Dental Bridges FAQs

If you are missing teeth as a result of infection, trauma, or some other reason that has left your smile incomplete, you have restorative options for your smile, such as dental bridges in Sun City, AZ, which are offered at Grand Dental. 

What Is a Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a dental appliance that is designed to fill gaps in the mouth that are left behind from missing teeth. The bridge consists of a ceramic or porcelain artificial tooth that is supported on each end with dental crowns. Depending on your situation, the bridge may contain one or more “filler” teeth. 

What Are the Benefits of Dental Bridges?

Missing teeth can impact your appearance, causing your self-esteem to take a huge hit. In addition, having a missing tooth can keep you from biting and chewing properly, which leads to additional stress on the jaw. The gap may also cause the rest of your teeth to shift unnaturally, leading to misalignment. A bridge can prevent all of these issues, leaving you with a full, beautiful smile that you can be proud of. 

What Does the Procedure Consist Of?

You will first visit a dentist in Sun City, AZ, for a bridge prep visit. At this appointment, the teeth that will be adjacent to the dental bridge will be filed down to make room for the crowns. A mold will also be taken from your smile so that the prosthetic can be created. Until your bridge is ready, a temporary one will be provided for you. Once your permanent bridge is ready, it will be installed at a second appointment. The bridge is then held into place with a bonding agent. 

How Long Do Dental Bridges Last?

With proper maintenance and care, your dental bridge can last as long as your natural teeth. Dental porcelain is similar to your natural teeth in hardness, durability, and resistance to moisture, materials, and bacteria. In the event that your bridge suffers damage, a dentist can repair it for you (or replace it should the damage be that severe). 

How Do You Care for Dental Bridges?

If you fail to maintain proper oral hygiene, your teeth will suffer, which may cause your dental bridge to suffer as well. Therefore, it is imperative to continue to brush twice daily and floss once per day. You should also undergo twice-annual dental cleanings. Make sure to clean around the bridge thoroughly as well to avoid the buildup of bacteria and plaque. 

When you need to improve the appearance of your smile with bridges in Sun City, AZ, call (623) 972-2156 to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists at Grand Dental.

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