Essential Dental Bridge Knowledge

If you are unfamiliar with dental bridges, you will have a hard time grasping implant-retained bridges. As a result, we would like to provide you with a refresher regarding what makes a bridge a bridge, so becoming knowledgeable is easy (rather than a struggle). Let’s make our way through the basics and head toward concentrated knowledge regarding implant support.

About Dental Bridges

It’s important to recognize that a bridge is unlike a partial or full denture. It’s a way to replace one missing tooth or up to three missing teeth. However, unlike the way you can replace any pattern of missing teeth with a partial, the construction of a bridge warrants only the replacement of side-by-side teeth. Why? Well, a bridge is one unit, which is composed of side-by-side artificial teeth. As a result, it can only replace a single, continuous open space instead of sporadic openings.

How It All Works

A dental bridge works by receiving support on either end (each end is comprised of one dental crown). With a traditional bridge, each crown receives support from a tooth. The space between those teeth is then filled with artificial teeth we call pontics, which are all connected.

About Implant Support

Instead of placing the end crowns over your teeth, we will surgically place dental implant posts to act as the bridge’s anchor. We will then secure the crowns over the posts, replicating the traditional approach to placing a bridge without the need for natural anchor teeth. Just like we bond crowns to teeth, we will fix the crowns to your implants for stable, fixed wear.


Dr. Colin Lathrop and the Lathrop Dental Center proudly welcome patients and families from in and around Katy, TX, including Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, and all surrounding communities. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, you can reach our implant dentistry office in Katy, TX, by calling 832-437-3849.

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