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Iowa Dental Group

Dental Bridges in Des Moines, IA

Dentistry Built on Relationships, Honesty, and Trust

Des Moines Iowa's Choice in Dental Bridges

How Can a Dental Bridge Help?

When a patient has more than one missing tooth, not only does it affect the aesthesis of the overall smile, but it also poses a risk for further oral health issues down the line. It is imperative for a patient to replace all missing teeth as soon as possible to ensure the optimal oral health of the mouth. When there are multiple missing teeth, the bite pressure of the mouth isn’t evenly distributed among all teeth, therefore posing a risk of more toothless because of jawbone deterioration.

There are many ways to replace a tooth in cosmetic dentistry. Some of the best ways to restore or replace a tooth are by the use of dental bridges, dental implants, dental crowns and more. Dental bridges are extremely popular in the dental cosmetic field as it can replace a multitude of teeth as well as a single tooth. Replacing one or more teeth is easily done with dental bridges.

Conveniently located near downtown Des Moines, Iowa Dental Group is available for consultation and can be called today at  (515) 277-6358.

Dental Bridge

Dental Bridge Benefits

  • It will keep the neighboring teeth from shifting into the empty space provided by the missing tooth
  • It will complete the aesthetics of your smile
  • Complete the function of your bite
  • Reduces the risk of jaw deterioration
  • Improve self-esteem and confidence

What are Dental Bridges?

These tooth restorations are created custom and tailored to each patient’s smile. The hand-crafted tooth restorations are typically made of porcelain material to ensure durability and strength for the restoration. This material is popularly used in the dental cosmetic industry as it can be polished to mimic
the aesthetic of a natural tooth from the color, texture and natural looking reflection.

Bridges, that are commonly known as fixed bridges as well are given this specific name as they “bridge the gap” between teeth. They are generally created with the false tooth, called the pontic, in the center. The pontic becomes anchored into the mouth with the two neighboring teeth on the side using dental
caps. If there are multiple teeth next to each other that need to be replaced, multiple pontics can be used. This version is the traditional form of dental bridges as three or more teeth can be replaced at a time using this method.

Another way a dental bridge can be done is having a false tooth attached to the neighboring teeth using metal handles or “wings” that are bonded to the back sides of the neighboring teeth. This is a great way to replace one single tooth at a time as the wings can only hold a bit of bite pressure. This is a great way to attach dental bridges as they do not require prior prep of the neighboring teeth beforehand. The neighboring teeth do not need to be trimmed or contoured in order to receive the metal wings.

Both of these solutions are popular to have dental bridges placed. There are some key points to consider with the metal wings bridge. Over time, these metal frames will wear and tear before dental crowns as they are not as sturdy as the porcelain material. This metal framework can also turn the natural
neighboring teeth a slight grey color from the metal. Although this isn’t ideal, it is recommended to have this version of dental bridges replaced every few years. Dental bridges that are bonded using the dental crown procedure will last much longer, depending on how well the patient cares for their restorations.

How are Bridges Placed?

Depending on the version of dental bridges, there are a few ways they can be placed. If the patient and dentist have agreed upon placing these restorations in the traditional route, the dentist will first contour the neighboring teeth of the missing tooth to shape them down. Once the enamel of the teeth and some tooth tissue is removed, the dentist will take an impression of the teeth. The impression can either be taken digitally or with a mold.

Once the impression is taken of the newly reshaped teeth, the dentist will send the impression to their dental lab to have them custom-made. The custom bridge will typically be created within 1-2 weeks. During this waiting period, the dental professional will bond some temporary crowns on the contoured teeth while the permanent ones are being made. Once the bridge or bridges as complete, the dentist will call the patient back into the office to have the permanent bridge placed in the mouth. This procedure typically doesn’t require the use of any form of sedation. However, this can also depend on the patient and if they feel emotions of anxiety of stress prior to the procedure. Talk to your dentist about numbing or sedation before the treatment.

