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4.9 Stars | 488 Reviews

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Dental Bridges

At Smiles for Life, serving the Harrisonburg, VA, area, we offer traditional and implant-supported bridges to replace missing teeth.
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What is a Dental Bridge?

We understand that your smile is an important part of who you are; missing teeth can take a serious toll on your health and self-esteem.

Dental bridges are one of the remarkable restorative options we offer. These customized restorations are meticulously crafted to seamlessly blend with your natural smile in terms of fit, function, and aesthetics. By bridging the gap created by missing teeth, dental bridges restore your ability to bite, chew, and speak properly, enhancing your overall oral function.

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Are Patients Who Choose Bridges Happy With Their Results?

This patient has implant-retained, fixed bridges on his upper and lower arches that blend in with his natural smile.

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How Bone Grafts Help

A dental bridge, or pontic, is designed to replace missing teeth. The custom restoration can be supported by neighboring teeth or by dental implants.

Traditional Bridges

A dental bridge, sometimes called a partial denture, is designed to replace one or more missing teeth to restore the balance, function, and appearance of your smile. Traditional bridges, or the pontic, rely on dental crowns that are placed on each adjacent healthy tooth for support.

This approach offers several benefits to patients. Total treatment time is much quicker because surgery is not required. This also results in a lower treatment cost. In many cases, dental insurance will cover the full cost of a traditional bridge. In addition, implant-retained restorations offer the best stability.

The downside is that traditional bridges require each healthy surrounding tooth to be shaved down to accommodate the Dental Crowns; also, this dentistry treatment doesn’t prevent jawbone atrophy, which results in changes in the shape of the dental arches and face over time.

Implant-Supported Bridges

Bridges can be attached to Dental Implants, which are titanium posts designed to replace lost tooth roots.

Implants require surgery, but they allow you to avoid the alteration of healthy teeth, and are the only solution that can prevent jawbone atrophy after teeth have been lost.

Though implants require a greater investment of time and money than a traditional bridge, we usually recommend that patients consider this option due to the many benefits it provides.

If you are in good periodontal health and are a non-smoker, you are likely a candidate for dental implants.

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Enjoy a Complete Smile Again with Dental Bridges

Take the initiative to restore your smile today with our dental bridges! Don't take a chance on having an incomplete grin, start making a difference in your life now. Experience quality results at an affordable cost and enjoy the comfort of having a complete smile again.

Dental Bridge Candidacy

At Smiles for Life, During your initial dental consultation, our dentists will perform an exam with detailed x-rays and scans to determine your candidacy for traditional or implant-retained dental bridges.

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We understand that dental procedures can be a financial consideration. That’s why we accept many types of insurance and will work with your provider to get as much coverage as possible for your restorative dental services. Our knowledgeable team will assist you in navigating the insurance process, maximizing your benefits, and minimizing any out-of-pocket expenses.

In addition, we offer flexible financing options to make your restorative dental care more affordable. We accept financing plans with convenient monthly payments from Compassionate Finance™, CareCredit®, and LendingClub®. These reputable financing providers can help you break down the cost of your treatment into manageable installments, allowing you to prioritize your oral health without undue financial strain.

Experience the life-changing benefits of restorative dentistry as we help you regain a healthy, functional, and beautiful smile. With our expertise, commitment to excellence, and dedication to your comfort and satisfaction, we will work closely with you to create a customized treatment plan that meets your unique goals and needs.

Don’t let missing teeth hold you back any longer. Take the first step towards a revitalized smile by scheduling a consultation at Smiles For Life Dental Care. Let us help you restore your smile, renew your confidence, and embrace a brighter future filled with self-assurance and joy.

The Bone Graft Process

Bone grafting is a procedure used to restore and strengthen the jawbone before dental implant placement.
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Anesthesia

Depending on your treatment needs, we can offer sedation dentistry options such as oral medication to help you feel comfortable throughout treatment.
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Preparation

The treatment area is prepared for your bridge. This will either involve removing some enamel from adjacent teeth to accommodate the crowns of a traditional bridge or the placement of dental implants. If implants are placed, you will require a three to six month healing period at this point.
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Impressions

Our dentists will take impressions of the tooth and send them to our dental lab to fabricate the bridge.
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Fabrication

Skilled technicians will customize your bridge, or pontic, to replace your missing teeth and blend in with your smile. Crowns will be added to the prosthesis if we are placing a traditional bridge. The fabrication process can take about two weeks.
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Temporary Restorations

In many cases, we can place a temporary bridge to restore your oral health and appearance while you wait for healing and the fabrication of the custom bridge.
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Custom Bridge Placement

When your bridge is complete, our dentists will check to make sure it fits comfortably before bonding it into place.
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Meet The Team

Experience dental care backed by expert and compassionate dentists. Trust in the skill and empathy of our dental professionals.

Our Smiles for Life Patients Know

That They Can Rely On Us
Linda Clague
5/5

Alex, . Morgan, and Dr Geo are very personable and professional. I felt very relaxed the entire visit.I especially appreciated Dr. Geo's careful mouth and teeth exam. They explained everything step by step and allowed time for questions.

Mclatt
5/5

On my first visit I meet Becky, we sat down and talked about everything they do there and she allowed me to tell her about my issues with my teeth and she felt that they could help me with my problem. This is the first time I have ever been able to explain, in detail, about my past and present experiences with my dental problems. She made me feel very comfortable in taking about my care and what I would like to have done with my denture issue's. I have set up my next appointment to have x-rays done and feel very good about that! I'm looking forward to my visit and what they have to say about fixing my problem .

Dolly Kite
5/5

My dad had the appt there at the office for a broken tooth. They worked him in and made the experience as pleasant as possible for an 86 year old man. I appreciate the care, understanding and patience for him. Great visit! Great Doctor!!

beverly morris
5/5

I go to smiles for life I can't thank them enough for there kindness and caring I really like Dr Geo there all awesome but he's my favorite ♥️ they are all very friendly and make you feel very comfortable just like one big Happy family

Lynn Reedy
5/5

The best staff !! The most friendly staff of any dentist office I have ever been too. Dr Geo is the best. Super friendly. Recommend this dentist office to any one especially if you have a fear of dentist (as I myself ).

Warren Wise
5/5

Just had my first visit with Dr. Whiting at Smiles for Life in Bridgewater. My welcome to the office was warm and inviting. The dental assistant was professional, proficient, and very gentle. Dr.Whiting is very good at explaining problems he saw with my teeth and outline options for addressing those problems.

Jennifer Harper
5/5

Cathy Batton is an amazing hygienist and is so gentle but very thorough. She is very kind, and I am always happy to see her when I go to the dentist! She makes going to the dentist more fun!

Sandy Miller
5/5

I love Cathy!! She does a great job and is always very personable and professional. Give her a raise!! 😊 Everyone at Smiles for Life is great! If you’re looking for a dentist, I would highly recommend them.

Smile Like Never Before with a Set of Dental Implants

The perfect time is now, to take control of your smile and freshen up your look! With a set of dental implants, you can upgrade your smile like never before. Claim the confidence you deserve today with a lasting dental solution that will make you grin from ear to ear!
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