Dental





Dental Bridges

Preventative Dentistry in Seattle

What is a bridge?

A bridge (also known as a fixed partial denture) is planned when one or more teeth are missing and there are healthy teeth on both sides of the open space. With proper care, your new bridge will increase your overall health and instill confidence for years to come.


Types of Bridges

Porcelain fused to metal (PFM)

Porcelain fused to metal (PFM) is a tooth-colored bridge with high strength. The metal core makes a PFM many times stronger than an all-ceramic bridge. The metal core can be made of many different materials. In our office the metal core is only “high noble”, which means mostly gold and/or platinum; our bridge material is 54% gold and over 26% platinum. We use only high noble metal due to the better-fit and extremely rare allergies and sensitivities. Tooth colored porcelain is baked on the outside of the gold. We only use the highest quality porcelains (a combination of beauty, biocompatibility, and strength). Because there is metal under the porcelain, it blocks natural tooth translucency and is not as pretty (aesthetic) as an all-ceramic bridge. However, all ceramic bridges do not enjoy the longevity of PFMs. There are many different marginal configurations (the area where the bridge meets the tooth) with a PFM. How well the margin of the bridge fits affects the health of the gums and ultimately the longevity of the bridge. We choose to do a porcelain butt margin, which is the most aesthetic (also the most challenging for the dentist and the laboratory technicians to perform well). A porcelain butt joint, when done well, is aesthetic, healthy for the gums, and durable.


All-Ceramic Bridge

An all-ceramic bridge (or porcelain with ceramic substrate) is the most beautiful of all bridges but is not as durable as the other types. There is no metal so translucency is usually excellent (depending on the type of materials used for the all-ceramic bridge). These bridges are usually indicated on front teeth or teeth that are highly visible. We use only the best materials (a combination of beauty, biocompatibility, and strength) for our all-ceramic bridges. Note: All ceramic bridges do not have the same longevity as PFM bridges.


A Full Gold Bridge

A full gold bridge is composed of gold and looks gold. We only use high noble metal for our gold bridges (about 72% gold or 18 carat gold, 3.5% platinum). High noble metal fits better and is much less likely to result in allergies or sensitivities. Full gold bridges are indicated on back teeth with low visibility and are performed rather than a PFM at patient’s request. The primary benefit of a full gold bridge is durability.

If you are in need of dental bridges in Seattle, North Seattle, Northgate, Shoreline, Mountlake Terrace, Kenmore, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Kirkland, Bothell, Lake Forest Park, Bellevue, Mercer Island, Everett, Medina, and Woodinville, call A Dental & Denture at (206) 440-1500.





Your Healthy Smile Is Just A Phone Call Away.
(206) 440-1500
Mon - Wed: 9AM - 5PM / Fri: 9AM - 3PM
11540 15th Ave NE, Seattle, WA 98125

Testimonials
Our Patients Love Us

The work is excellent and done quickly. Every step was well explained with the necessary information to make informed decisions. Chair side attention to comfort, concerns (anxiety) and keeping you "in the loop" is exceptional. I feel quite blessed that I was able to chose A Dental & Denture to provide me with a brand new smile.

Marc A. on Google

Excellent work, excellent service. I could not be happier my experience at A Dental. I highly recommend them.

Ellen P. on Google

Staff was very professional and accommodating, from the moment you enter the clinic until you leave. My fear of the dentist disappeared because of their warm welcome and cheerful disposition. Dr. Tarleton is undoubtedly highly skilled and showed good patient care by explaining every detail of the procedure that I underwent as well as post-op care and follow up. I had a very pleasant experience so I am highly recommending the whole dental team. If only I can give more than 5 stars---they are a perfect ten!

Bridel C. on Google

The team at A Dental & Denture made the whole process a very pleasant experience. They service and care provide was great and I love my new smile!

Robert C. on Google

I am so grateful for finding A Dental & Denture. Everyone is so friendly, kind and I can honestly say they really care about you. I never thought I'd ever say I enjoy going to the dentist but I look forward to seeing the whole staff. A wonderful experience. Angela you are the best! Thank you all for helping me.

