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Dental Bridges

If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth, it not only affects the appearance of your smile, your ability to speak and chew, as well.

Dental bridges literally bridge the gap left by missing teeth. A bridge can be secured with dental crowns or with dental implants.

Learn how Dr. Matthew A. Turner restores smiles for patients throughout the Kansas City and Blue Springs, MO, area.

What Are Dental Bridges?

How Dental Bridges Work

Dental bridges are restorative prosthetics that typically replace one to three missing teeth in a row. A typical dental bridge consists of a false tooth (pontic) that is bookended by two anchor crowns. Anchor crowns are caps placed on the natural teeth that are adjacent to the tooth gap (called the abutment teeth). These abutment teeth support the whole dental bridge and keep the pontic in position.

Dental Bridge Materials

While dental bridges come in a variety of different materials like metals such as gold or silver, our Kansas City practice uses high-tech zirconia. This durable porcelain material is incredibly strong and able to withstand the daily wear and tear of a natural tooth. In addition, the porcelain can be customized to match the color of your surrounding teeth. This allows your bridge to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile. 

See the Difference a Dental Bridge Can Make Before and After Photos of an Actual Patient

Before receiving a dental bridge
Before This patient was extremely self-conscious about her smile. Given the many different cosmetic and oral health problems she faced, we performed a smile makeover.
After receiving a dental bridge
After We used a fixed permanent bridge as part of a full smile makeover, filling in the missing front teeth of the upper dental arch. Notice just how natural the finished work looks.

Why You Should Visit Matthew A. Turner DDS, PC For Your Dental Bridge Placement

30 Years of Experience in the Same City

Dr. Turner began his work as a dentist in 1991, and brings his decades of experience to every patient he sees. He started this practice in his own hometown because he cares about Blue Springs, MO, and the people who live in the Kansas City, MO, area.

A Dedicated Dental Care Team

Our entire team has worked together for a long time and has 135 years of combined experience. We believe in constant improvement, which is why the team spends 100 hours every two years on continuing dental education.

State-of-the-Art Dentistry

Our practice uses the latest tools for patient comfort and effective treatment. This includes the hand-held iTero® 3-D digital scanner for diagnostics and impressions, and The Wand®, which can administer local anesthetic with virtually no pain.

Friendly, Personalized Dental Care

We are not a stodgy, corporate-owned dental mill. We are privately owned and have built generations-long relationships with the community. Patients feel like family, and they know they'll laugh, smile, and feel at ease every time they come for a visit.

"This is the best dental office I have ever been to!" Helping Patients All Over the Kansas City Area


Janet Alumbaugh


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This is the best dental office I have ever been too!!!... Dr. Turner and his staff make me feel very comfortable and at ease with no pain. I highly recommend them!!

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Duane Rathbun


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Dr Turner and all of his staff are friendly and professional. I have been extremely pleased with the quality of service they provide.

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Schedule a Consultation for a Dental Bridge Visit a Dentist Who Puts Your Priorities First

If you are missing one tooth or multiple consecutive teeth, speak with Dr. Matthew Turner about getting a dental bridge. Thanks to high-end technology and craftsmanship, the completed bridge will look just like natural teeth.

Dr. Turner is a proud member of:

  • The Missouri Dental Association
  • The Greater Kansas City Dental Society
  • The Blue Springs Chamber of Commerce

If you suffer from tooth loss, contact our practice online or call:

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Complete Your Smile With a Dental Bridge

Thanks to dental bridges, Matthew A. Turner DDS, PC can fill unsightly gaps and give you a beautiful, fully functioning smile.

What Are My Dental Bridge Options?

Dr. Turner offers both traditional and implant-supported bridges. Traditional bridges are secured in place by dental crowns that cover the healthy abutment teeth. This is a cost-effective option for many patients, and with a porcelain bridge, you can enjoy a strong and beautiful smile with fully restored function. We also offer full mouth reconstruction.

Traditional Dental Bridge

Traditional Dental Bridge

A traditional bridge is the one described above. It consists of a pontic flanked by two dental crowns. The crowns are held in place by the abutment teeth on either side of the gap. A traditional bridge requires that the two anchoring teeth be altered for the crowned to fit properly and support the pontic. 

Implant-Supported Bridge

Implant-Supported Bridge

Dental implants can be used to support your bridgework if you are missing a few teeth in a row. The implant posts are surgically placed into your jawbone, functioning like artificial roots. One or more implants will be needed to support the custom dental bridge. Dental implants require sufficient jawbone density to place, so not everyone is a candidate for the procedure. Dr. Turner can determine your candidacy for dental implants during your visit.

