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Dental Bridges (Traditional, Cantilever, and Resin Bonded Bridges) – Scottsdale, AZ*

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Overview

Missing teeth can easily be replaced by a beautiful, very natural looking porcelain bridge.  Arizona dentists, Dr. Rod Gore and Dr. Whitney Sebree, may recommend a bridge in order to restore a patients chewing function, prevent teeth from shifting out of position and offer a more youthful appearance. There are  2 basic types of dental bridges:

  • Traditional dental bridges – Adjacent teeth are used as the anchors that support the missing tooth,  Sometimes a dental implant is used as the anchor to one or both sides of the bridge.
  • Cantilever bridges – Only one adjacent tooth is used as a single anchor to the missing tooth.  This can be beneficial in a situation where there is only one tooth next to the space

What to Expect

Preparing and placing a dental bridge usually takes at least 2 appointments at the dentist’s office. During the first visit, the dentist will prepare the abutment teeth by filing them down to make room for the dental crowns. After the teeth are prepared, the dentist will take impressions of the teeth, which will be sent to a dental laboratory where experts will create a bridge, including the pontic and surrounding crowns for the abutment teeth. While the permanent bridge is being created, the dentist will place a temporary bridge over the patient’s teeth for protection. Once the custom-made bridge is returned to the dentist’s office, the dentist will remove the temporary bridge and cement the permanent bridge into place. The dentist will check and adjust the bridge to give the patient their best fit, but the patient may need to return in a few weeks to have their fit and bite checked.

Treatment Aftercare

Dental bridges can last 5 – 15 years, or longer with proper home care and regular exams and cleanings by the dentist. Patients can keep their bridges and natural teeth healthy by brushing twice a day, flossing, and using an antiseptic mouthwash daily. Patients should make annual dental exams and bi-annual dental cleanings with their dentist to ensure the bridge is clean and in good condition.

Anticipated Costs

Most dental insurance carriers will cover some or part of the cost of the bridge, so the front office will consult with the patient’s insurance to get a better estimate of the patient’s out-of-pocket expense. The cost of the bridge will include the appointments for the impressions and fitting, plus any follow-up visits needed to adjust the bite and fit.

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If you avoid smiling to hide a gap in your teeth, call our office to schedule a consultation and learn about dental bridges and if they are right for you. Your dentist can tell you if a dental bridge can improve the appearance of your smile and give you a healthier mouth.