A dental bridge is a fixed restoration that replaces one or more missing teeth. The bridge is anchored to healthy teeth on either side of the gap left by the missing tooth or teeth, and these anchor teeth are called abutments. The false teeth or teeth in between are called pontics. At Phoenix Family Dentistry, A dental bridge is custom-made to fit your mouth perfectly. It’s designed to match the color of your natural teeth so that it blends in with the rest of your smile.
To place a bridge, the dentist in Phoenix first prepares the teeth on either side of the gap by removing some of the enamel to make room for the crowns. Next, they take impressions of your teeth to create the bridge. While the new bridge is being made, a temporary bridge is placed to protect the exposed teeth and gums. When the permanent bridge is ready, the temporary bridge is removed, and the permanent bridge is cemented in place.
A traditional bridge is a false tooth held in place by crowns on adjacent teeth. The crowns are cemented onto the existing teeth, and the false tooth is fused between them.
A cantilever bridge is used when only one adjacent tooth is on one side of the gap. This bridge consists of a crown for the abutment tooth with a suspended pontic.
A Maryland bridge is similar to a traditional bridge, but the pontic is held in place by a metal framework instead of dental crowns. This type of bridge requires less preparation of the abutment teeth than the traditional bridge.
An implant-supported bridge uses dental implants as anchors instead of crowns. These implants are surgically placed into the jawbone. Once the bone fuses with the titanium post, the bridge is attached to it.
A dental bridge can help restore the look and function of your smile. Visit Phoenix Family Dentistry at 13821 N 35th Dr Suite 2, Phoenix 85053, or call (602) 755-6684 to see if a bridge is right for you.