The Steps We Take To Create Custom Bridges

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When you lose a tooth, this means a gap is present in your smile that could complicate how you eat and speak. To fill this gap and restore function and beauty, we may prescribe a dental bridge. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist talks about the steps we take to design and create a custom-made dental bridge.

When You Need One

A dental bridge is a prosthetic designed to handle more minor cases of tooth loss, such as one to three teeth in a row. With that in mind, this could be essential when you lose a single tooth. Even one missing tooth could lead to complications like misalignment, tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ disorder, and even bruxism (teeth grinding). Without treatment, you could experience difficulties eating, or feel uncomfortable smiling. To improve quality of life and avoid further problems for your smile, let us know when you lose a tooth right away!

A Custom Approach

We know that every smile is different, and that a one-size-fits-all approach simply won’t work. Each bridge we attach to a smile is custom-made and fitted. We begin by removing structure from the abutment teeth, or the ones that sit on either side of the gap in your smile. Next, we take detailed images and measurements with digital technology. In a dental lab setting, we employ this information to aid in the design and fabrication of your bridge. The prosthetic will contain pontics, the term for new teeth, with crowns attached to each end. We craft them from ceramic, because this material is able to handle the bite forces and pressures expected of natural teeth. The material is also stain-resistant, translucent like tooth enamel, and can be shade to blend with the rest of your smile seamlessly.

Attaching Your New Prosthetic

When your new dental bridge is ready, you will return to the office. We will check the fit and make final adjustments if necessary. We want to ensure a comfortable fit and a balanced bite! We then attach the crowns to the abutment teeth with a powerful bonding agent. Your new teeth could last as long as 15 years, and you will need to brush and floss it to protect it. You also need to clean the spaces between the top of the gums and the bottom of the prosthetic. We will monitor your newly restored smile in follow-up checkup and cleaning visits! If you have any questions about our dental prosthetics, then contact our team today.


A custom dental prosthetic looks great and fits comfortably. To find out more about addressing the gaps in your smile, then please contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565.