Contact Iowa Dental Group at  (515) 277-6358 to find out more information about your dental bridge options today.

More Dental Bridge Benefits

Some patients are unaware that although missing teeth give you an incomplete aesthetic, it can also make a person look older than they are. When there is a missing tooth, it causes the outer skin of the mouth to sag, making a person look older. Having a dental bridge placed improves the overall confidence as it not only repairs the overall look of a smile but also the functionality of it as well.

As mentioned above, there are many different treatment options to replace missing teeth such as dental crowns, dental implants, dentures and more. Talk to your dentist about which option could be the best answer to your specific issue. If you are interested in dental bridges, your dental professional can educate you on why it is or is not a good option for you. In a general sense, a patient must have good oral health with healthy gum tissue (no periodontal gum disease) and no pre-deterioration of the jawbone. If this is the case, your dentist may recommend a prior bone graft treatment to strengthen the jawbone below the missing tooth.

Be sure to care for your dental restorations by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once. Visiting your dentist every six months can also lower your chances of losing more teeth to decay and bacteria. Talk to your dentist about your options and start your dental cosmetic journey today.

Iowa Dental Group

You place a lot of trust in your dentist, and we will always be honest with you. This philosophy of educating our patients has been the hallmark of why we have been successful for over 30 years.

Our Promise

We have always prided ourselves in offering the highest quality dentistry at a fair and reasonable fee. One that the patient is willing to pay with gratitude and we are willing to accept with gratitude. Our patients are satisfied when treatment is completed or we will continue to strive to meet our own high expectations.

Our Award Winning Services

Patients will be educated on the type of dentistry they need and will never feel pressured or receive any sales pitch to have treatment.

You will always know the fee before treatment is performed.

Cosmetic Dentistry

Porcelain Veneers

Teeth Whitening

Restorative Care

Dental Implants

Dental Bridges

Root Canal Therapy


Children's Dentistry

Periodontal Care

Dental Emergencies

Family Dentistry

Night Guards

Snoring Appliances


Actual Patient Reviews

We have so many terrific reviews it's impossible for us to list them all! Thanks for supporting Iowa Dental Group with your gratitude.

