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Dental Bridges In Phoenix & Ahwatukee, AZ

What They Are, Types & Reasons

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What Are Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges are a dental restoration procedure used to replace missing teeth. They can be either artificial (fixed) or natural (removable). The use of this type of treatment will depend on the severity and location of the tooth loss. Bridges are made from a series of porcelain or gold crowns that span the space where teeth have been removed. A bridge may be attached to adjacent teeth for extra support in some cases.

In most cases, it takes two visits with your dentist for this procedure to take place: One visit in which impressions are taken and molds created, and another visit when you return so your dentist can fit your new dental bridge.

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Types of Dental Bridges

  • Fixed Bridges: an artificial bridge cemented or bonded to the teeth on either side of a space where one or more teeth are missing.
  • Removable Bridges: this type of bridge can be taken out and cleaned as it rests in your mouth between dental visits.
  • Cantilever Bridge: This bridge uses only two abutments (teeth) for support.
  • Maryland Bridge: The most common type used by general dentists has three crowns – two at the front and one behind them holding the pontic (tooth replacement)
  • Trestle bridge: A combination fixed-removable bridge with all components anchored into place using implants attached directly to natural tooth roots.

Reasons We Need Dental Bridges

  • Bridges fill all the space left by missing teeth, preventing tooth migration and the collapse of the facial skeleton.
  • They help keep your bite appropriately aligned, which can prevent jaw problems down the road.
  • Missing teeth can cause bone loss in your jaw, leading to an altered appearance over time.
  • Dental bridges stabilize remaining teeth and stop them from drifting out of position.
  • A bridge helps improve chewing ability and speech articulation.
  • Unsupported adjacent teeth are more susceptible to decay and periodontal disease (gum disease).
  • The pontic (tooth replacement) on a dental bridge is made to look just like your other natural teeth so that it will be difficult to tell which ones are fake – giving you back your confident smile.
  • Compared to dental implants, bridges are cost-effective to replace missing teeth.
  • Dental bridges can last up to ten years with proper care (and may even last longer).
  • They do not require any special maintenance other than brushing and flossing like your other teeth.
  • Bridges protect the jawbone from deteriorating due to lack of use after tooth loss.
  • They help distribute chewing forces evenly across all of your teeth, which may decrease your risk of developing TMJ Disorder (a disorder that affects the temporomandibular joint – the joint that connects your lower jaw to your skull).
  • A bridge helps prevent speech impediments caused by missing teeth.
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I love this dental office! The whole team is wonderful to work with and Dr. Michelle Ly is fantastic! I'm very please with my new dental bridge 🙂 Thank you

Laura S.Patient
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Are Dental Bridges Right for Me?

In conclusion, dental bridges are an excellent solution for tooth loss. They fill the spaces left by the missing teeth, preventing tooth migration and the collapse of the facial skeleton. They help keep your bite appropriately aligned, which can avert jaw problems down the road. Missing teeth can cause bone loss in your jaw, leading to an altered appearance over time. Dental bridges stabilize remaining teeth and stop them from drifting out of position-a bridge helps improve chewing ability and speech articulation. The pontic on a dental bridge is made to look just like your other natural teeth so that it will be difficult to tell which ones are fake – giving you back your confident smile.

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