An Effective Tooth Replacement Solution
At Sonoran Dental Design in Scottsdale, AZ, we can help patients with missing teeth restore their smiles with dental bridges. Bridges can be supported by natural teeth or by dental implants. For a bridge to last as long as possible, patients need to take proper care of their teeth and their restoration.View transcript
So a bridge would be replacing three or more teeth. You would have a missing tooth in the middle, and the section where it's replacing the missing tooth is called the pontic. So you could have a tooth-borne bridge, or you could have an implant-borne bridge. A tooth-borne bridge, the bone in the middle, where the missing tooth is, is not going to be stimulated. So over time, people will have bone loss, and they'll have recession. It puts more stress on those abutment teeth. So sometimes teeth will fracture or they need to have root canals. Or if patients aren't good with their hygiene, they may not be cleaning up underneath that bridge because you have to use a floss threader to get up underneath there. If you have multiple teeth missing, you could do an implant-borne bridge as well. It's not going to be prone to tooth decay. It could be prone to gum disease. You still need to be taking care of the bridge. If a patient didn't want to replace their teeth with something fixed that they cannot take out, which is a dental bridge, either implant-borne or tooth-borne, then it would be a removable partial denture. So it would be teeth that would come in and out. A dental bridge will last, just depending again on the patient's habits, how good they are on their hygiene and how their bite is and how they take care of their teeth, it could be one year, it could be 10 years, it could be 15 years. It varies on the patient and where that bridge is and how hard they are on their teeth.