Replacing A Missing Tooth With A Fixed Bridge

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By Anna Marie Mazoch, D.D.S.


After several years of neglecting her oral care, Mrs. Dianne Faulkner came in with complaints of broken teeth and fillings, sensitive teeth as well as food collecting around her teeth. In particular, she was unhappy with her appearance of the broken right front lateral tooth.

To get her back on track with her oral health, several deep cleanings with our hygienist were required; broken down teeth with no chance of survival were extracted and cavities were restored with fillings. Her next decision was how to replace the right front lateral tooth. There were three options: a single implant, a fixed bridge, or a removable partial denture. Dianne decided to go with the fixed bridge. The bridge requires a crown on each side of the missing tooth with a false crown (tooth) attached to the two new crowns. Because the teeth on each side of the missing tooth needed to be crowned anyway, due to big cavities and huge fillings, it seemed logical to just add the false tooth onto the two new crowns. The fixed bridge is cemented into place and does not come off. Now she can smile broadly with no worries about the big space in front.

The left central front tooth also needed an individual crown due to large cavities and fillings. This allowed the proper shape and shade to achieve a beautiful result. In addition, whitening was performed so that all of her teeth were brighter and more youthful.


Dianne has this to say about her new smile:

“I had not been to the dentist in years. I have a lot of anxiety about the dentist from past experiences. I was listening to the radio one morning on the way to work and they were praising a dentist Dr. Mazoch how wonderful she was and her staff so friendly. I honestly walked around for 6 more months with the number in my phone before I got up enough nerve to make the call. I had by then several broken teeth and did not smile a lot at all. I knew that something needed to happen so I made the call and got my first appointment. Dawn was very friendly and helpful. Well that was over a year ago and I have had some extensive dental work done.

I have never had any pain at all. I’m so pleased with Dr. Mazoch and her staff they make you feel comfortable, they are friendly always and this makes a stress free environment. I was quite nervous and everybody was so nice and I have only had a great experience and have a great smile also. I would highly recommend this office to anyone, they are the greatest.” ~  Dianne Faulkner

Dr. Anna Marie Mazoch received her B.S. degree in Biology, summa cum laude, from Ohio University and her D.D.S. from Northwestern University. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the Delaware State Dental Society and several
local dental study clubs. She has been practicing general dentistry for 36 years, first in Cincinnati, then Montpelier, Vermont, and the past 15 years in Delaware. Her keen interest in continuing education for herself and her staff stems from a quote by G. V. Black, the first dean of Northwestern University Dental School and the father of modern dentistry: “The professional (wo)man has no right to be other than a continuous student”.

My dental team and I truly enjoy helping our patients overcome obstacles of fear and financial difficulties. My office manager has several payment options to offer and explains the ins and outs of treatment; my patient coordinator works to maximize insurance payments and get you scheduled in a timely fashion; my assistants help to make your visits comfortable and stress free and will answer all clinical questions; and I offer the best care of which I am capable and give options for various treatments.


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