Dental bridges are great because they can help fill that gap caused by a missing tooth. Bridges also look very natural and blend in with your other teeth. Bridges should always be comfortable when worn. If there are times where you feel pain under your dental bridge, we recommend contacting our office immediately. At R2 Center for Dentistry we care about your oral health, and always put our patients first. When you call our East Wichita dental office, we will make sure you can be seen promptly.

What Can Cause Pain Around My Bridge and What Does It Mean?

In order to find out what is causing you to have pain, a detailed examination is required. Our team will ask you questions, and if needed take x-rays to inspect the bridge and areas around it in the mouth.

  • Your bite may be off resulting in the bridge becoming loose.
  • Decay may be present under the crown that supports the bridge.
  • You may have developed gum disease, and this has weakened your teeth.
  • You may have an infection or abscess.
  • Extreme tooth sensitivity

Decay can develop underneath your bridge over time if food gets stuck in between your teeth. If left untreated this can lead to an infection, and cause pain or other complications. Once we have determined what is causing you pain, we can develop a treatment plan to help get you back to wearing your bridge comfortably.

R2 Center for Dentistry is the leading East Wichita dentist for oral appliances and restorative dentistry. Our team is committed to providing the highest quality care using state of the art technology, in a comfortable and relaxing environment.

Pain can be felt after your bridge procedure, but this should always subside after a few days. If you notice you still have pain a week or so after the procedure this can mean you have either an infection, or a bridge that needs to be evaluated and fit again.

Practicing good oral hygiene is important, and cleaning your bridge to keep it fee of plaque can help prevent complications and pain. Our team can give you tips and tricks on how to care for your bridge at home with brushing and flossing regularly.

Looking for a Dentist in East Wichita?

If you are looking to find out more about dental bridges in East Wichita, R2 Center for Dentistry is here to help. We provide flexible hours and always put our patients’ health first. We welcome new patients to our practice, and our team will always ensure you have an exceptional experience when you visit our office.

Our East Wichita office is conveniently located near Connie’s Cookies making this a great location for patients in the area.

To schedule your appointment please contact R2 Center for Dentistry East Wichita, and our friendly staff will be happy to help you!


Missing teeth can affect a person’s confidence, and make it hard to speak in front of other people. If you have a tooth gap or missing teeth, R2 Center for Dentistry can help. We specialize in cosmetic dentistry and are the leading cosmetic dentists in Marion. Our doctors have years of experience providing patients with beautiful white smiles, and our office is equipped with state-of-the-art technology.

What Causes a Tooth Gap?

Many patients have a gap in their teeth, and this is actually very common. Tooth gaps or diastema can be genetic, or due to the way your teeth and jaw are aligned. Sometimes thumb sucking when you are a child can cause a tooth gap. Periodontal disease can cause bone loss, and patients may develop gaps in their teeth.

Options To Fill Tooth Gaps

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding uses composite material that is tooth-colored to fill gaps between teeth. The bonding material can fill the space, and is a good option if you have a small gap. This option is cost effective and little to no prep work is required. The procedure is quick and does not require anesthesia.

Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are thin layers of tooth colored material that are bonded to the front of your teeth. Veneers are stain resistant and are durable. Veneers can fill in a tooth gap, and are a great choice for patients looking for a natural smile. The veneers can be matched to your natural teeth and blend in nicely.


Invisalign is a treatment that uses clear aligners to gently move teeth into place over time. Invisalign has the ability to close gaps in teeth, and is a great alternative to traditional metal braces. The clear trays are removable which makes it easy to drink or eat.

Dental Implants

If your tooth is damaged and we are not able to save the tooth, implants may be a great option. Implants can replace your damaged or lost tooth, and give you support for a dental bridge or dentures. Implants preserve your jawbone and reduce bone loss. Dental implants are a permanent solution that is durable and can last a lifetime.

Interested in Finding a Dentist in Marion?

If you are interested in finding a dentist near you that provides excellent cosmetic dental services as well as many others, R2 Center for Dentistry can help. Our doctors support superior dental heath and give patients the highest quality dental care available. We care about our patients, and always put your health first.

If you are looking for a Marion dentist we encourage you to schedule an appointment with us and join the R2 family. Our Marion office is located near St. Luke’s hospital making us a convenient option for families living in the Marion area.

