Alta Sky Dental
4303 W Peoria Ave
Glendale, AZ 85302
Bridges are aptly named dental devices because they “bridge” gaps when one or more consecutive teeth are missing. They require a crown on either side of the gap, and then full false teeth are placed in between. In this case, the crowned teeth are called “abutment teeth” because they are truly anchoring the false teeth in place. Your Glendale dentist will follow the usual crown placement procedure for the abutment teeth, which will likely include filing and re-shaping these teeth so they are the strongest anchor possible. In some cases, you may be given “bonds” or temporary teeth until your crown arrives (only in cases where the crowned teeth are very visible).
The false teeth can be made from a number of materials including resin, ceramic, porcelain, stainless steel, and metals. All have different benefits and potential drawbacks. For example, metals are much stronger than resin, ceramic, or porcelain, but of course don’t look like your natural teeth. However, since they are also much more affordable, they are popular picks if you need a bridge that isn’t visible. Bridges in front teeth often feature a naturally colored material.
A missing tooth or teeth can cause a lot of problems. Depending on where the gap is, it can interfere with your speech and ability to chew. In some cases, it can even cause the appearance of an uneven face. If gaps are visible, they can also make a person very self-conscious. How attractive your smile is connects with a number of factors including self-esteem, how others see you, first impressions, and more. Bridges are also key in properly distributing your bite and prevents nearby teeth from shifting.
Getting bridges in Phoenix can also be a less invasive and more affordable option compared to implants. Unlike implants, which require a post to fuse to the jawbone and can take several weeks, bridges can be placed fairly quickly—often in just two appointments. There is no dental surgery required, although some patients need a deep cleaning prior to crown placement. Many insurance policies may partially cover bridges, and our reputable Glendale dental office will help communicate with your agent.
Types of Bridges
There are three major types of bridges, and your Phoenix dentist will help you decide which fits best. Traditional options place “pontic” (false) teeth between the two bridges. Usually, ceramic or porcelain fused to metal is the preferred material, although there are some exceptions. Cantilever bridges are sometimes required when it’s only possible to have one abutment tooth (such as when it’s your farthest back tooth/teeth missing). Usually, cantilevers only replace one missing tooth.
Finally, Maryland bonded bridges (also known as a resin-bonded bridge) use a special plastic material for the teeth. They are held in place with a metal skeleton with metal wings on the bridge sides. This is the least common option, but in some cases it will be your best match. Talk with your dentist about bridge options for you.