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Dental Bridges in St. Petersburg, FL

Coast Dental
St. Petersburg

Gateway Market Center
7801 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. St N
St. Petersburg, FL  33702
(727) 525-4499

Dentist Office Hours

Monday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Tuesday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Wednesday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Thursday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Friday: 8:30am – 5:00pm
Saturday: CLOSED
Sunday: CLOSED

Dental Bridges

Missing teeth can cause a large number of problems, from impacting your appearance and self-confidence to making it difficult to eat or speak. One way to solve these problems is by replacing the missing tooth or teeth with a Coast Dental St. Petersburg dental bridge in St. Petersburg, FL.

A bridge is a prosthesis (replacement part) that spans the gap with one or more artificial teeth. The artificial tooth is called a “pontic” after the French “pont” for bridge. The healthy adjacent teeth, called abutments, provide support on either side – just like a bridge spanning a canyon.

In order for the abutment teeth to provide this crucial support, they must be crowned or “capped.” First, the abutment teeth are prepared by removing their enamel and creating enough space for the crowns to fit over them and completely cover them. The crowns on the abutment teeth will be attached to the pontic in between. The pontic is really just another crown; the difference is that it has no tooth underneath.

Building a Bridge

If you have one missing tooth, your bridgework in St. Petersburg will require two crowns and a pontic. The crowns will cover abutment teeth on either side of the gap caused by the missing tooth. These two crowned abutment teeth will then become supports for the pontic placed in between them, filling the empty space. This arrangement is known as a three-unit bridge.

If more than one tooth is missing, more crowns will be needed to bridge the gap in between the abutment teeth. More abutment teeth may also be needed to support the longer bridge. Our dentists in St. Petersburg will consider the number of missing teeth, the size and length of the abutment tooth roots, the amount of bone support each abutment tooth has, as well as the location of the missing teeth to determine the best type of bridge to create. For example, if you have three missing teeth, four abutment teeth may be necessary, thereby creating a seven-tooth bridge. Understanding how to replace teeth requires an understanding of the biology of the gums and bone tissue as well as how to engineer and design a bridge.

What to Expect

Getting bridgework usually takes two visits to the dentist in St. Petersburg. During your first visit, we will prepare your abutment teeth, using local anesthesia to minimize any discomfort from drilling. We will then take a mold of your prepared teeth using a putty-like impression material, or we may create a 3D model using digital scanning equipment. The 3D models of your teeth will aid the dental laboratory technicians who will make your bridge. We will give you a temporary bridge to wear before you leave the office.

At your next visit, we may be ready to cement your permanent bridge in place. A brief transition period may follow as you become accustomed to the feel of the new bridge against your lips, tongue, and cheeks.

Crowns and bridgework require the same home care as all your other teeth. Be sure to brush and floss all of your teeth – natural and replacement – every day to reduce the build-up of dental plaque. When you have a bridge, it’s even more important to keep your appointments for cleanings at the dental office in St. Petersburg. A well-maintained bridge can last for a long time. Schedule your appointment today, call (727) 525-4499.

Coast Dental Services

Our dentist in Port St. Petersburg offers the following Dentistry Services:

Apexification
Apexogenesis
Apicoectomy
Bone Grafting
ClearCorrect® Aligners
CoastClear Aligners®
Cosmetic Services
Crown Lengthening
Dental Bonding
Dental Bridges
Dental Crowns
Dental Exams
Dental Fillings
Dental Implants
Dental Laser Therapy
Dental Sealants
Dentures & Partials
Emergency Dental Exams
Endodontic Surgery
Family Dental Services
Implant Restorations
Invisalign®
Mouthguards
Oral Cancer Screening
Pediatric Crowns
Pediatric Dentistry
Periodontal Disease
Preventive Services
Pulpectomy
Pulpotomy
Restorative Dentistry
Ridge Augmentation
Root Canals
Root Canals in Children
Sedation Dentistry
Teeth Cleanings
Teeth Whitening
Tooth Extractions
Tori Removal

You can count on Coast Dental to keep your smile healthy and beautiful.

Emergency Dentistry

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General Dentistry

Check-ups and cleanings

In-need comprehensive dentistry services? Look no further than Coast Dental! Book your Dental Check-Ups and Teeth Cleanings Today.

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All Other Appointments

All Other Appointments

Contact Coast Dental today to schedule an appointment for Cosmetic, Restorative, and Specialty Services.

Patient Comfort and Satisfaction at Coast Dental St. Petersburg are our Top Priorities.

At Coast Dental St. Petersburg, we want to make your visit as pleasant and stress-free as possible. We take the time to get to know you, answer all your questions, and create a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and goals. Your oral health and wellbeing are our top priority, and we are committed to helping you smile with confidence for years to come.

Contact Us Today!

Ready to experience the best dental care in St. Petersburg, FL?

Contact us today at (727) 525-4499 to schedule an appointment at our St. Petersburg dentist office. 

Our friendly staff and experienced team are here to answer all your questions and address any concerns you may have. 

Let us help you achieve optimal oral health and a beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime!

Coast Dental St. Petersburg: Dentist Office Reviews

See what our patients in St. Petersburg, FL are saying about their experience at Coast Dental St. Petersburg:

R.B.
R.B.
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The dental assistant was very helpful and friendly, and kind, and also the orthodontist was very informative and helpful, and kind, and explained everything to me that she was doing to my tooth, and she made sure I was comfortable, calm, and had a smooth transition throughout the whole procedure, and the front desk receptionist was very friendly and helpful, and very accommodating, and kind as well. I would recommend Coast Dental to anyone for any dental work you need to get done. This place is always busy with that being said that says how valuable they are, and that's value in itself, and I loved my dentist and dental assistant as well very much so. They are the best place to go to for dental work to be done! I also have to come back to finish up my root canal. But I am way more comfortable, and calm about coming back to Coast Dental this second time around, and they made me feel very welcomed there, and cared about and for me, and loved by them like I'm family to them too. They are amazing.
A.M.
A.M.
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I genuinely cannot thank Dr. Gardner, Astrid, and Alana enough for the exceptional care and service they provide each and every visit. My recent visits have pertained to fillings, and not once have I ever experienced discomfort or pain due to a procedure. In fact, Dr. Gardner and Astrid are adamant in assuring everything is going smoothly. The front desk is accommodating and friendly. As an entirety, it’s a wonderful office. It is always fairly busy, and that in itself shows the value of this office; they have several patients who value the facility and the staff. I highly recommend this dental office!
T.M.
T.M.
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The staff was great and my dentist so nice and explained things to me . He told me the price after my insurance and I paid the difference and there was no problems. I like that . His assistant and front desk were great . The lady Mary that cleaned my teeth did a pnemonenal job. It was a deep cleaning. I like 👍 the honesty and the dentist did not try to push things on me . Like that too
N.Q.
N.Q.
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I came today as a new patient, the staff is very friendly, the front desk Stephany did help me with everything I needed. I didn’t have to wait long time, the hygienist Dormary did my cleaning and she was very professional and explained to me every detail. Definitely recommend this office, I will come back :)
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