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Dental Bridge

Missing teeth can make it difficult to eat and speak properly, impacting your quality of life.

A dental bridge can fill the gap caused by one or more consecutive missing teeth, restoring the function and appearance of your smile.

Learn how the dentists at Thornton Dental Associates, P.C. in Washington, DC, can restore your smile with a dental bridge.

What Is a Dental Bridge?

There are two types of bridges: traditional dental bridges and implant-supported bridges. Both types are made up of anchoring teeth at either end of the bridge and the artificial teeth between them, called pontics.

Traditional Bridge

Traditional Bridge

A traditional bridge is supported by dental crowns placed over the two natural teeth at either end of the bridge. These crowned teeth are called abutment teeth. The abutment teeth support the pontics that replace the missing teeth.

Implant-Supported Bridge

Implant-Supported Bridge

A dental bridge can also be implant-supported, consisting of two dental implants that support the crowns and pontics. Implants provide stimulation to the jawbone to prevent the jawbone atrophy that can occur after tooth loss.

Candidates for a Dental Bridge

Good Oral Health

If you have existing gum disease or tooth decay, it will need to be treated before dental bridge placement. This ensures a healthy foundation for your new restoration.

Good Bone Density

For dental implants, sufficient bone material is required. If you suffer from bone atrophy, bone grafting may be needed before implant placement.

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Tooth loss is more common than you may think, but that doesn't mean you have to suffer. Our dentists, Dr. Will Thornton and Dr. Nathan Van der Linden, are experienced in a variety of restorative procedures to help restore your oral function and improve your quality of life. Our dentists continually study advancements in the field of dentistry to provide the most advanced and effective care possible.

Don't wait. Get the dental care you need by contacting us online or calling us at:

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Our team of dentists: Dr. Will Thornton and Dr. Nathan Van der Linden

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The Dental Bridge Treatment Process

The treatment timeline will vary depending on which type of dental bridge you need. If you choose an implant-supported bridge, the implants will need about three to six months to fuse to the jawbone before your dental bridge restoration can be placed. If you require preparatory treatment for issues such as gum disease, this can add to your treatment timeline as well.


During your consultation at our Washington, DC, dentistry practice, your dentist will examine your mouth and discuss your oral health history to determine if a dental bridge is right for you. For implant placement, we will refer you to one of our trusted oral surgeons, and our dental practice will handle the restoration.

Tooth Prep

For traditional bridges, the anchoring teeth are prepped to prepare for your new restoration. Your dentist will reshape the teeth to allow your dental bridge to fit properly and securely.


Your dentist will then take impressions of your mouth. Our practice uses iTero® digital impressions, eliminating the need for messy putty impressions. We will also color match your new dental bridge to your existing teeth so your bridge is as natural-looking as possible.


Your impressions will be sent to our trusted lab. It typically takes about two weeks for your bridge to be crafted. Once your dental bridge is done, it will be sent back to our Washington, DC, dental practice.


Once your dental bridge is ready, you will have an appointment for placement. For traditional bridges, your dentist will bond the crowns to the anchoring teeth. For implant-supported dental bridges, your dentist will place the abutments and secure the dental bridge to the dental implants. You can now enjoy your new smile.

Have more questions about dental bridge treatment? Send us a message.

Take a Look at Traditional
Dental Bridge Placement

The anchoring teeth are reshaped to allow the dental crowns to fit properly. These crowns support the artificial tooth or teeth.

See How an Implant-Supported
Bridge is Placed

An implant-supported bridge involves attaching two dental crowns to dental implants, which support the pontics between them. Dental implants provide stimulation to the jawbone to prevent atrophy and provide superior stability for your dental restoration.

Maintaining Your Dental Bridge

With proper care, your dental bridge can last 15 years or more. Our restorations are made of durable, quality materials that are designed to withstand years of use. Whether you have a traditional dental bridge or an implant-supported bridge, here are a few things to keep in mind to maintain your beautifully restored smile for years to come.

Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

Brush your teeth with a soft bristle brush for at least two minutes and floss twice a day to maintain good oral hygiene.

Be Mindful of Hard or Sticky Foods

Hard foods such as ice or sticky foods like caramel can cause damage to your dental bridge. Minimize hard or sticky foods or chew on the side without a restoration to protect your dental bridge.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly

Regular dental exams and cleanings can help ensure optimal oral health. This can help your dental bridge last for years to come.

Financing and Insurance

Our Washington, DC, dentistry practice accepts most insurance providers and plans, which can help reduce or even eliminate your out-of-pocket costs. For those without insurance, or to help finance costs not covered by insurance, we offer CareCredit®, which can help break your treatment costs into affordable monthly payments. Contact us today to learn more about insurance financing options.

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Dr. Will Thornton and Dr. Nathan Van der Linden

Thornton Dental Associates, P.C.

The friendly team of professionals at Thornton Dental Associates, P.C. provides comprehensive dental care to patients throughout Washington, DC. Dr. Will Thornton and Dr. Nathan Van der Linden are affiliated with prestigious organizations, including the:

- American Dental Association
- District of Columbia Dental Society

To request an appointment at our Washington, DC, dental office,
contact us online or call (202) 293-5805.

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