If you are missing several teeth, a dental bridge may be an ideal way to restore function to your smile. At our office in Tempe, AZ, we place custom, tooth-colored bridges to match our patients’ surrounding natural teeth. Not only do bridges restore function to your smile, but they also improve your appearance and look completely natural. At Value Dental Centers Tempe, we offer both traditional dental bridges and implant-retained bridges to meet the various needs of our patients and stay within their budget.
Am I a Candidate for a Dental Bridge?
If you are missing two to three teeth in a row with healthy teeth on either side of the gap, you may be a candidate for a dental bridge. Dental crowns are typically used to support a traditional dental bridge. If you opt for a traditional bridge, your surrounding teeth must be healthy enough to support the crowns and the bridge. To qualify for an implant-retained bridge, you must have sufficient jawbone tissue to support dental implants. If you don’t have enough tissue, a bone graft may be necessary to improve your eligibility.
What is the Difference between a Traditional Bridge and an Implant-Retained Bridge?
Both traditional bridges and implant-retained bridges are custom-made from tooth-colored materials such as porcelain or zirconia. These options are strong and durable, and will not affect the aesthetics of your smile. Although each one will restore your smile’s function and appearance, there are some key differences between the two options. When you meet with one of our dentists for a consultation, they will thoroughly explain each option to you and discuss your budget.
Traditional Dental Bridge
Traditional dental bridges are more affordable than dental implants, and most patients will not require preliminary treatments to qualify. Crowns placed over the surrounding healthy teeth will support a traditional dental bridge. To place a traditional bridge, the two surrounding teeth are reshaped to accommodate the crowns. Using our chairside milling units, we will take impressions of your teeth and then upload these images to craft your custom-made crowns. Once your crowns are in place, your custom dental bridge can be affixed to the crowns.
This is the more expensive of the two options. If you require preliminary treatments to qualify, that will further increase your costs. Dental implants are a lengthier treatment process overall as well. The titanium implants are embedded into your jawbone. It can then take three to six months for the implants to fully integrate with your jawbone. During this time, you may be given a temporary dental bridge to wear. Once the integration process is complete, you can return for the placement of your final, custom bridge. This bridge will attach to your implants for a stable and permanent restoration. Despite the lengthy process, an implant-retained bridge offers more benefits than a traditional dental bridge.
What are the Benefits of a Dental Bridge?
Both traditional dental bridges and implant-retained bridges offer the benefits of restoring your smile’s function and appearance. By filling the gap of missing teeth, we can prevent future misalignment problems and reduce your risk of periodontal disease. Missing teeth can make chewing and speaking more difficult. With a custom dental bridge, you can chew and speak with ease and confidence.
Traditional dental bridges are more budget-friendly and can be place much faster than an implant-retained bridge. Although it is a more expensive option and a lengthier process, implants actually improve your oral health. Dental implants can act as your natural tooth roots to draw essential nutrients to the jawbone to prevent bone degeneration. Dental implants offer a more solid and permanent foundation for your bridge.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you are embarrassed about gaps of missing teeth in your smile, contact Value Dental Centers Tempe today to schedule a consultation.