Implants vs Bridges – Knowing The Difference

Dental Technology, Oral Health

Where to Get Your Dental Bridge In Phoenix

Traditionally, dental bridges have been the way to go when it comes time to replace a missing tooth. But these days more dentists are relying more on dental implants. Unfortunately an implant can’t be placed in every situation, so sometimes we still have to reply on our old friend, the dental bridge, to get the job done.

What Is A Dental Bridge?

A dental bridge is a restoration that’s placed over the adjacent teeth to the missing one, and it’s used to “bridge” in the gap with a solid, artificial tooth. In other words, the teeth on either side of the space are covered with crowns and the gap is filled with a false crown known as a “pontic.”

These three pieces are connected together to make a bridge.

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The Dental Bridge Procedure

In order to fit a bridge, our Phoenix dentist has to reduce the thickness of the adjacent teeth. Once your teeth are prepared, Dr. Behbahani will use our CEREC machine to design and mill your new teeth from CAD/CAM technology while you rest comfortably in one of our dental suites.

The CEREC same day crown machine is the latest in technology when it comes to fabricating same day restorations. This method leaves out the middleman (the dental laboratory) and saves both the dentist and patient time. It also ensures that you bridge is fabricated correctly the first time, to the specifications of our Phoenix dentist.

As soon as the bridge is complete, our Phoenix dentist will bond it to your teeth, and you’ll be on your way. This entire process used to take several weeks and two appointments to complete. The CEREC machine has seen many satisfied customers just by doing what it does: turning a multi-step procedure into something that can be completed in a few hours.

When a Bridge Is a Better Solution Than an Implant

As we mentioned earlier, not everyone is a good candidate for a dental implant. Here are some instances in which a person may be looking at a bridge in order to get their missing tooth replaced:

  • Sinus cavity linings are in the way of the potential implant
  • Bone issues such as having enough, it being too thin, or not dense enough to hold an implant
  • There is not a sufficient amount of space to place an implant
  • Active gum disease
  • Certain health conditions that prevent a person from having implant surgery (blood thinners, joint replacements, etc.)
  • Time limitations: As we mentioned earlier, with the help of our CEREC machine, a dental bridge can now be completed in one sitting. The implant process requires multiple visits and months to complete.

Deciding Which Is Best for You

Central Valley Dentistry in Phoenix can help you decide which tooth replacement option is best for your smile. When visiting our office for a consultation, we’ll examine the area in question and give you our best recommendation. We’ll address all of your concerns, and answer all of your questions. Iif you’re needing to get a tooth replaced, give our Phoenix dentist a call today!

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