Dear patients and friends,

We are following the COVID-19 developments closely and are adhering to the ADA and ISDS guidelines for patient care.

Trisha and Lexi will be in the office Monday - Friday from 9am-12:30 pm to answer your questions, make future appointments and forward emergency calls to Dr. Herlihey.

We plan on seeing limited patients beginning on May 4. We hope that everyone is well and following safe practices to help stop the spread of this virus.

Take care everyone and we hope to see you soon!

Dental Bridge

If you are missing teeth due to trauma, gum disease, or untreated cavities, you may struggle to eat, speak, and smile with confidence.

A dental bridge is a completely customized set of prosthetic teeth that fills the gap in your smile and provides lasting comfort.

Curious what a dental bridge can do for you

A Dental Bridge Can Restore Balance and Function to Your Smile

A bridge renews your ability to chew and speak properly.
A bridge not only immediately improves your quality of life, but also prevents surrounding teeth from shifting. This lowers your risk of misalignment in the future.

Bridges are custom-made to blend with your natural teeth. 
Your dentist can create a stunning bridge that fits seamlessly into your smile and complements your unique facial features.

A bridge can be supported by dental implants.
If you choose an implant-supported restoration, your healthy teeth will not need to be altered to support a bridge. 

Now let us show you how a bridge works... 

A Bridge Can Replace One to Three Consecutive Teeth in a Single Treatment

Both traditional and implant-retained bridges improve daily function...

But Will My Dental Bridge Look and Feel Natural?

When carefully designed by a dentist and expertly manufactured by a laboratory, a dental bridge can provide natural-looking results for up to 15 years or more after placement

Prior to placing your bridge, your dentist will conduct a bite assessment to ensure that your new prosthetic fits comfortably in your smile. There are a variety of materials that can be used to craft bridges, including porcelain, zirconia, and porcelain-fused-to-metal. Your dentist can help you choose the best type for you based on your budget and goals.

Are you wondering what to expect during treatment

After reshaping your surrounding teeth to make room for your dental bridge, your dentist will cement the restoration in place. 

Traditional vs. Implant-Supported Bridge

For a Traditional Bridge

Your dentist will resize your surrounding teeth to make room for your dental bridge and the supporting dental crowns.

He or she will then take impressions of your smile to design a bridge that looks and feels very natural for years to come.

Your impressions will be sent to a lab, where a skilled technician will create your custom bridge.

Once your dental bridge is ready for placement, your dentist will secure it in place using dental cement.

For an Implant-Supported Bridge

Your dentist will perform dental implant surgery.

Four to six months later, your dentist will place your abutments and take impressions of your smile.

Your impressions will be sent to a trusted lab.

When your permanent bridge is ready, your dentist will secure it to your dental implants.

Still not sure whether a dental bridge is the best choice for you?

Understand Your Options

If you need to replace a single tooth, you may consider the benefits of an implant-supported crown. However, if you are missing several teeth or an entire arch, you may qualify for implant-supported dentures.

A bridge is a custom tooth replacement solution that can be tailored to your budget and long-term goals. If you are missing teeth, you should receive treatment as soon as possible to prevent more widespread damage. Schedule an appointment today to protect your smile.

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"Hands down the best dentist I've ever had! Dr. Herlihey always makes sure you're comfortable and taken care of. He even calls the evening of a procedure to make sure you're doing okay and answer any new questions you may have. The staff is always extremely friendly and professional! Such an excellent establishment!" Cara N.

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