Dental Bridges | Brandon FL

All of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing and in maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Tooth loss doesn’t necessarily have to occur as you age, but if you do lose teeth they must be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth. Fortunately, there are options for correcting tooth loss.

Dental Bridge Options

A bridge — a device used to replace missing teeth — attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth. Bridges are either permanently attached (fixed bridges), or they can be removable.

Fixed bridges are applied by either placing crowns on the abutment teeth or by bonding the artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth. Removable bridges are attached to the teeth with metal clasps or by precision attachments.

If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of their importance to your appearance and dental health. Your teeth work together for many daily functions from eating to speaking. With missing teeth, it’s difficult to do these things. Missing teeth can and should be replaced. Fixed bridges are a great way to restore your dental health and appearance.

What exactly is a bridge or fixed partial denture?

A bridge (fixed partial denture) is a device which fills the gap where teeth are absent. Fixed bridges are bonded into place and can only be removed by a dental professional. Removable bridges, as the name implies, can be taken out and cleaned. Fixed bridges offer more stability than their removable counterparts.

Why do I need a bridge?

Oral functionality and appearance are important reasons for wearing a bridge. A bridge helps support your lips and cheeks. The loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to sink and your face to look older.

Dental health is the most important reason for a bridge. Teeth were designed to complement each other. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues when teeth are missing, causing a number of potentially harmful disorders.

Increased risk of gum disease has proven to be one of the worst side effects of missing teeth and can be minimized with a bridge.

Missing teeth can cause speech disorders as they are used to make many of the sounds we use to speak clearly.

How is a bridge attached?

The attachment procedure usually takes two or three appointments to complete. At the first appointment, Dr. Raulerson, Dr. Chiaramonte or Dr. Skakavac will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by removing a portion of the enamel and dentin.

Since the bridge must be fabricated very precisely to ensure correct bite and to match the opposing tooth, impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to a lab where the bridge will be constructed.

Fixed bridges are typically cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth. A pontic (false tooth) replaces the lost tooth. Crowns, which are cemented onto the natural teeth, provide support for the bridge.

What materials are used?

Bridges can be constructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Porcelain is often bonded to either precious or non-precious metal.

How do I take care of my bridge?

A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. This is of critical importance as the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.

Raulerson Dental Associates, PA

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I highly recommend using Dr. Raulerson. He is friendly, understanding, gentle and caring to his patients. He has truly helped me get over my fear of the dentist and has helped me create a health smile. I love both of his hygienist, Gail and Megan. Both are super caring and gentle. They help ease your worries and fears! The billing and front office staff are also amazing. Carol in Billing Dept has been super helpful in filing claims through my dental insurance and my AFLAC plan! Thank you for helping me!!

- Lori C

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The whole staff are friendly and caring but Anna and Dr Alonso are the most caring people I have ever met. In my 57 years I’ve seen a lot of dentist but none like them. I wish I had been coming here ages ago. I will never see anyone else.

- Cathy A

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I just had me teeth cleaned by Jessica! They feel great! She did such a wonderful job! The strawberry flavor is the best! Thank you

- Carmen P

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- Ender E

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I recently had my first appointment for an amalgam filling at Raulerson Dental Associates with Dr. Alonso. Many years ago I had a bad experience in a dentist's office and as a result I am always afraid, sometimes to the point of tears, each time I go to the dentist! That being said, I was of course nervous and told Anna, the dental assistant, what a coward I was and why. She was so understanding and compassionate, that it put me at ease before Dr. Alonso even arrived. Additionally, Dr. Alonso was also so friendly and compassionate that I was actually even able to relax a bit, which for me is unheard of. He understood my fear and took special care to make sure that I would have a calm and painfree appointment. His friendly nature and gentle manner allowed me to even be able to relax a bit. I can't thank Dr. Alonso and Anna enough for helping me to have a pleasant experience at the dentist. They are terrific and I will recommend them to everyone.

- Lynne W

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I had a very poor experience at Aspen dental, a previous company that I’ve been going to for years due to no choice. Location and flexibility is what made me choose Aspen Dental. This most recent visit surfaced some issues with consultation and I needed a second opinion. If there’s ever an issue please always get a second opinion, which I did and the service that I was expecting from Aspen Dental was fulfilled by Raulerson Dental. The front staff Laurel and Bridgette were very warm, inviting, and down to earth. Doctor Alonso, hygienist Linda, and assistant Ana made me feel very comfortable and explained services before and after. My follow up visit I was seen by Dr Alsonso assisted by Terry made another great visit once again! A shout to Abigail Wright for confidently recommending Raulerson Dental. Abigail played many roles which I was able to witness on my two visits. Abigail made sure she greeted me at my appointment because she recommended me (what a way to go above and beyond) as well as helped hygienist Linda, broke down my bill, while maintaining a superb 5+ star customer service experience. Dr. Raulerson should be very proud to have a well maintained office and clean space that his strong team can stand out and shine collectively and individually. It’s definitely worth my commute of 75min!

- Shanna V

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I have had a fear of going to the dentist my whole life. I had avoided the dentist for a very long time but finally went to see Dr. Raulerson after hearing such wonderful things about him. After the first visit with my, I felt completely at ease. I returned for a cleaning and a filling. I honestly wanted to go back....NOT me at all....but he is such an awesome man that I can say I am glad I went to the dentist!

