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Fixed Dental Bridges in West Chester, PA

(610) 615 0160

Restore Your Smile with Fixed Dental BridgesWoman pointing finger at her teeth - Dentist in West Chester PA

Are you missing one or more teeth, making it difficult to properly chew anything, speak, or smile confidently? At Briglia Dental Group, led by West Chester, PA, dentist Dr. Ron Briglia, we understand the significant impact missing teeth can have on your daily life and self-esteem. That’s why we offer fixed dental bridges – a reliable and natural-looking solution to restore your smile’s function and appearance.  Learn more about the benefits of getting a brand new permanent bridge and how our practice can help you achieve a beautiful, healthy smile by dialing (610) 615-0160 if you’re a new patient or calling (610) 692-4440 if you’re an existing patient.

What are Fixed Dental Bridges?

Fixed dental bridges are prosthetic devices used to replace one or more missing teeth. They consist of artificial teeth (called pontics) that are anchored to the adjacent natural teeth or dental implants, effectively “bridging” the gap left by the missing tooth or teeth. Dental bridges restore your ability to chew and speak properly, maintain the natural shape of your face, and prevent the remaining teeth from shifting out of position.

Types of Fixed Dental Bridges

Traditional Dental Bridges

Traditional dental bridges are a type of bridge made of porcelain fused to metal or ceramic materials and are supported by dental crowns that are cemented onto the natural teeth on either side of the gap. They’re a popular and durable option for replacing multiple missing teeth.

Cantilever Dental Bridges

Unlike traditional bridges, a cantilever dental bridge is supported only on one side, making it suitable for areas where there are no existing teeth on one side of the gap. However, they may exert more pressure on the supporting teeth and are generally recommended for replacing front teeth only.

Maryland Dental Bridges

A Maryland dental bridge is a conservative option for patients who want to replace missing teeth. Maryland bridges involve creating a framework made of porcelain or metal that is bonded to the backs of the adjacent teeth. Maryland bonded bridges are less invasive than traditional bridges but may not be as strong or durable.

Implant-Supported Dental Bridges

Implant-supported dental bridges are a type of bridge, anchored by dental implants rather than natural teeth. They’re a long-lasting and stable solution, especially for those with multiple missing teeth. Implant-supported bridges help preserve the integrity of the remaining natural teeth.

Benefits of Fixed Dental Bridges

  • Regain the Confidence to Chew, Speak, and Smile Comfortably: Dental bridges restore missing teeth, allowing you to enjoy your favorite foods, communicate clearly, and beam with confidence in social interactions.
  • Preserve Facial Structure and Prevent Sagging: By filling the gaps left by missing teeth, dental bridges help maintain the natural contours of your face, preventing the sunken appearance that can result from tooth loss.
  • Keep Remaining Teeth Properly Aligned: A dental bridge acts as a stable anchor, preventing adjacent teeth from shifting out of position over time, thus preserving the alignment and integrity of your dental arch.
  • Evenly Distribute Biting and Chewing Forces: With missing teeth replaced by a dental bridge, the pressure from biting and chewing is distributed more evenly across your bite, reducing the strain on surrounding teeth and supporting structures.
  • Enjoy a Seamlessly Natural and Functional Tooth Replacement: Crafted to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth, dental bridges provide a lifelike appearance and restore functionality, allowing you to bite, chew, and speak with ease.
  • Elevate Self-Esteem and Enhance Overall Quality of Life: By restoring your smile and oral function, replacement tooth bridges can significantly boost your self-esteem, enabling you to enjoy a more fulfilling and confident lifestyle.

Who Qualifies for Fixed Dental Bridges?

You may qualify for a brand new permanent dental bridge if any of the following apply to you:

  • Oral Health: Candidates should have good overall oral health, free from active periodontal disease or untreated tooth decay. Any existing dental issues should be addressed before considering a dental bridge.
  • Sufficient Bone Support: Adequate bone support is essential to support the dental bridge. Candidates should have enough healthy bone structure in the jaw to anchor the bridge securely.
  • Missing Teeth: Fixed dental bridges are suitable for individuals who are missing one or more teeth in a row. 
  • Commitment to Oral Hygiene: Maintaining proper oral hygiene is crucial for the longevity of a fixed dental bridge. Candidates should be committed to regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups to prevent complications such as decay or gum disease.

