One of the options available to replace your missing teeth is a dental bridge. Our dentist may recommend a bridge to replace a single tooth or several missing teeth so that you can once again enjoy a confident smile. Contact us at 480-461-9944 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Robert Baker and learn more about dental bridges in Mesa, Arizona.
What are dental bridges?
Dental bridges are a type of prosthetic tooth used to replace one or more missing teeth. They are called bridges because they literally “bridge” the gap caused by your missing teeth to restore your smile, appearance and oral function.
When are dental bridges recommended?
Dental bridges are recommended in situations where one or more teeth are missing, and the patient is not a suitable candidate for dental implants or prefers a non-surgical option. They are an excellent choice for individuals with healthy adjacent teeth that can support the bridge. Bridges can also:
- Prevent adjacent teeth from shifting into the empty space and maintain the natural alignment of the teeth.
- Restore your ability to speak, eat and chew normally.
- Alleviate excess stress on the bite.
- Support your facial shape and volume.
- Replace removable partial dentures.
How long does it take to complete a dental bridge?
Most dental bridges require two appointments to complete. During the first appointment, our dentist will prepare the abutment teeth (the adjacent teeth that will support the bridge) by reshaping them to fit dental crowns. Impressions of the teeth are then taken to create a custom bridge that matches your bite and smile.
A temporary bridge may be placed to protect the exposed teeth while the permanent bridge is being fabricated. This process can take a couple of weeks.
At the next visit, the temporary bridge is removed, and the custom-made permanent bridge is bonded in place. Our dentist will ensure the bridge fits properly and make any necessary adjustments for comfort and aesthetics.
Schedule A Consultation
To schedule a consultation at Robert Baker Dentistry and learn if a dental bridge is right for you, please call our office and speak with a member of our team.