A dental bridge replaces one or more missing teeth, blending perfectly with your other teeth to refresh your appearance and make you happy to showcase your smile. At Tucson Premier Smiles in Tucson, Arizona, Kim Paukune, DDS, creates beautiful, customized bridges that are strong and work just as well as your natural teeth. If you’re missing teeth and would like to learn more about dental bridges, call the office or request an appointment using the online booking feature today.
A traditional bridge is made up of two crowns (caps that go over teeth) with a new porcelain tooth between the crowns. The crowns anchor the bridge by going over the healthy teeth on either side of the gap where you’re missing a tooth.
You can choose a less expensive option, called the Maryland bridge, that eliminates the two crowns. This bridge is bonded directly to the adjacent healthy teeth. Another type, a cantilever bridge, requires a healthy tooth on only one side of the bridge.
The most stable type of bridge uses dental implants to anchor the two crowns. Implants are small posts that go down into your jaw and have a small piece that sticks up from your gum. The crowns anchoring the bridge are securely attached to the implant.
Though replacing a missing tooth is great for your appearance, there’s another reason to consider a dental bridge.
When there’s a gap due to a missing tooth, the surrounding teeth slowly move out of their normal position and toward the opening. Without a bridge to fill in the gap, the teeth become misaligned and cause bite problems.
Absolutely. The visible part of a dental bridge matches the color and size of your existing teeth.
Many bridges use porcelain in the visible areas, with metal on the back side. Porcelain looks like your natural enamel, while the metal provides the strength needed to endure the pressure of chewing and biting.
Getting a dental bridge is a two-step process. During your first visit, Tucson Premier Smiles prepares your teeth and uses the iTero® digital scanner to get a 3D image of your mouth.
If the bridge has crowns, your preparation consists of removing some of the enamel from the neighboring teeth. This makes space for the crown.
If you’re getting an implant-supported bridge, your provider inserts the implants. Then your jaw needs time to heal before they attach the bridge.
Your 3D image goes to a high-quality lab where your bridge is produced. When the bridge is ready, you go back to the office, and your provider puts the bridge in place.
If you have missing teeth, don’t wait to explore the benefits of getting a dental bridge. Take a few minutes to book an appointment online or call the office today.