Dr. Bob always goes the extra mile. He consistently demonstrates that his primary concern is for the patient and their well being!read more
Mary Terry
Mary Terry
14:36 27 Apr 17
Dr. Bob and Dr. Brett are great! Always willing to listen and ready to get my problems solved.
Doug Messenger
Doug Messenger
20:28 16 May 17
I scheduled a consultation with Dr. Margeas for a small cosmetic issue with a tooth from a recommendation from my current Dentist. I have heard from many people (including my own dentist) that he was the best in cosmetic dentistry any where in the mid-west. My consultation was this morning. He was totally upfront about what he thinks the best route is for me and my teeth. I felt totally comfortable with his recommendations and confident in his abilities. I've been to an other dentist about this same issue years ago and it didn't feel right. Now that I've had the consultation with Dr. Margeas, I'm excited to finally move forward with fixing it. Every staff member was very welcoming and pleasant. It was a really nice place to be with a great energy there. If I didn't like my normal dentist so much, I'd absolutely become a regular there! Maybe I'll pop in for an extra cleaning or something. I'm happy to have found Dr. Margeas and his staff to help me correct my cosmetic issue. I highly recommend this business!read more
Brittany Reed
Brittany Reed
21:45 06 Feb 17
I was a bit worried going from my family dentist of over 12 years to a new provider, but they made me feel right at home immediately. Everyone was so friendly and wonderful. Already looking forward to going back in 6 months. I would highly recommend this practice to anyone!read more
Sarah Bailey
Sarah Bailey
01:09 22 Jul 16
Had my first appointment with Dr. Margeas and his operation is absolutely first class. All of his staff were wonderful, I was in and out in a short amount of time and felt very satisfied. I'm so thankful to have been recommended to try out Iowa Dental Group and would absolutely recommend them to anyone!read more
David Kinsley
David Kinsley
14:55 12 Aug 16
Competent, professional service! If you need dental work, this is the place to be👍😊
VeeAnn Cartwright
VeeAnn Cartwright
21:43 15 Aug 17
From the moment I arrived to the moment I left I felt me and my teeth were in great hands. The whole team is so kind, and my dentist was fantastic. I originally went in wanting veneers, keep in mind I am overly critical of my smile and teeth, and it was all I knew. My dentist educated me that he did not think veneers were the best choice for me, and gave me a much better option which costed about 6 times less than what veneers would have. He is a great dentist because he won't just do what makes him the most money, he does what is best for the patient. I just got done with my appointment and I could not be more overjoyed with my results. Thank you Iowa Dental Group team!:)read more
Caitlin Verette
Caitlin Verette
16:36 25 Sep 17
My daughter and I had a wonderful experience! The entire staff was very welcoming and Dr. Margeas was fantastic to work with! We learned so much from him and he made us feel comfortable with all the more
Nicole Ritland
Nicole Ritland
23:58 06 Dec 17
First and foremost, Dr Margeas is world renowned in the field of dentistry. He is considered one of the premier educators with practical application for clinicians everywhere. As a teacher he practices what he preaches by taking the most conservative approach for the patient with long term application and not for short term gain. Today I expected to have a crown done on tooth 30 which is perfectly acceptable to most clinicians. However, Dr Margeas was able to take the conservative approach without compromise of the tooth and provided a composite solution which should last a long time, holding off the need of a crown. Again the crown would have been acceptable. The staff, Dr Margeas, the complete experience is why he is one of the best globally and most caring dentist I have been more
Mark Nelson
Mark Nelson
21:54 12 Feb 18
Dr. Margeas is amazing in so many ways. First of all—he is brilliant! His knowledge in the field of dentistry cannot be matched. And he is articulate. He can communicate with his patients at any level. But more than that, he is a sincere person who really cares about the world and the people in it—he is genuine in his concern for each patient and is really interested in each of their lives. The entire team at IDG is always so positive and makes the visit a comfortable and pleasant experience. Thank you, Dr. Margeas!read more
Carol Dahlstrom
Carol Dahlstrom
00:51 13 Feb 18
Dr Margeas is one of the best dentists I have ever worked with. His ability with implants and cosmetic dentistry is world class. Not only the best of the best dentists but also an outstanding human being, I have known him for over 12 years and highly look up to him, in both work related business and everyday liferead more
Freddy Char
Freddy Char
23:53 14 Feb 18
On behalf of my wife this review: Dr Margeas along with his assistant Jana, are the two most incredible people and team I have ever worked with. My case was very extensive to include five crowns and ten veneers. Never in my life have I been able to bite like I can now. My teeth fit perfectly. The esthetics they achieved with the lab are completely natural looking. Dr. Margeas is a world renowned dentist, who by his demeanor, you would never know. Humble, kind and gracious don't even explain him or his skills. Forever, I am indebted to his team for the incredible work that he did on my case. Know with absolute confidence that Dr. Margeas and Jana will treat you with the best care possible with results exceeding more
Mark Nelson
Mark Nelson
12:51 12 Jun 18

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Iowa Dental Group prides ourselves in offering the highest quality dentistry at a fair and reasonable fee.

Iowa Dental Group

1233 63rd Street
Des Moines, Ia 50311
(515) 277-6358

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We have over 100 years of combined experience in our office and look forward to answering any questions or concerns you may have regarding your overall oral health.

Iowa Dental Group proudly serves the following areas.

Office Hours
Monday:7:30am - 5:00pm
Tuesday:7:30am - 5:00pm
Wednesday:7:30am - 5:00pm
Thursday:7:30am - 5:00pm