To schedule your appointment contact R2 Center for Dentistry, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you!

Dental Restorations

Dental bridges help to bridge the gap between one or more missing teeth. Bridges have one or more crowns or implants on either side of the gap and false teeth in-between them. If you have a gap caused by a missing tooth and that gap is embarrassing, a bridge may be right for you. Bridges are typically made from porcelain material, and this looks natural and blends in with your other teeth.

There are many different types of bridges available.  Depending on how many teeth are missing, and if you have natural teeth on both sides will help decide what type of bridge is recommended.

Types of Dental Bridges

Traditional Bridge

A traditional bridge is a type of bridge with two anchoring crowns on either side of the replacement tooth. This is the most popular type of bridge, and is used when the gap has natural teeth on both sides.

Cantilever Bridge

A cantilever bridge is used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth. This type of bridge is not used as much anymore, and it not as common as the other options. Cantilever bridges tend to put too much pressure on other teeth and this can cause damage.

Maryland Bonded Bridge

This type of bridge has metal or porcelain wings, and these are bonded to the existing teeth. Maryland bridges are made out of porcelain or porcelain fused to metal.

Implant Supported Bridge

This type of bridge is similar to the traditional dental bridge, but is supported by a dental implant. The implant is inserted into the jaw and the bridge is attached above the gum line. This type of bridge has an advantage over the other types and helps to prevent bone loss. Implant supported bridges are the most stable compared to other bridge options. Surgery is required to insert the implant and does take longer.

What Are the Advantages With Dental Bridges?

  • A dental bridge offers an effective solution for tooth replacement. Bridges are aesthetically pleasing and help restore mouth function.
  • Helps to maintain structure in the mouth and hold teeth in place to reduce shifting and bite issues.
  • Helps to reduce bone loss and maintains facial structure.
  • Is comfortable in the mouth and feels like a natural tooth.
  • Does not require removal for cleaning. Bridges should be cleaned just like natural teeth with brushing and flossing daily.

Looking To Find Out More?

If you are interested in finding out if a bridge is right for you, scheduling a consultation in our office is the first step. Dental bridges are affordable and a reliable solution for missing teeth. Let us help you get that perfect smile!

To schedule your consultation please contact our office, and our staff will be happy to assist you.

Dental Crowns

A dental crown is a type of dental restoration that places a cap over a tooth or dental implant. Crowns help keep the underlying tooth from breaking apart, and can be used to help fix an area on a tooth that is broken. There are different types of crowns available to patients, and depending on the severity of the tooth will determine which type of crown is best. Crowns are typically made of hard materials such as porcelain or ceramic, but can also be made of gold, resin, or stainless steel. They can be made to match the color, size, and shape of your natural teeth and blend in nicely.

Pros of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns improve your appearance, and can help correct any cosmetic issues in the mouth. There are many benefits to dental crowns, and crowns are commonly used today.

  • Crowns are used to replace large or worn out fillings in the teeth
  • Restore dental implants
  • Restore cracked, injured, or damaged teeth
  • Correct discoloration or alignment
  • Reshape your teeth
  • Keep cracked or damaged teeth from breaking down further
  • Protect the underlying tooth after a root canal
  • Crowns are durable and last for years

Cons of Dental Crowns

With any dental procedure there are always some disadvantages patients should consider. In some cases, crowns may need to be repaired or replaced. This is not common but does happen occasionally. During a crown procedure the tooth has to be filed down to ensure the crown can be securely placed. If a crown is not fitted properly there is risk that it can fall out, or allow bacteria to enter underneath the crown. Patients may become more sensitive to hot or cold after their crown is placed. Our office typically recommends a sensitive toothpaste to help with this issue.

If patients ever have an issue with a crown we encourage them to contact our office right away. Leaving a damaged crown untreated can lead to further issues or complications. Overall, crowns are extremely helpful in preserving teeth, and give patients a beautiful natural white smile. The benefits of crowns definitely outweigh the risks.

Interested in Finding Out More?

If you are interested in finding out more about dental crowns, or if you have a damaged or discolored tooth, a dental crown may be the right solution. Our team is available to help you take the next step towards that perfect smile.

To schedule your consultation with our team contact our office, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you!