Bridges and Implant-Retained Bridges

If you are missing teeth, we can supply a beautifully lifelike restoration to complete your smile and reinstate your dental function. Our dentists provide lifelike dental bridges made from state-of-the-art materials. At Value Dental Centers in Gilbert, AZ, we can often use our advanced milling machine to create bridges in an hour or less. We can also provide dental implant-supported bridges for the ultimate in stability. No matter which type you choose, your bridge will improve your overall oral health and prevent additional dental concerns. When you come to our office, we will carefully determine the right type of bridge for your needs. Then we will work tirelessly to ensure that your bridge matches your smile and maintains your natural bite alignment.

Traditional Dental Bridges

A traditional dental bridge can typically replace between one and three teeth. Made up of several crowns, the two crowns on each end will fit over your natural teeth. Therefore, to place a traditional bridge, your dentist will need to reshape those teeth. Prior to this step, he or she will administer local anesthesia, so you should feel very little during treatment. Then your practitioner will use a digital scanner to gather precise images of your teeth and gums. We will upload those three-dimensional models to our advanced milling system. Carving a solid piece of tooth-colored porcelain, the machine will produce your bridge in about an hour. Because we use the latest materials, your prosthetic will have a natural color, translucence, and sparkle. If the bridge fits correctly, and you are both happy with its appearance, your dentist will attach it to your abutment teeth. Any minor sensitivity will subside within a few days, and you will enjoy complete dental function.

Implant-Supported Bridges

Implant-supported bridges are the same size as traditional bridges. However, instead of attaching to your teeth, this type of restoration will connect to small titanium implant posts. Your dentist will surgically insert these posts in your jawbone, using our advanced imaging to ensure the most accurate placement possible. Your jaw will heal around the posts, making them a permanent part of your oral structure. In four to six months, healing will be complete, and your doctor can attach your dental bridge. Just like our traditional bridges, your implant-supported restoration will be meticulously designed to match your smile.

The Benefits of Dental Bridges

Both traditional and implant-supported bridges will restore your smile and improve your dental function. Once your bridge is in place, eating will be easier, and you can resume a full, varied diet. In some cases, your bridge could also enhance the clarity and precision of your speech. Most noticeably, of course, your restoration will improve your appearance. After treatment, you could look years younger, and your renewed smile will enrich your other facial features, as well.

Additionally, your prosthetic will prevent further dental damage. When there is a gap in your smile, your other teeth will shift into this space. Over time, your whole bite could move out of alignment. A bridge will fill in the gap to maintain your healthy bite. If you choose dental implants, they will also prevent jawbone degeneration. Because the dental implant posts will replace your dental roots, they will send restorative signals to your jaw, generating new tissue growth.

Which Type of Bridge Is Right for You?

The type of bridge you select will ultimately depend on your budget, treatment goals, and jawbone health. Implant-supported bridges cost more than traditional prosthetics. However, they are more realistic and offer greater protection for your jawbone health. Therefore, if aesthetics and durability are major concerns, you will typically find implants to be a great investment. Your dentist will also take x-rays of your jaw to determine your candidacy for an implant-supported bridge. Jaw recession can affect your eligibility because the posts must have enough bone tissue for support. Often, however, you can receive implants following a bone grafting procedure.

Contact Us for a Consultation

Contact our office today to receive your dental bridge. It’s time to enjoy a complete, healthy smile.