Crowns and Bridges – Oro Valley, AZ

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Oracle Family Dental
10195 N Oracle Rd Ste. #111
Oro Valley, AZ 85704

Crowns and Bridges

Crowns and Bridges – Oro Valley, AZRenew Your Smile with Crowns and Bridges

Replace One or Multiple Teeth, Improve Your Health and Image

Crowns and bridges (“bridges” for short) are dental prosthetics, meaning they replace natural teeth that have fallen out or were extracted. A bridge is made of a dental crown, one or more solid manmade teeth (pontics), and another crown. It literally bridges the space that missing teeth leave behind. If you’ve lost teeth, replacing them is important to the future of your oral health. We want to partner with you to restore a balanced bite and great oral health, so you can enjoy your smile for the rest of your life.

Learn about teeth replacement options, including crowns and bridges, at a consultation with Dr. Johnson in our Oro Valley, AZ dental office.

Benefits of Tooth Replacement

One lost tooth, not replaced with a bridge, places all healthy teeth at risk for premature failure. Every tooth in your mouth takes on part of the work that biting and chewing require. A single lost tooth, and certainly many lost teeth, mean that remaining teeth must compensate, enduring increased pressure and work. This stress can cause tooth wear, damage, and ultimately, failure and loss.

Another concern is that healthy teeth, in their effort to balance the workload, will drift toward the space left by a missing tooth. This may not seem like a problem, but actually, when teeth shift out of alignment, occlusion is altered. Occlusion refers to the relationship between upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed – how their chewing surfaces fit together. Malocclusion (improperly fitting together) can stress the jaw joints and lead to bruxism (teeth grinding) and TMJ disorder. Bruxism occurs when sore jaw muscles spasm while you sleep. The result is often tooth wear and worsening malocclusion.

A lost tooth can initiate a downward spiral for oral health. So, if you’re missing one or more teeth, even if the spaces do not show when you smile, it is important that you have those teeth replaced with a bridge or dental implant.

Learn about teeth replacement options, including crowns and bridges, at a consultation with Dr. Johnson in our Oro Valley, AZ dental office.

Placing a Crown and Bridge

Design, fabrication, and placement of your bridge will require two visits, perhaps three. If Dr. Johnson examines your records and oral health, then determines you need a bridge retained by crowns, he will schedule the two appointments to complete your procedure. If you want an implant-retained bridge, an outpatient surgical procedure will be required.

At your first visit, the dentist will prepare two teeth to hold your bridge in place. He’ll then take a dental impression and shade matching data for the ceramist who will fabricate your crown and bridge. You will wear a temporary until your next appointment, which will be in a few weeks.

If you opted for implant retention, the first appointment will involve surgical placement of your implants. This will be followed by a three to six month healing period, called osseointegration, during which time you will wear a temporary. Once your mouth has healed, you’ll return for permanent placement of your bridge.

Whether crowns or implants will retain your bridge, your second visit will involve removing the temporary and permanently cementing the lab-made crown and bridge in place. Dr. Johnson will assess your occlusion to make sure it’s balanced, and he’ll make adjustments to the bridge if necessary.

Caring for Your Bridge

Taking good care of your crown and bridge will increase its potential to last many years. Never chew ice with your bridge. Brush and floss regularly, and use a bridge flosser to clean between the bridge and gums. We can demonstrate how to properly use a bridge flosser, and if you have any questions, please ask. Be sure to attend six-month checkups and cleanings, as well.

Learn about teeth replacement options, including crowns and bridges, at a consultation with Dr. Johnson in our Oro Valley, AZ dental office.

Call Today for Your Appointment

If you’re missing one or more teeth, don’t delay replacement. Doing so could allow problems to arise; promptly replacing lost teeth will ensure that your occlusion remains balanced and natural teeth aren’t stressed or overworked. Call to schedule your appointment to discuss crowns and bridges with Dr. Johnson in our Oro Valley, AZ dental practice.