We proudly provide traditional and implant-supported dental bridges at our Chandler, AZ office. If you are missing between one and three teeth, we will evaluate your oral health and treatment goals. Then, working together, we will determine the right type of bridge for you. Both types are durable and realistic, made from advanced dental materials. They will also have important health benefits, especially implant-supported bridges, which will prevent jawbone recession. When you come to Value Dental Centers Chandler, you will benefit from our precise techniques and modern technology. In fact, we can often provide same-day bridges with our in-office milling machine.
Traditional Dental Bridges
Traditional bridges are reliable and affordable, made of several attached crowns. We use state-of-the-art dental porcelain to create our bridges. With its realistic color and sparkle, your restoration will blend in with the rest of your teeth.
If you choose this type of bridge, the crowns on each end fit over your nearby teeth (abutment teeth). Therefore, it is important that these teeth are strong and healthy. Prior to recommending a bridge, your dentist will conduct a visual exam. He or she may take x-rays, as well. If the abutment teeth are weak, or if you have suffered decay, an implant supported bridge or partial denture may be more appropriate.
Placing a Traditional Bridge
To make room for your bridge, your dentist will need to reshape the abutment teeth. After administering local anesthesia, he or she will trim off thin layers of dental tissue. Then your dentist will take digital impressions of your teeth with our innovative chairside scanners. The imaging process will be quick and comfortable, and the resulting impressions will be extremely accurate. Then we can upload the images to our in-office milling machine, which will create your bridge in about an hour. Once it is done, your dentist can attach it to your teeth. Thanks to our technology, you can enjoy complete dental function after just one appointment.
Implant-Supported Dental Bridges
Implant-supported bridges perform the same functions as traditional bridges. However, instead of attaching to your teeth, this type of restoration will connect to implant posts, which your dentist will surgically set in your jaw. Like our traditional bridges, our implant-supported restorations are made from high quality materials.
During your restorative consultation, your dentist will take x-rays and CT scans of your jaw. Bone recession can affect your ability to receive implants, since the posts must have enough support. However, following an advanced bone grafting procedure, you may still be a candidate for treatment.
Placing an Implant-Supported Bridge
When you receive an implant-supported bridge, your dentist will perform a meticulous, minimal-discomfort surgery. After numbing the area and administering additional sedation, he or she will set dental implant posts in your jaw. Usually you will require two posts for complete support. It will take four to six months for your jawbone to heal around the posts, during which time we will provide a temporary restoration. When you have fully healed, we will attach your permanent bridge to the implant posts.
The Benefits of Dental Bridge
A bridge can improve your oral function, dental health, and appearance. Most noticeably, the prosthetic will fill in the gap between teeth to give you a complete, youthful smile. At the same time, your bridge will improve your ability to bite and chew. In some cases, it can even enhance the clarity and precision of your speech.
Furthermore, a bridge can protect your other teeth. If you do not receive a dental restoration, these teeth will shift, migrating to fill in the gap in your smile. A bridge will maintain your proper dental alignment. An implant-supported bridge will have extra health benefits. Replacing your tooth roots, the implant posts will send regenerative signals to your jaw. In this way, the implants will prevent jawbone recession and additional tooth loss.