See Which Dental Bridge Option is Right for You Request a Consultation

Dental bridges can offer life-changing support and function for patients with multiple missing teeth. You're welcomed like family with personalized and compassionate care when you come to our Blue Springs, MO, office, located near Kansas City, MO.

Unlike many corporate dental offices, Dr. Turner and his team know how important proper dental function is and won't waste your time with extended treatment plans. Dr. Turner and his team are highly trained, with over 135 years of combined dental experience and 100 continuing education hours every two years. See for yourself what makes Matthew A. Turner D.D.S., P.C. so great by requesting a consultation at our dentistry office serving the greater Kansas City, MO, community:

(816) 229-1433

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Dr. Turner and his highly experienced team.

"I have never had a bad experience there." A Trusted Dentist Committed to the Kansas City Area


Laura Shields


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I’ve been a patient of Dr. Turner’s for over 2 decades. Everyone is kind, easy to work with, accommodating and make going to the dentist enjoyable! I have never had a bad experience there. I’ve referred others and will continue to do so. 

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Marilyn Morgan


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Excellent Care. Friendly Staff. Beautiful office for Adults and kids. Appointment always on time. I've been a patient over 10 yrs and always had good care. Thanks Dr Turner and staff for your care friendliness and making your office feel comfortable.

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The Cost of a Dental Bridge

The cost of a dental bridge can vary from patient to patient depending on their situation. Dental bridges at our practice typically fall in the range of $4,000 to $8,300. It's important to visit our practice for a consultation so Dr. Turner can examine your teeth and determine the ideal treatment for you. Only when your oral health needs are considered will we discuss the cost of designing, fabricating, and placing a dental bridge.

You'll be able to discuss payment options with our staff to make your dental bridge treatment more affordable. We offer third-party financing through CareCredit® and accept all major credit cards except for American Express.

Additional Procedures Can Add To the Cost of Dental Bridge Treatment

Preperatory Procedures

You should be in good oral health and your abutment teeth should be free of tooth decay or cavities before receiving a dental bridge. Any dental work like fillings or gum disease treatment will need to be completed before your bridge is placed. Additional dental procedures before bridge placement can add to your overall cost.

Sedation Dentistry

Don't let dental anxiety stop you from getting the care you need. Our Kansas City practice offers sedation dentistry to help those who are nervous about dental work relax and feel at ease during treatment. While sedation dentistry can increase your overall cost, most patients find the benefits far outweigh the slight increase in price.

"He was so patient and kind." More 5-Star Reviews From Kansas City, MO, Patients


Lori Dowd


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My family has been going to Dr. Turner for over 25 years. Initially, when one of my kids had her first appointment she was super scared. Dr. Turner sat with her and talked to her for the first half dozen appointments before she would let him look at her teeth! He was so patient and kind. His office is always friendly, prompt, and provide great care. I had a dental emergency and they worked me in on a Friday! I do not go to any other provider.

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Jess Horses


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If you have extreme anxiety like I do Dr. Turner and his staff are the people you need... Dr. Turner told me I did not have to have anything removed or the tens of thousands of dollars in surgery for things that other doctors were pushing me for and for that, I was appreciative... I have FOUND my Dentist!!! I will be going back and recommending this practice! Thanks Dr. Turner and Ms.Hope and Ms. Brittany and staff!!!

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Determining Your Treatment Are You a Good Dental Bridge Candidate?

Depending on your needs, Dr. Turner will suggest either a traditional or implant-supported bridge. Some patients may be better suited for one type over the other. 

Traditional Bridges

Good candidates for a traditional bridge have healthy abutment teeth to support the pontic. You should also be in good oral health and free of tooth decay or gum disease before undergoing dental bridge placement. 

Implant-Supported Bridges

Implant placement requires surgery, so patients must be in good oral and physical health to be good candidates for implant-supported bridges. Patients must also have sufficient jawbone density to support the dental implants.

Contact our Blue Springs office near Kansas City, MO to request your consultation and determine your candidacy.

Step-by-Step Process of Placing Dental Bridges

Matthew A. Turner D.D.S., P.C. in Kansas City, MO, is a privately owned practice that focuses on personalized care.
Matthew A. Turner D.D.S., P.C. in Kansas City, MO, is a privately owned practice that focuses on personalized care.


The process of placing your dental bridge starts with an in-office dentistry consultation. Dr. Turner and his team will examine the state of your oral health and help you determine if dental bridges are the right solution for your needs.

Preparing for Treatment

Dr. Turner offers oral sedation to calm any nerves of patients with anxieties surrounding the procedure. Dr. Turner uses local anesthesia to numb the mouth of the patient. This numbing solution makes the treatment a virtually painless process.

