Correcting Tooth Loss with Dental Bridges in Mesa, AZ
Sometimes there’s no way to prevent the loss of teeth completely. Whether you’ve lost teeth as a result of the natural aging process or from tooth decay, gum disease, a sports injury, or another traumatic event, it’s important to replace them quickly to prevent your other teeth from shifting their alignment. When you have a missing tooth, your mouth automatically shifts pressure to the vacant spot, which can result in many damaging disorders, including periodontal disease. Fortunately, Sandstrom Dental Group offers many effective solutions for missing teeth, including dental bridges, for our Mesa-area patients. A dental bridge is a device that creates a natural smile by combining your real teeth with dental implants, bridging any gaps caused by missing teeth and ensuring that your teeth remain appropriately aligned.
Removable or Permanent Dental Bridges
If a dental bridge is applied soon after your teeth are lost, it can drastically reduce the risk of further complications. Bridges can either be removable or fixed (permanently attached). A fixed bridge is either inserted by placing dental crowns on the abutment (surrounding) teeth or by bonding the artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth for support. Removable bridges are typically attached to your teeth using metal clasps or precision attachments.
As their name implies, removable bridges can be taken out and cleaned. However, fixed bridges tend to offer more stability than their removable counterparts. Bridges are usually made of a combination of gold alloys, non-precious alloys, and porcelain. Brushing and flossing will be essential to keeping your teeth and bridge clean for your long-term dental health.
Have Questions about Dental Bridges? Schedule a Consultation
Missing teeth not only dim your appearance, but they can also make daily tasks like eating and speaking more difficult. One of the best solutions for replacing missing teeth are dental bridges, and Mesa’s Sandstrom Dental Group would welcome the opportunity to explain their many benefits to you. It usually requires two to three appointments to install a dental bridge because your teeth will need to be carefully prepared for the procedure. We’ll also need to create an impression of your mouth to ensure the appropriate bridge size for your teeth. Please contact us to learn more about this type of procedure or to schedule an appointment for a consultation with our friendly dentist in Mesa, Arizona!