Tooth loss is a challenge for everyone; whether it’s because of a sports injury, severe infection, or a planned extraction, it takes a physical, emotional, and psychological toll. It hurts to chew, you may be disappointed that you lost a tooth too soon, and your self-confidence suffers.
Fortunately, modern dentistry offers several solutions for tooth loss, and one of the most widely-used is dental bridges.
What a Bridge Does
A bridge is a dental prosthetic that is designed to restore function and appearance to your smile. It consists of two dental crowns with an artificial tooth or pontic suspended between them. The pontic sits in the space left by the missing tooth, and your dentist places the crowns on the teeth on either side of the empty space.
How a Bridge Improves Esthetics
A bridge allows you to chew again without discomfort and also solves the esthetic problem of a missing tooth. Let’s face it – a noticeable gap in your smile was cute as a kid, but not so cute as an adult!
Your bridge is customized to fit your smile perfectly but also to complement and enhance your appearance. Your dentist can choose an all-porcelain bridge that provides the longevity, durability, and esthetics you desire.
The appearance of dental porcelain is a close match for tooth enamel, and your dentist can further customize the shade, so it matches surrounding teeth and blends beautifully and seamlessly with your smile.
The result is a comfortable, functioning smile that you are proud to share with others.
Is a Dental Bridge Right for You?
Dental bridges in Phoenix work well when the teeth on either side of the space are strong and healthy enough to support the crowns. If that isn’t the case for you, Dr. Chad Hines may recommend a partial denture or dental implant as better options.
If you have a missing tooth and would like to see if a bridge is the right solution, please call Dental Care at Moon Valley to arrange a convenient consultation to discuss your needs.