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Dental Bridges


Affordable Tooth Replacement

Dental bridgework is one of the most well known solutions for missing teeth. Not much can compare to the affordability and versatility of dental bridgework, you can replace one tooth or several teeth using a bridge.


Dr. Koeppel uses many different materials and techniques when it comes to fabricating a bridge right for each situation. Zirconia, porcelain, and high nobel gold are all materials possibly used for each dental bridge. 


Differences in Bridgework Materials


Before, all ceramic bridges were unheard of. With recent dental technological advances, Dr. Koeppel is able to place all porcelain bridges almost anywhere! Allowing for superior esthetics and optimal bite relationships.


Dr. Koeppel always studies the area of the mouth he will be placing a bridge before making a decision on the material to be used. Each patients bite dynamics and occlusal forces are evaluated and then, with the patient, Dr. Koeppel decides which material will function the best for the purpose.


Those with hard biting forces, and broad smiles are usually recommended a high nobel gold framework under a layered porcelain shell. This allows for supreme esthetics and superior occlusal force to withstand the magnitude of the bite. With artistic detail Dr. Koeppel creates breathtaking smile line PFM (porcelain fused to metal) bridges that appear to be natural teeth matching the others flawlessly. 


When it comes to esthetics, nothing beats all porcelain. Dr. Koeppel uses the Lava, zirconia and Emax brand porcelain to allow for some natural light and translucency to appear in the teeth. Making it the choice for esthetically driven treatment plans. Also, patients who have the unusual ability to taste the metallic components of dental restoration products are evaluated for porcelain bridge treatment.


Maryland Bridges


Maryland bridges are usually used to replace one missing tooth in anterior (front) teeth. A major advantage of this type of bridge is that the adjacent teeth require no prep or very minimal prep, unlike traditional bridges. Because there is no major prep to the adjacent teeth, this solution requires much less expense since there is no need to retreat anchor teeth. Also, a Maryland bridge can be phased out into an implant crown at a later time allowing for a more stable solution.


Implant Supported Bridges


When a patient is missing teeth, and there are no anchor teeth surrounding the space, an implant bridge is often utilized. Implants are placed, and a temporary bridge is attached until the implants and bone have integrated properly (osseointegration). A final porcelain fused to metal bridge is screwed in and retained by two or more implants, allowing for maximum stability.


During the initial examination, Dr. Koeppel gathers data in order to evaluate all choices possible and decides, with the patient, which bridge would be the best fit for them.



Call our office at (631) 318-0000 to schedule a consult to learn more about the different choices of products and technologies Dr. Koeppel provides patients who are considering dental bridges.


Patients with specific questions about bridgework dentistry or additional conditions are invited to contact Dr. Koeppel directly with our on-line Ask The Dentist form. Dr. Koeppel will respond directly with the answers and information you are seeking.

Ovate Pontic Forms Gum

Tissue Porcelain Bridge(During Insertion)

Patient Anthony Metal Lingual Bridge

Great Esthetics PFM

Patient Anthony Little Clearance Needed

Metal Linguals Great Esthetics

Temporary-Maryland Bridge Holds

Space For Future Implant