Dental Bridges in Scottsdale Arizona

Removable partial and complete dentures are commonly advised by dentists for the replacement of removed or lost teeth. However, people wish to have fixed replacement prosthesis in place of missing spaces in the mouth. Fixed teeth can be provided in the form of dental bridges. Dental bridges are in fact a combination of dental crowns in which an artificial tooth is used to replace the missing tooth connected on both sides to dental crowns placed on prepared natural teeth. Dental bridges are fixed on natural teeth with the dental bridge examplehelp of special luting cements. Dr Jerome Riddle and his staff at the Dental office in Phoenix Arizona provides state of the art fixed dental bridges for the replacement of missing teeth.

When do I need dental bridges?

Dental bridges are required for replacement of missing or removed natural teeth. If natural teeth are extracted intentionally as part of planned treatment for space regain and correction of crowding, no replacement bridges are necessary. However, when decayed, traumatized, fractured and cracked teeth are removed leaving spaces in the mouth, Dr Jerome Riddle and his staff at the Dental office in Phoenix Arizona advises getting fixed dental bridges.

Adjacent teeth tend to tilt and drift towards the missing spaces left by lost teeth. This condition leads to mal-occlusion and loss of further teeth. Spaces between the teeth due to lost teeth also pose esthetic problems. In such cases, bridges are opted to improve the facial appearance and avoid adverse consequences in future.

What are the pre-requisites for getting a dental bridge?

Fabrication of a dental bridge requires strong adjacent teeth and sound alveolar bone in order to provide adequate support to the artificial tooth placed in the missing tooth space. The adjacent teeth are termed as abutment teeth while the replacement artificial tooth is the pontic. Dental bridges are ideal for the replacement of a single tooth. However it can be opted to restore more missing teeth. Due to recent advancements in the dental sciences and development, Dr Jerome Riddle and his staff at the Dental office in Phoenix Arizona advises dental implants as a replacement option if large number of missing teeth need to be replaced.

Will my dental bridge match adjacent natural teeth?

Dental bridges are constructed with porcelain, ceramic and porcelain fused to metal materials. Porcelain shades match tooth color and provide esthetic prosthesis. In porcelain fused to metal crowns, the metal sub-structure does not show through the porcelain.

What will be the procedure for the construction of my dental bridge?

Dr Jerome Riddle and his staff at the Dental office in Phoenix Arizona will evaluate the missing tooth socket and adjacent teeth for adequate bone support and strength. Preparation of the natural teeth will be performed for clearing space for placement of crowns. An impression of the arch will be recorded and model will be sent to the dental laboratory. A custom fabricated dental bridge will be made by the dental technician following instructions given by Dr Jerome Riddle. On the next visit, dental bridge will be cemented and post insertion instructions will be given.

How can I maintain my bridge?

Dental bridges require special oral hygiene maintenance care. Brush and floss your dental bridge just like natural teeth. However, Dr Jerome Riddle and his staff at the Dental office in Phoenix Arizona will guide you about special care of your dental bridges.

What are the adverse effects related to dental bridges?

A. Removal of sound tooth structure from adjacent teeth is the biggest issue related to fabrication of dental bridges. This is an irreversible alteration in healthy teeth. A degree of gum inflammation and irritation can be observed with placement of crown margins below the gums. This can be avoided through supra gingival margin placement whenever possible.

Visit Dr Jerome Riddle and his staff at the Dental office located at 7010 East Chauncy Lane, suite # 140 Phoenix AZ, 85054 or call us today at (480)-991-4410 or click here for scheduling a consultation visit for dental bridges.