A dental bridge is a replacement for one or more missing teeth that is fixed in place and not removable. The bridge can be made to look and feel like a tooth was never lost, it functions like a tooth and is extremely durable.

If a person is missing a tooth in the front or back of the mouth a number of changes will occur (all bad) if that tooth is not replaced. The problems are:

  • The teeth next to the missing tooth tend to tip over.
  • The tooth above or below the missing tooth that used to have a tooth to bite against now begins to move into the missing space.
  • Gaps begin to open between the teeth near the missing tooth.
  • Food trapping decay, periodontal disease, and bad breath all follow in the wake of this missing tooth.

Replacing a Lost Tooth

Some of the options available today to replace a missing tooth are:

  • A bridge (a not removable tooth replacement)
  • An implant
  • A partial denture (a removable tooth replacement)

“Bridge” is a good word for these dental appliances because the dental bridge is fitted to the tooth on either side of the missing tooth, much like a bridge crosses over a river by resting on two banks. These anchor teeth are slightly shaped to allow a crown to be placed over them, and are joined by a middle tooth which will replace the missing tooth. When the bridge is bonded or cemented into place the replacement tooth has the good looks and strength of the original tooth.

Our dentist has placed many of bridges and our patients have found them to be comfortable, very functional, very natural and aesthetic looking. Patients even forget that it is not their natural tooth!

If you are missing a tooth, call 314-862-1118 right now and schedule your visit for a consultation on getting your missing tooth replaced.

What Our Patients Say

One day during my morning prayer and meditation I had to look up the word honorable. The word is rich in meaning and implies the purest, highest, noblest kind of goodness. Honorable means “lovely”, “winsome”, “gracious”, “noble” and “excellent’. Your name, Winsome, definitely describes your character and your practice. God bless and keep you!!!

Jan Paul

Since having my first traumatic experience as a 9 year old with an army dentist I was always anxious about going to the dentist; my muscles would get tense, and I would grip the arms of the dentist chair, anticipating the worst.
But what a difference Dr. Ward has made in my previously harrowing experiences with dentists. With her calm caring manner and soothing touch, I actually became more relaxed in the dentist chair. What a relief!

Then as a bonus, there are times she would softly hum a tune which even makes me more calm, like a mother soothing an anxious baby – I guess I must have been a big baby when it came to dentists, but not anymore! Thank God for Dr. Ward! And her friendly staff aren’t too bad either.

Deanna Little

Dr. Ward, I want you to know how much I appreciate the care I have received here. I am so happy with the improvement in my gums, and it is because of your emphasis on preventive oral care. It has made a huge difference, and I thank you.

Dave Diaz

Very gentle, very competent. I am very appreciative of your skill and skill of your staff. Thanks.

Shawna Silva

Beginning in 1995 Dr. Ward took over my dental care. She has proven to be as painless as I believe possible. My bridges have performed perfectly. My extractions have been very few, and my partial is working without incident. I recommend that anyone needing dental work consider using Dr. Ward.

Rudolph Hughes