The Fixed Dental Bridges Process

Initial Consultation

Before getting your new, permanent dental bridge, you’ll attend an initial consultation with your West Chester, PA, dentist, Dr. Briglia. He’ll have a detailed discussion with you to understand your needs and preferences and determine if a dental or permanent bridge, is the best solution for your missing teeth. Your consultation is a great time to ask any questions or voice any concerns you may have.

Tooth Extraction (If Needed)

If any damaged or decayed teeth need to be removed, Dr. Briglia will extract them. Patient comfort and safety are ensured with the use of local anesthetic. We also offer sedation dentistry options, including IV sedation and oral sedation, to further relax you and keep you pain-free.  

Precise Impressions

Detailed impressions of your teeth will be taken. These impressions will ensure that your custom-made fixed dental bridge fits perfectly with neighboring teeth.


Skilled technicians will carefully craft your dental bridge using advanced techniques and high-quality materials. They’ll follow Dr. Briglia’s specifications to ensure optimal aesthetics and functionality.

Personalized Fitting

Dr. Briglia will show you your new bridge and make sure it’s to your liking. Once we have your approval, Dr. Briglia will begin installing your dental bridge. He’ll make precise adjustments to ensure a comfortable and secure fit, allowing you to chew, speak, and smile naturally with renewed confidence.

Fixed Dental Bridge Aftercare

  1. Practice good oral hygiene by brushing twice a day and flossing daily to prevent plaque buildup and gum disease.
  2. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to gently clean your fixed bridge and surrounding teeth.
  3. Avoid biting down on hard foods or objects, as this can damage or dislodge your fixed bridge.
  4. If you experience any discomfort or looseness in your fixed bridge, contact your West Chester dentist immediately for an adjustment or repair.
  5. Maintain regular dental check-ups and professional cleanings with your West Chester dentist, Dr. Briglia, to ensure the longevity of your fixed dental bridge.
  6. Avoid habits like clenching or grinding your teeth, as this can put excess stress on your dental bridge.
  7. Rinse your mouth with an antibacterial mouthwash to help prevent infections and maintain good oral hygiene.
  8. If you smoke, consider quitting, as smoking can increase your risk of gum disease and other oral health issues.
  9. Wear a night guard or splint if you grind your teeth while sleeping to protect your dental bridge from excessive wear.
  10. Replace your dental bridge as recommended by Dr. Briglia, typically every five to 10 years, depending on your oral hygiene and habits.

Frequently Asked Questions 

With proper care and maintenance, dental bridges can last anywhere from five to 15 years or even longer. The exact longevity of your dental bridge procedure depends on factors such as your oral hygiene habits, the materials used, and the amount of wear and tear it endures.
No, dental bridges are fixed prosthetic devices that are permanently cemented or anchored to the supporting teeth or more traditional dental bridge implants. They can’t be removed like dentures or partial dentures.
Yes, dental bridges can be designed to replace one or more missing teeth, depending on the location and number of gaps in your mouth. The usual maximum amount of teeth a dental bridge can replace is around four.
Many dental insurance plans provide partial coverage for dental bridges, but the extent of coverage varies. It’s best to check with your insurance provider to understand your specific benefits and out-of-pocket costs.

Reclaim Your Smile with Permanent Dental Bridges, Call Today! 

If you’re tired of living with the discomfort and embarrassment of missing teeth, it’s time to restore your smile with dental bridges from Briglia Dental Group. West Chester dentist, Dr. Ron Briglia and his dedicated team are committed to providing exceptional care and personalized solutions for patients in West Chester, PA, and the surrounding areas of Chester Springs, Exton, Broomall, and Chadds Ford. Call (610) 615 0160 if you’re a new patient, or (610) 692 4440 if you’re already a patient, to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards a beautiful, functional smile.


Dr. Ron Briglia at Briglia Dental Group

Dr. Ron Briglia has been practicing dentistry since 1984. With decades of experience and extensive continuing education, Dr. Briglia provides the most comprehensive dental services.

He earned his Bachelor of Science from Gannon University and his Doctor of Dental Medicine from Temple University Dental School. He has received advanced training at prestigious organizations like Pankey and Las Vegas Institutes. He is IV and oral sedation-certified too.

Most of Dr. Briglia’s patients have continued with him in his family of patients for over 30 – 35 years, and the restorations he has provided them have lasted for 25-35 years – clear evidence of his skills and expertise.

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