Dental Bridges – Goodyear, AZ
Say Goodbye to Unsightly Gaps
Tooth loss is a common issue people face all throughout the country. Approximately 178 million Americans are missing one or more teeth. The good news is that losing a tooth doesn’t mean that you need to go the rest of your life without it. At Goodyear Family Dentistry, Dr. Kallen Wheeler offers high-quality dental bridges, so you can say goodbye to unsightly gaps. To learn more about dental bridges in Goodyear, give us a call! Our team would be more than happy to answer your questions and get you started with an initial consultation.
Why Choose Goodyear Family Dentistry for Dental Bridges?
- Can Last 10+ Years with Proper Care
- Dentist Committed to Continuing Education
- Flexible Financing Options Available
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is a type of restoration that’s used to replace one or more missing teeth in a row. This can be anywhere from one to four teeth! The bridge is composed of two crowns and number of replacement teeth known as “pontics.” The crowns are anchored on the adjacent teeth or dental implants depending on the type of bridge you end up getting. Bridges can be made from a variety of different materials, but porcelain is usually the ideal choice because it offers a strong, natural-looking restoration.
Types of Dental Bridges
If it is determined that a dental bridge is the right tooth replacement option for you, you will end up with one of the following to meet your needs:
If you still have healthy teeth on either side of the gap that needs to be filled, a traditional bridge is likely an ideal option. The teeth that support the crowns on each side of the replacement tooth are known as “abutment teeth,” and they need to be slightly altered in order for the bridge to fit properly. This type of restoration can be placed in just a few visits and are typically more affordable than their counterpart.
If you have three or more missing teeth in a row, the crowns will likely be placed on titanium dental implants as apposed to abutment teeth. The implants will fuse with the jawbone in a process called “osseointegration” and act as tooth roots. This keeps your bridge stable while also helping to prevent bone loss that can occur when you’re missing teeth.
The Benefits of Dental Bridges
Traditional dental bridges are a cost-effective option when it comes to tooth replacement. They provide both strength and stability for easier chewing and speaking, and they help to maintain the shape of the face. Bridges also prevent surrounding teeth from shifting around. Dental implant bridges typically last longer than traditional bridges and they help to prevent bone loss from occurring later on.