A Natural, Lasting Solution
Tooth loss can impact your life in a variety of ways, from weakening your self-esteem to affecting your ability to eat or speak. Fortunately, our Chandler dental team can restore any number of missing teeth and improve the look, feel, and function of your smile.
Explore our guide to learn more about dental bridges and how Dr. Kevin Otteson can help bring your confidence back.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is an excellent tooth replacement solution used to fill gaps between one or more missing teeth. The replacement tooth in a dental bridge, known as a pontic, is placed on your adjacent teeth to support the restoration. Bridges can be held in place with two dental crowns, or can be secured using dental implants.
There are several types of bridges, and during your consultation, Dr. Otteson will discuss the best options for your particular case. The most popular solution, a traditional bridge, is usually made of porcelain-fused to metal for a seamless-looking appearance.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are a highly durable tooth replacement option that’s customized to match your surrounding teeth for a natural-looking solution. They’re designed to improve your teeth’s functionally and restore your smile for years to come.
With a dental bridge, you won’t have to worry about gaps in your smile any longer. You can speak with ease, eat your favorite foods, and live freely without restrictions. Because it’s a fixed solution, a dental bridge may need to be replaced or re-cemented due to normal wear.
Receiving Your Dental Bridge
At Otteson Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Otteson can complete your smile with a bridge in two or more appointments to our dental office in Chandler, AZ. The procedure consists of a few simple steps:
- During your first visit, we’ll prepare the anchoring teeth by gently removing a portion of enamel and capping them with a dental crown for increased strength and protection.
- Dr. Otteson will take a digital impression of your teeth, which will be sent to a dental laboratory where the bridge will be fabricated.
- We’ll also provide you with a temporary bridge that you’ll wear for several weeks until your customized bridge is ready.
- Once the bridge is finished, typically two weeks later, you’ll return to our Chandler office so Dr. Otteson can place your new restoration.
- We’ll carefully check, adjust, and cement your permanent bridge for a snug fit. Once it’s secure, you’ll be ready to enjoy all the benefits of a perfect, complete smile.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does a dental bridge last?
Dental bridges are made from highly durable porcelain and typically last for ten to fifteen years. By following a good oral hygiene routine and scheduling regular dental checkups with Dr. Otteson, you can help increase the longevity of your restoration. During your checkups, Dr. Otteson will examine your dental bridge and tighten the hardware if necessary.
Can a dental bridge fall out?
It’s extremely rare that a dental bridge will fall out because they’re structured to be sturdy and lasting after placement. While they may become loose over time, Dr. Otteson can easily tighten it during a routine appointment.
If your dental bridge feels loose, or in the event that it falls out or breaks, contact us immediately by calling (480) 899-6229. In the meantime, it’s important to avoid trying to fix the bridge yourself or trying to re-adhere it. Doing so could damage it further.
Are dental bridges covered by insurance?
In most cases, insurance won’t pay for your dental bridge. However, you may be able to get a portion of your treatment covered depending on the terms set by your plan and provider. If you have any questions about your insurance, we’ll be happy to assist you.
What is the difference between a temporary and permanent dental bridge?
A temporary dental bridge is a restoration that’s provided after your first visit while you wait for your permanent bridge. This means you won’t have to live with gaps in your smile while you wait for your customized restoration. Temporary bridges are natural-looking and fully-functional for your convenience.