Sculpting the Tooth

If you choose to have traditional dental bridges, Dr. Turner begins the process by sculpting the anchoring teeth that will hold the ends of the bridge. Your natural tooth roots stay intact during this process, but the tooth structure is molded to fit the cap of the dental bridge. 

Taking Impressions

Once the prep work on your teeth is complete, the dentist will take impressions of your teeth to create the dental bridge. Dr. Turner will place a temporary bridge at this time to restore function.

Placing the Dental Bridge

During your second appointment, Dr. Turner will remove your temporary bridge and place your permanent bridge. 

Advanced Technology For High-Quality Patient Care

Our Kansas City, MO, dental practice uses advanced technology to not only diagnose and treat our patients, but also to provide the most comfortable care possible. While we do offer oral sedation options for those with dental anxiety, we want to provide a pleasant experience for every patient who walks through our door. Our advanced anesthetic and digital impression technology helps us accomplish this goal for the most comfortable dental experience possible. 
The Wand

The Wand

Perhaps one of the biggest reasons people avoid visiting the dentist is fear of pain from the needle and drilling. Did you know that the dental syringe was invented during the Civil War? At Matthew A. Turner D.D.S., P.C., we use advanced technology to treat our patients as accurately and painlessly as possible. When you come to us for your bridge or other dental work, we use The Wand® to deliver anesthetic. This device allows your dentist to deliver very localized and virtually painless injections, instead of using a large, scary syringe. 

Using iTero scanning technology


When you have dental work such as a bridge performed, impressions are needed to accurately craft your custom restoration. Often, this means messy putty impressions that can cause discomfort for patients with a sensitive gag reflex. At our Kansas City, MO, dental practice, we use an iTero 3D digital scanner instead of traditional putty impressions. This scanner takes between 1.25 million and 1.5 million images of each tooth to create a 3D model of your smile. This allows our trusted lab to expertly craft your custom dental bridge. 

Still have questions about our technology? Drop us a message! We are happy to answer whatever questions you may have, whether it is about our technology or your dental procedure. We are here to help. 

Providing Personalized and Educated Care Call us to schedule an appointment today

Having proper education is key to maintaining good oral hygiene and making treatment decisions. While some dentists don't take the time for patient education, Dr. Turner prides himself on creating an environment that teaches patients about their oral health needs and treatment options. We want patients to leave our Kansas City practice with healthy, functional, and beautiful smiles that last for years to come, and the knowledge needed to keep those smiles shining. 

Don't live life with tooth loss. Call us or contact us using our online form to request an initial consultation today and start your journey to a restored smile.

(816) 229-1433

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"I’d recommend to friends & family." Kansas City Continues To Recommend Our Practice


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I’d recommend to friends & family. Good first experience, painless, thorough and informative.

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Dr Turner and all of his staff are friendly and professional. I have been extremely pleased with the quality of service they provide.

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With Proper Care Your Bridge Can Last for 10 Years


With proper care and good oral hygiene habits, your dental bridge can last up to ten years. For patients who choose implant-supported bridges, while your bridges may last ten years, your implants will last a lifetime.

How To Extend the Lifespan of Your New Dental Restorations

Follow Dr. Turner's care instructions to get the most out of your dental bridge.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

Continue good oral hygiene habits like brushing twice daily, flossing once daily, and coming to our Kansas City-area practice every six months for routine cleanings. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy will extend the lifespan of your bridge and allow you to enjoy its benefits for years.

Avoid Biting Hard Surfaces

While the material used to create your dental bridge is durable, it is not indestructible. To extend the lifespan of your bridge, avoid chewing on ice, biting your nails, or opening packaging with your teeth. 

Contact Us If There's a Problem

Contact us if you feel your dental bridge is loose or if you notice any other issues. We will be happy to look over your restoration and make any adjustments necessary to ensure a proper fit and maintain your oral health.

"Absolutely the very best dentist I have ever been too. Staff is warm and Dr. Turner is hilarious and gentle. He does great work and really helped me gain my self confidence in my smile back. I recommend him to everyone I get a chance to!" Ethan Nielsen
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Matthew A. Turner, D.D.S., P.C.

At the dental practice of Matthew A. Turner, D.D.S., P.C., serving Kansas City, MO, Dr. Turner and his team provide superior general, cosmetic, and restorative dental care. Dr. Turner is a member of several professional organizations, including:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The Missouri Dental Association
  • The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • The Eastern Jackson County Dental Society

For more information on the services we provide, or to schedule an appointment, please contact us online or call (816) 229-1433.

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