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Dental Bridges

If you are missing one or more consecutive teeth, you may struggle to eat and speak properly.

A dental bridge can fill in the gap and allow you to enjoy those simple pleasures once more. 

Dr. Tim Kelly in Albuquerque, NM, can help you restore your smile with a stunning dental bridge that looks completely natural.

What Is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a restorative dentistry solution used to replace missing teeth. They are designed to look just like your natural teeth. We provide two primary types of dental bridges:

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Traditional Bridge

A traditional bridge consists of dental crowns placed on two anchoring teeth, one on either side of the gap. These anchoring teeth support one or more artificial teeth called pontics. 

Implant-Supported Bridge

Implant-Supported Bridge

A dental bridge can also be supported by implants. Dental implant-supported dental crowns are placed on either side of the gap to support the pontics. This avoids the need to crown healthy teeth.

Implants Stop Jaw Atrophy

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Dental implants act as artificial tooth roots to provide the same jaw stimulation a natural tooth root provides. The jaw needs this stimulation to remain healthy. Without it, the jawbone can begin to deteriorate. Dr. Tim Kelly is a dentist who can place and restore dental implants in one convenient location.

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Don't Suffer With Tooth Loss

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Millions of Americans suffer from tooth loss. A dental bridge is a fantastic dental option for patients missing one tooth or several teeth. Our experienced dental team is here to help guide you through every step of the process. 

If you suffer from reduced oral function due to a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth, don't wait any longer to discuss dental bridges with a dentist. Request a consultation with our dentist by filling out our online form or by calling our practice in Albuquerque, NM, today: 

(505) 256-1770

Why Albuquerque, NM, Loves Our Dental Practice 

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Summer Chavez

Albuquerque, NM

2022

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Dr. Kelly was great with explaining everything to me about my TMJ. He was very kind & personable. He made my visit easy & comfortable. Staff was great too!

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Nadia Marsh

Albuquerque, NM

2022

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Dr. Kelly is a very thoughtful and wonderful dentist. The office staff is really supportive too. I am in the process of having dental implants done and it’s been a very positive experience!

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Dental Bridge Candidacy

You may be a good candidate for a dental bridge if you:

Have one or more consecutive missing teeth

Whether you are missing one tooth or multiple teeth, a dental bridge can fill the gap. However, if you have several isolated areas of missing teeth, a partial denture may be a better treatment option for you. 


Are in good oral health

You must be in good oral health and free from tooth decay or gum disease. This ensures a healthy foundation for your restoration. If you have oral health issues, this must be addressed before your dental crown is placed. We can resolve these issues at our practice.

Traditional Dental Bridge Timeline

Traditional dental bridge treatment is faster than a bridge supported by implants because no surgery is needed. Here is what a typical dental bridge procedure looks like:
A dental bridge replaces one or more consecutive missing teeth to restore your oral function and appearance. 
A dental bridge replaces one or more consecutive missing teeth to restore your oral function and appearance. 

Consultation

You will first meet with your dentist so he can examine your mouth and discuss your goals. This allows him to develop a custom treatment plan to fit your unique needs.

Tooth Prep

Dr. Kelly will prepare the anchoring teeth for the dental crowns that will support the pontics.

Impressions

Your dentist will then take impressions of your mouth. This allows our trusted lab to craft your bridge. Our Albuquerque practice uses digital technology instead of messy and uncomfortable putty impressions.

Dental Bridge Placement

Your dentist will bond a temporary dental bridge in place. Once your permanent bridge is ready (usually in about five business days), you will return to our office to have it attached, and we will make any necessary adjustments to ensure a proper fit.

Have questions about traditional dental bridge treatment?

See How a Traditional Bridge is Placed

Implant-Supported Dental Bridge Treatment

If you and your dentist decide that dental implants are the best option for you, treatment is a little different. After your consultation and impressions, your dental treatment will involve:

Anesthesia

Dr. Kelly will begin treatment by thoroughly numbing the area. If you require an extra level of care, we offer sedation dentistry to ensure you are completely comfortable during your procedure. 

Implant Placement

A small incision is made in the gums and dental implants are placed in the jawbone. These implants will anchor the bridge.

Healing

Your mouth will be given time to heal. This allows the dental implants to fuse to the jawbone in a process called osseointegration, which takes about three to six months.

Bridge Placement

Once your mouth is healed, your dentist will secure the dental bridge to the implants. 

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Marti Martienssen

Albuquerque, NM

2022

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Everything about my visit was top-notch, excellent !

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Bill Capskas

Albuquerque, NM

2022

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Dr. Kelly took plenty of time to explain all facets of what is needed now and what I may need in the future.

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Dr. Timothy M. Kelly

Timothy M. Kelly, DMD, PA

Timothy M. Kelly, DMD, PA, has been in practice in Albuquerque, NM, since 1981. He provides a wide range of cosmetic, restorative, and general dental services, with a special emphasis on the treatment of TMJ disorder. Some of our most popular services include:

To request an appointment with Dr. Kelly, please fill out our online form or call (505) 256-1770.

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"We believe that every patient has infinite worth and should be treated with dignity and respect. We are dedicated to educating, creating awareness, and empowering people to make treatment choices that are consistent with their own beliefs, needs and desires." Dr. Tim Kelly

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