lived in the south Seattle area for 10 years and this is by far the best Dental office I have found in the area. Fast, efficient, and pleasant service. Exceptionally skilled and experienced staff. The dental work I have had done at this office is, hands down, the best quality I have ever had done (and I have had a lot done) Exceptional. Highly recommended.
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    1 year ago
    If you have embarrassment or fears concerning your teeth /mouth condition this is the place to come. Very professional! They put you immediately at ease. My teeth are in horrible condition. It was difficult for me to even make the apt as I’m so embarrassed to even open my mouth. From the receptionist to the doctor I was treated as if I was the only patient they had that day. They even helped me get financing! Make the call today you won’t be sorry.
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    1 year ago
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    1 year ago
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    2 years ago
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