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Gentle Care Dentistry & Implants

General Dentist & Dental Implant Provider located in Sierra Vista, AZ

If you’ve developed gaps in your upper or lower arch or you’re having difficulty chewing, dental bridges can help improve the mechanics of your bite. At Gentle Care Dentistry & Implants, in Sierra Vista, Arizona, Kent Hales, DDS, Cynthia LoGalbo, RDH, and the team provide patients with comprehensive and durable dental bridges. If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of dental bridges, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Bridges Q&A

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What is a dental bridge?

A dental bridge is a dental device that closes the gap where you have missing teeth. Kent Hales, DDS at Gentle Care Dentistry & Implants can anchor a bridge in place either by using a dental crown or your natural teeth for support. 

Bridges are the most effective when you have natural teeth neighboring the gapped area. For the best results, your dentist files down the natural tooth in the treatment area and places a crown over it that acts as a buttress for your bridge. 

Are there different types of bridges?

Each person has different needs when it comes to dental bridges. That’s why Gentle Care Dentistry & Implants offers two different types of bridges to ensure the best fit and long-lasting results: 

Traditional bridge

Traditional dental bridges are the most popular type of dental bridge and typically feature one prosthetic tooth. Your dentist attaches a traditional dental bridge to two permanent abutment teeth on either side of the gap using dental crowns.

Implant-supported bridge

If you have more than one tooth missing, your dentist might recommend an implant-supported bridge.  This restoration method uses implants to secure the bridge permanently.  

When should I consider getting a dental bridge?

While many people elect to have dental implants, they aren’t for everybody. Dental bridges serve as a great alternative if your jaw bone density isn’t strong enough to withstand the implant procedure without requiring a bone graft. 

Bridges also allow you to bypass orthodontic treatment like braces if your teeth have started to shift out of alignment. 

If you struggle with gaps in your teeth and are placed in comprehensive treatment to fully restore your natural smile. Get in touch with Gentle Care Dentistry & Implants by calling the office or requesting an appointment online today.