A missing tooth means hindered functionality of the mouth, ruined aesthetics of the smile and most of all, loss of self-confidence. If left untreated, it can cause the remaining teeth to loosen from their sockets and eventually lead to tooth loss. Hence, it is essential to fill the gap between the teeth to restore the mouth to its original state.
Dental bridges are probably the simplest and most comfortable replacement to natural teeth. They do not require a surgery and last a long time with proper maintenance. Drs. Stephen S. Garner, Thor G. Thorson, and Jason R. Boeskin are highly experienced dentists who offer the best replacement solutions to extracted teeth. Together, our team provides the best dental care in Yuma, AZ.
Why should you choose bridges?
- Bridges fill the gap left by an extracted tooth and prevent the drifting of the adjoining teeth. Thereby, they help to maintain the facial shape.
- Since they are made from tooth-colored material, they are indistinguishable from the natural teeth.
- They restore the functionality of the mouth, especially the ability to bite and chew food.
- They offer high stability, durability, longevity, and strength.
Bridges are a combination of a prosthetic tooth and two crowns on either side. Sometimes, there can be two or three prosthetic teeth along with the crowns if there are more than one missing tooth. The dentist would take scans and x-rays of the mouth and use the data obtained to fabricate them. The crowns would sit on the teeth adjoining the gap and hold the replacement tooth in place. They will be firmly bonded on to the prepared teeth with the help of dental cement and hardened using a curing light.
Implant supported bridges
Implant supported bridges are the ones that are supported by dental implants. Implants are nothing but small metal posts that are inserted into the jawbone and serve as tooth roots. They provide excellent stability, last longer and are aesthetically more pleasing in comparison to conventional bridges. The crowns that go with the bridge will be placed on the implants and bonded to them. However, the patient must contain sufficient jawbone tissue for getting dental implants. In case the patient has suffered from jawbone deterioration, a bone graft may be in order to restore its optimum size and density.
Call us at (928) 317-1900 or schedule an online appointment to know more about dental bridges and how best to go about your treatment.