Dental Bridges in Phoenix
Create Beautiful Smiles
Consider how much work your teeth do for you every day. You count on them to bite, chew, grind, gnash, clench, chatter and smile. With that kind of workload, it is no wonder that teeth sometimes succumb to wear, breakage and even loss. The American College of Prosthodontists estimate that some 178 million people in the United States have at least one missing tooth. If you are one of them, then perhaps you should consider having a dental bridge. Our dentists will custom design a well fitting and attractive prosthetic.
Missing Teeth and Your Health
Whether you have been dealing with tooth loss for a short or long time, you are likely familiar with the challenges. First, your appearance may embarrass you. Family, friends and acquaintances are sure to notice the gap in your smile. Some people are simply too self-conscious to socialize in this situation.
There are also oral and general health concerns. Did you know that the loss of one tooth increases your risk for gum disease and decay in remaining teeth? Gum (periodontal) disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in America. Unfortunately, a vicious cycle of gum disease and tooth loss may ensue if treatment for both concerns is not begun. Another oral health risk that can happen as a result of missing teeth is an uneven bite. This could occur when teeth adjacent to the gap in your smile begin to shift in order to take up space.
Finally, periodontal disease is linked to a number of health problems such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular illnesses and stroke. For these reasons and others, tooth replacement is a necessity and not a luxury.
Rebuilding Your Smile with a Dental Bridge
As the name suggests, a dental bridge spans the gap in your smile. To remain firmly in place, the bridge must be anchored. In most cases, those anchors are dental crowns that are mounted to healthy teeth on both sides of the gap. These teeth are gently reshaped to accommodate the crowns. Dr. Sharma and Dr. Ludu want to make sure the crown and bridge fits smoothly between your other teeth and that is why a small amount of tooth structure must be removed. If nearby teeth are not healthy, then dental implants may be able to solve the problem.
Using a dental impression, our professional dental lab creates your bridge. The entire piece (both the crowns and the bridge) are built as one structure in order to create the strongest bridge possible. Once the crowns are bonded into place, the bridge will provide you with years of service. We look forward to helping you recomplete your best smile at Devoted Family Dental.