- David C

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This was my 1st visit, started out because of broken appliance. They had an appointment same day and no wait time. They fixed my appliance in the office wi about 30 minutes. I dreaded going to dentist bc of my health issues and was at a panic attack level but Jess put me at ease immediately. Dr Alfonso was professional but personable and explained my options and was not pushy and didn’t try do unnecessary procedures. I felt so comfortable with them and impressed I booked my next appointment and I’m looking forward to a great smile once again.

- Kelly D

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I have been to many dental offices but when I walk in to this office it was very nice & omg the staff r so kind they make you feel so welcome there they r so friendly .Iam telling all my family members & all my friends to go there &HUSBAND hates dentist office but he told me he feel good there &was very happy with his dentist thank you so very much for the way to treat us ..(Robert & Joan Perez) Thank you DR, Chairamonte he's awesome!!!!

- robert p

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Dr Chiaramonte is always thorough, and always takes the time to explain everything in detail before proceeding. Everyone is always pleasant and Linda on many occasions had been so helpful with many of my insurance issues. If you leave a message they are always very good about returning calls as well. THANK YOU ALL for the wonderful care, I truly appreciate it. You have a great team!

- Mina G

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Dr Raulerson and his team are truly the best. We have been to several dentists and moved back to Dr Raulerson. I recommend their offices to everyone!

- Sara V

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Dr. Raulenson is one of the best, honest and kind dentist I've ever been to. The Staff is very professional and friendly, they will do their best to schedule patients for their requested date and time.

- Iris S

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Excellent dental office and I always highly recommend.

- Bette W

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Dr. Raulerson is amazing! He does the best work! Among a few 10 - 15 other things I've had done with him, I had partial veneers done on my four front teeth in 2006 and I swear to you, that almost 13 years later, they are in tact and even when I tell people that I have veneers, they can't tell. That is how pristine his work is.

- Amaris L

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DON'T LOOK ANY FURTHER! Way back in the mid 1980's, I found my lifelong dentist! Over the years I have seen changes. ALL for the better, however! It's been an interesting journey for me. I've seen new walls and rooms. New equipment. New paint and wallpaper. New staff. New Company Names. But I found Dr Schreier and Dr Ruscin, and I always felt like they were exceptionally talented professionals who were also friends! Dr Ruscin has since retired, I wish him all the best! The new Dr's have big shoes to fill but they are up to the challenge! Through all those years, all the changes and upgrades, one thing has remained constant. The quality of care. My loyalty to this practice should speak volumes! I know so many folks are terrified about visiting a dentist, or having dental work done. Honest communication, sympathy and trust go a long way in soothing and easing one's worries. Raulerson Dental completely encompasses what you hope to find in a professional atmosphere. I love the thoroughness of care on every level, too. Michele, who has been our hygienist for many years, is like a friend, as well. Only this friend flosses my teeth MUCH better than I ever can! I look forward to that 'squeaky clean' feeling once I stand up from a Michele Cleaning! I walk out feeling like a million bucks! Another side note. When my children were younger, we started them off right, with a good program of oral hygiene and regular dental check ups. After about the second visit, I overheard my kids discussing their new dentist. They actually said they LIKED GOING TO THE DENTIST! When I told Dr Schreier, Dr Ruscin and Michele what I'd overheard, I thought they were going to burst! Hearing that made their day! Not many choices in life are this easy. Your search for your new dentist is over. Welcome to my world!

- John B

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Best dentist I’ve ever been to. Needed a tooth pulled and I got in that day and didn’t feel a thing. Now I’m in the process of getting dentures. I can’t thank them enough

- Robyn C

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Thank you Abigail

- Abigail W

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This office is Awesome beginning with making your appt. The staff is very professional. Dr Raulerson is absolutely the BEST! He is very professional...gentle and courteous! If you are looking for a AWESOME dentist call Dr Raulerson Asap!

- Nicole B

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I was very anxious about the appointment, the dentist prescribed medication to put me at ease. I couldn't be happier with my experience. Highly recommended.

- Ellen R

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DON'T LOOK any further! Way back in the mid 1980's, I found my lifelong dentist! I discovered this office and Dr Schreier, and I've never looked back! They had a different name back then, but it was basically the same folks behind the name. Over the years I have seen changes. ALL for the better, however! It's been an interesting journey for me. I've seen new walls and rooms. New equipment. New paint and wallpaper. New staff and long time friends. New to this office dentists. Dr Ruscin, who has since retired, I wish him all the best! Through all the years, all the changes and upgrades, one thing has remained constant. The quality of care. I believe my loyalty to this practice should speak volumes! I know so many folks are terrified about visiting a dentist, or having dental work done. Trust, honest communication and sympathy go a long way in soothing and easing one's worries. Raulerson Dental completely encompasses what you hope to find in a professional atmosphere. I love the thoroughness of care on every level, too. Michele, who has been our hygienist for many years, is like a friend. Only she flosses my teeth MUCH better than I ever can! I look forward to that 'squeaky clean' feeling once I stand up from a Michele Cleaning! I walk out feeling like a million bucks! Another side note. When my children were younger, we started them off right, with a good program of oral hygiene and regular dental check ups. After about the second visit, I overheard my kids discussing their new dentist. They actually said they LIKED GOING TO THE DENTIST! When I told Dr Schreier and Michele what I'd overheard, I thought they were going to burst! Hearing that made their day! Not many choices in life are this easy. Your search for your new dentist is over. Welcome to my world!

- John B

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