For people who are missing teeth and/or have a dysfunctional bite, smiling, eating, and even speaking can be a chore. We restore smiles with dental bridges at our Mesa, AZ, dental office. At Value Dental Centers Mesa, we offer both traditional and implant-retained dental bridges. All bridges are fixed appliances, designed to replace one, two, or three missing teeth in a row. Traditional bridges attach to crowns, while implant-retained bridges are secured to small posts implanted into the jawbone. Replacing your missing teeth will restore your confidence, improve your oral health, and decrease the potential for losing more teeth.
Is a Dental Bridge a Good Option for You?
Missing teeth can cause embarrassment and loss in self-esteem. At Value Dental Centers Mesa, we care about your overall health and appearance, and we want to restore your confidence by giving you a complete, beautiful smile. If you are missing up to three neighboring teeth, you may be a good candidate for a dental bridge. If you’re concerned which bridge is right for you, rest assured, when you come in for your visit, your implant dentist will walk you through the options and help you decide the best solution for you.
Traditional Dental Bridges
With a traditional bridge, the restoration will be secured to a few natural, healthy teeth. Therefore, your teeth must be strong enough to support the prosthetic. To place a traditional bridge, your implant dentist will prepare your teeth to hold the crowns on either end of the bridge. Because your time is important to you, it’s important to us. With our state-of-the-art chairside milling capability, we can have your bridge ready in about an hour. Before you know it, you will be walking out the door with a strong, durable bridge, and a fresh sparkle in your smile.
On the other hand, if you determine that an implant-retained bridge is in your best interest, your dentist must first determine if you have a healthy jawbone. If you don’t have a jawbone prepared to handle the weight of the bridge, the dentist can recommend a bone graft to reverse jaw bone recession and improve your candidacy for implants.
If your oral health is good and your jawbone density is solid, the dentist will perform a carefully planned oral surgery, installing posts of titanium into your jawbone. The bone tissue will seal around the posts, to create prosthetic teeth roots. Due to the more in-depth process of an implant-retained bridge, it can take up to four to six months to be fully ready. During this time, you will wear a temporary prosthetic.
An additional benefit of an implant-retained bridge is bone preservation. Our bodies are extremely resourceful. When teeth are missing, the body knows that it does not need to sustain teeth any longer. As a result, it redirects nutrients to other parts of the body. Jawbone recession occurs over time, which can alter facial shape and make a person appear aged. Implants eliminate the potential for jawbone degradation. Once installed, the implant posts act like teeth roots. When you use your mouth, tiny vibrations in the implants will alert the body to supply essential nutrients to the jawbone. As a result, the jaw will remain healthy and strong.
The Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges benefit individuals cosmetically, but can also improve other areas of oral health. Missing teeth allow space for other teeth to shift out of place, which can cause malocclusion. Poor dental occlusion contributes to the developemnt of a teeth grinding habit (called bruxism) and TMJ disorder.
By replacing your teeth with either a traditional bridge or implant-retained bridge, you can help prevent further dental problems, as well as restore your beautiful smile, healthy bite, and speech patterns.
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