Are you looking for a way to replace multiple missing teeth? Dental bridges are restorative dental treatments that fill the gap left by one or more consecutive lost teeth. Replacing one to four teeth with a bridge can help prevent problems with speaking and eating. Additionally, replacing missing teeth can help prevent problems like tooth decay and gum disease. We welcome patients to discover more about different bridges and dental bridge treatments in our Sahuarita, AZ, office.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A traditional dental bridge consists of false teeth held in place by crown-capped teeth. These natural teeth are adjacent to a tooth gap left by one or more lost teeth. Bridges are made of porcelain fused to metal, so patients have false teeth that blend in with natural teeth, yet the durability of metal.
Implant-secured dental bridges use dental implants instead of natural teeth for support. We will recommend a single dental implant if patients have a missing tooth. However, multiple implants can support a dental bridge. Implant bridges do not require support from natural teeth. Therefore, natural teeth do not require preparation for a crown.
Dental Bridge Treatment in Sahuarita, AZ
Before creating a bridge, we must determine if patients have good oral health. We will also take X-rays as needed for implant treatment. If we provide a single implant or implant-supported dental bridge, we place the implant or implants and wait for 3 to 6 months as patients heal. During this time, the implant post-fuses with the jaw bone. While implants take longer than traditional bridges, many patients find their restorations are durable and last longer.
We will send dental impressions for traditional and implant-secured bridges to ensure that the false teeth fit properly and match the shape and shade of natural teeth. Patients requiring traditional bridges will require crowns to support their bridges. We will prepare the natural teeth for the crowns and attach the bridge once complete.
Create a Fuller Smile Today
Are you interested in a dental bridge? Contact Dr. Morris today at 520.412.9162. Feel free to request a dental appointment with Dr. Morris on our website.