Dental Bridge Replacements in Scottsdale, AZ
Missing teeth can easily be replaced by a beautiful, very natural-looking porcelain bridge. Rod W. Gore DDS offers traditional and cantilever dental bridges in Scottsdale as part of our restorative dental care services.
Arizona dentist Dr. Rod Gore may recommend a bridge to restore a patient’s chewing function, prevent teeth from shifting out of position, and offer a more youthful appearance.
There are 2 basic types of dental bridges:
- Traditional dental bridges – Adjacent teeth are used as the anchors that support the missing Sometimes a dental implant is used as the anchor to one or both sides of the bridge.
- Cantilever bridges – Only one adjacent tooth is used as a single anchor to the missing tooth. This can be beneficial in a situation where there is only one tooth next to the space.
Dental bridges are an effective solution whether you are looking to restore your GOREgeous smile or enhance it cosmetically. With the help of your trusted Scottsdale dentist, dental bridges can make a path toward finding your confidence.
What Are Dental Bridges?
Every tooth plays a vital role in your overall oral health. If even just one is missing, eating and speaking can be difficult. More pressure is placed on your remaining teeth, and this can cause your jaw to deteriorate.
Missing teeth may also negatively impact your self-confidence. Being able to laugh and smile at social events without worry is crucial to maintaining your mental health. Constantly being conscious of a gap in your smile can have long-term consequences on your life.
Our clinic in Scottsdale, AZ offers dental bridges to help. These are permanent and durable solutions to missing teeth. They look, feel, and function just like natural teeth, allowing you to speak, eat, and brush normally.
The procedure involves removing a portion of the enamel and dentin of the teeth adjacent to the missing one. These act as anchors for the replacement. A custom-fabricated porcelain bridge is then attached, restoring both the missing tooth and the removed portions of the ones used as anchors.
Who Needs Our Dental Bridges in Scottsdale?
If you have any missing teeth, they need to be replaced. Left alone, your remaining teeth won’t have the support they need to maintain a healthy jaw. There is an increased risk of gum disease, and you may develop a speech disorder.
Dental bridges are one of your options to prevent this. You also have other restorative dentistry options, such as dental implants and crowns. You’re a good candidate for the procedure if you:
- Are missing one or more teeth.
- Have good overall health (no severe conditions or infections)
- Have healthy teeth to support the bridge
- Have good oral hygiene
Restore your smile, confidence, and oral health through our porcelain dental bridges. Rod W. Gore DDS uses a wealth of experience and the latest technology to ensure your satisfaction.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Here are some of the advantages and benefits of dental bridges:
- Improved Appearance: They can help improve your smile and give you a more natural, aesthetically pleasing appearance.
- Improved Function: Dental bridges can restore your ability to chew and speak properly, which can greatly improve your quality of life.
- Long-Lasting: Dental bridges are durable and long-lasting dental restoration. With proper care and maintenance, they can last for many years, providing a stable and reliable replacement for your missing teeth.
- Convenient: Dental bridges are a convenient dental restoration that requires minimal maintenance. Unlike dentures, which need to be removed and cleaned daily, dental bridges are permanently fixed in your mouth and can be brushed and flossed like your natural teeth.
- Affordable: Dental bridges are an affordable option for replacing missing teeth, especially compared to more complex dental procedures like dental implants.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The process of placing dental bridges usually takes at least 2 appointments at our Scottsdale clinic. For your first visit, your dentist will file down the abutment teeth to prepare them for dental crowns. After this, the dentist will take a digital impression of your teeth and send it to a dental lab.
The lab will create your porcelain dental bridge, including the artificial tooth (or “pontic”) and the crowns for the teeth abutment. While these are being created, your dentist will place a temporary bridge over your teeth to protect them. Once the bridges are done, your temporary ones will be removed and the permanent ones will be cemented into place.
You will need to return so your dentist can adjust the bite and have it perfectly fit and comfortable in your mouth.
Once you have new dental bridges, keeping great oral hygiene up is essential. You must brush and floss regularly, and visit your dentist for regular cleanups.
For the first few days, avoid chewing gum and crunchy food like chips as they can affect how your bridges are placed. You must also chew on the side of your mouth opposite where you got the bridges. After the first day or two, you can resume eating normally.
Most dental insurance carriers will cover some or part of the cost of the bridge, so the front office will consult with the patient’s insurance to get a better estimate of the patient’s out-of-pocket expense. The cost of the bridge will include the appointments for the impressions and fitting, plus any follow-up visits needed to adjust the bite and fit
Why Choose Rod W. Gore DDS for Your Restorative Dentistry Needs?
- Accredited with the AACD
- Has been in operation since 1991
- Provides some of the most impressive dental restorations
- Uses advanced digital technology
A trusted Dentist Serving Families in Scottsdale for Nearly Three Decades
Overall, dental bridges are an excellent option for patients who want to restore their smile and improve their oral health. If you are missing one or more teeth, talk to your dentist about whether a dental bridge may be the right option for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
What problems can missing teeth cause?
- Bite problems
- Difficulty chewing
- Pain in your teeth and jaw
- Self-consciousness about your smile
Can anyone get dental bridges?
Most people can get dental bridges. If you’re suffering from gum disease or if the teeth adjacent to the missing one are unhealthy, you will likely need to treat those first.
How long do dental bridges last?
With good oral hygiene and regular professional cleaning, your dental bridges can last for 15 years. Afterward, it will need to be replaced. If the damage is limited to a small crack or chip, you may be able to get it repaired instead.
Will I have to restrict what I eat?
Not at all! You will have to avoid sticky and crunchy food like gum and chips for the first few days. Afterward, you’re free to eat as you usually would.
How is a bridge replaced?
If a bridge has to be replaced, the entire structure must be removed, including any abutment teeth prepared for the bridge. The new bridge will be made to fit your mouth and look just like your original one. A dental professional can use your existing teeth to help guide the placement of the new bridge.
How do I know if I need a bridge?
If you have missing teeth or teeth that are severely damaged, a bridge might be the best option for filling in gaps and restoring your smile. Your dentist can examine your mouth to determine if a bridge is right for you.
Can I get a dental bridge after a tooth extraction?
Yes, it is possible to get a dental bridge after tooth extraction. Your dentist will first have to wait for the extraction site to heal to create an accurate impression of your mouth and prepare abutment teeth for the bridge.
Rod W. Gore DDS
8535 E. Hartford Drive #208,
Scottsdale, AZ 85255
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Scottsdale, AZ 85255