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Dental Bridges
Mesa, AZ

If you lose a tooth, it can be easy to try and ignore it, especially if the tooth is missing from an area that cannot be seen when you smile. However, even if you lose just one tooth, it can have a significant impact on your life. Missing teeth need to be replaced. At Timothy H. Kindt, DDS, we can replace a missing tooth with a bridge.

Effects of Tooth Loss

Tooth loss, including the loss of a single tooth, has a significant impact on your mouth. If the missing tooth is toward the front of your mouth, it can affect the quality of your smile and your confidence. It can affect your ability to chew, which can impact your digestive process.

Food can get lodged in the space, increasing your risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Tooth loss can impact your speech, often causing a lisp. Eventually, your jawbone begins to grow weak in the area where the tooth is missing, which can cause your surrounding teeth to shift out of alignment. This can throw off your bite, which can cause other serious issues.

Bridges for Tooth Loss

Bridges are a common treatment for restoring a missing tooth. This restoration can replace up to three consecutive missing teeth. There are a few different types of bridges, including Maryland bridges, cantilever bridges, and fixed bridges

A fixed bridge is the most common. It consists of the replacement tooth, called the pontic tooth, and two dental crowns, one on each side of the pontic tooth. The purpose of the crowns is to anchor the bridge securely into place. These crowns sit over the adjacent healthy teeth, called the abutment teeth. Bridges are made from ceramic, which provides a seamless, natural restoration of your smile.

Diagram of a dental bridge from dentist office in Mesa, AZ.

Dental Bridge Procedure

Getting a dental bridge takes two separate appointments. At your first appointment, we prepare the teeth. This preparation involves trimming the abutment teeth or removing a portion of their enamel. This is necessary to ensure that your new bridge fits in both comfortably and naturally. Once the abutment teeth have been prepared, which is done under a local anesthetic, we then take impressions of your mouth. These impressions are sent to our dental lab, where they are used to both design and fabricate your custom bridge. It can often take up to two weeks for the bridge to be completed and sent back, so a temporary bridge is placed while you wait. The temporary restoration helps to protect your abutment teeth. Once the bridge is ready, you have your second appointment. At this appointment, we check the bridge for fit, bite, and color, and then cement it into place over the abutment teeth.

Benefits of a Bridge

Bridges offer several benefits.
•  They restore your abilities to eat and speak.
•  Oral health is improved.
•  Your digestion is improved.
•  Your healthy teeth are kept in proper alignment.
•  You regain your smile, and your confidence.

Even if you cannot see the space left behind by a missing tooth, it is still important to get that tooth replaced. Call Timothy H. Kindt, DDS today to schedule your consultation and find out if a bridge is right for you at (480) 939-5818.
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1244 N Greenfield Rd, Suite 105
Mesa, AZ 85205-4078
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Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years with proper home care. Call for an appointment with Timothy H. Kindt DDS in Mesa today at (480) 939-5818.
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