Rick S. on Google

Any time I am in dire straits with the curse of my life, my bad teeth, I will go and see Angela, who is always the saving angel: she can help where others can't! I arrived without an appointment, because I had had an accident with my denture the night before (it broke apart) - I did not even have to wait long before Angela could see me, and a few hours later I walked out with everything repaired as perfectly as possible.
Thank you everyone for welcoming me back like an old friend!

Dorothea S. on Google

These are the friendliest, hospitable, and flexible dentists I've ever been to. They bent over backwards to meet my needs. They also offered complimentary coffee and massage chair to help me relax after getting fillings.
They also guarantee their work and really stand by that. They saw me multiple extra times to answer questions and help me address concerns I had about them. Turns out I just have irritable teeth!
I recommend Dr. Angela and Dr. Tom to anyone with teeth...or who wants teeth!

Josh J. on Google

I have had only excellent care from Angela and her team. They are professional, caring and upbeat always and I had great results with my new dentures. I would highly recommend them for care.

Carmel P. on Google

Love love love this place especially the staff! This is a well run office and wait time for me has never been long. I moved away but have yet to find another dentist I like so I make the drive to stay with A Dental & Denture.

Teresa W. on Google

Great environment to be in, nice neat office. Service is excellent!! Best part is the staff, super friendly and funny!! Always a good time when Im here. 100% RECOMMENDED!!

Rocky B. on Yelp

Great customer service!! I'm one happy customer. My teeth are sparkling white right after my dental cleaning. Very precise with the schedule and follow ups. I highly recommend this place!!

Raymar M. on Yelp
Review
Our Patients Love Us

The work is excellent and done quickly. Every step was well explained with the necessary information to make informed decisions. Chair side attention to comfort, concerns (anxiety) and keeping you "in the loop" is exceptional. I feel quite blessed that I was able to chose A Dental & Denture to provide me with a brand new smile.

Marc A. on Google

Excellent work, excellent service. I could not be happier my experience at A Dental. I highly recommend them.

Ellen P. on Google

Staff was very professional and accommodating, from the moment you enter the clinic until you leave. My fear of the dentist disappeared because of their warm welcome and cheerful disposition. Dr. Tarleton is undoubtedly highly skilled and showed good patient care by explaining every detail of the procedure that I underwent as well as post-op care and follow up. I had a very pleasant experience so I am highly recommending the whole dental team. If only I can give more than 5 stars---they are a perfect ten!

Bridel C. on Google

The team at A Dental & Denture made the whole process a very pleasant experience. They service and care provide was great and I love my new smile!

Robert C. on Google

I am so grateful for finding A Dental & Denture. Everyone is so friendly, kind and I can honestly say they really care about you. I never thought I'd ever say I enjoy going to the dentist but I look forward to seeing the whole staff. A wonderful experience. Angela you are the best! Thank you all for helping me.

Rick S. on Google

Any time I am in dire straits with the curse of my life, my bad teeth, I will go and see Angela, who is always the saving angel: she can help where others can't! I arrived without an appointment, because I had had an accident with my denture the night before (it broke apart) - I did not even have to wait long before Angela could see me, and a few hours later I walked out with everything repaired as perfectly as possible.
Thank you everyone for welcoming me back like an old friend!

Dorothea S. on Google

These are the friendliest, hospitable, and flexible dentists I've ever been to. They bent over backwards to meet my needs. They also offered complimentary coffee and massage chair to help me relax after getting fillings.
They also guarantee their work and really stand by that. They saw me multiple extra times to answer questions and help me address concerns I had about them. Turns out I just have irritable teeth!
I recommend Dr. Angela and Dr. Tom to anyone with teeth...or who wants teeth!

Josh J. on Google

I have had only excellent care from Angela and her team. They are professional, caring and upbeat always and I had great results with my new dentures. I would highly recommend them for care.

Carmel P. on Google

Love love love this place especially the staff! This is a well run office and wait time for me has never been long. I moved away but have yet to find another dentist I like so I make the drive to stay with A Dental & Denture.

Teresa W. on Google

Great environment to be in, nice neat office. Service is excellent!! Best part is the staff, super friendly and funny!! Always a good time when Im here. 100% RECOMMENDED!!

Rocky B. on Yelp

Great customer service!! I'm one happy customer. My teeth are sparkling white right after my dental cleaning. Very precise with the schedule and follow ups. I highly recommend this place!!

Raymar M. on Yelp