Bridges and Implant-Retained Bridges

Do you want to replace your missing teeth and enjoy a complete, youthful smile? If so you may be a candidate for a dental bridge. We provide both traditional and removable dental bridges at Value Dental Centers in Goodyear, AZ. All of our restorations are made from advanced materials for a lifelike color and finish. We can also provide same-day bridges in many cases, thanks to our state-of-the-art milling machine. Additionally, if you select an implant-supported bridge, our team can provide highly precise implant surgery with minimal discomfort and a short healing time. We will schedule a complete consultation to help you explore your options and determine which type of bridge may be right for you.

Are You a Candidate for a Dental Bridge?

Dental bridges are usually appropriate if you are missing between one and three teeth. If you have a larger gap in your smile, a partial denture will typically be more appropriate. You may also benefit from a dental bridge if you are preparing for an upcoming extraction of multiple teeth.

What Is a Traditional Bridge?

If you choose a traditional bridge, your dentist will attach the prosthetic directly to your adjacent teeth. Therefore, these teeth must be strong and healthy. Made of several conjoined crowns, your bridge will fit snugly inside the gap in your dental arch.

Placing a Traditional Bridge

Before placing a bridge, your dentist will reshape the teeth that will support your restoration. He or she will numb your teeth before treatment and use very gentle techniques, so you should experience minimal discomfort. Then your practitioner will use a chairside scanner to create digital molds of your teeth. These impressions will be more accurate than manual impressions, and they will upload to our milling machine. The machine will then produce a custom-designed bridge, carved from durable, tooth-colored materials. On average, the entire process will take an hour, so you could enjoy renewed dental function after just one appointment.

What Is an Implant-Supported Bridge?

Implant-supported bridges are the same size as traditional prosthetics. However, instead of attaching to your teeth, this type of restoration will connect to implant posts set permanently in your jaw.

Placing an Implant-Supported Bridge

To determine your candidacy for an implant-supported bridge, your dentist will take x-rays of your jaw. Through this process, he or she will look for signs of bone recession. Often, your practitioner may be able to place the implants in the strongest parts of your jaw. In other cases, he or she may suggest a bone graft to restore lost tissue. After any preparatory treatment, your dentist will place two or more implant posts. Your bone and gums will heal around the implants. Thus, the posts will permanently replace your tooth roots. Recovery will take four to six months, after which your dentist can attach your bridge to the tops of the implants. Just like our traditional bridges, our implant-supported restorations are made from advanced materials. Therefore, your restoration will be an almost perfect match to your smile.

The Benefits of Dental Bridges

Both types of bridges will improve your dental function, appearance, and oral health. Most noticeably, of course, your restoration will fill in the gap in your dental arch. Therefore, after treatment, you will feel much more confident about your smile. You may also look significantly younger. Additionally, your bridge will make it easier to eat, and you can resume a more normal and varied diet. In some cases, the clarity of your speech could also improve, particularly if you are missing teeth in the front of your mouth. Plus, your bridge can prevent serious dental misalignment. By closing the space in your smile, your restoration can keep your other teeth from shifting and moving into this gap. Finally, an implant-supported bridge will have additional health benefits, since the implants will prevent jawbone recession.

Contact Value Dental Centers Goodyear

To learn more about bridges and to find out which type may be right for you, contact Value Dental Centers Goodyear today.