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James L. Davenport II, DDS
General Dentistry featuring Cosmetic & Restorative

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5501 N ORACLE ROAD SUITE 141 TUCSON ARIZONA 85704    

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HALF A MILE NORTH OF THE TUCSON MALL  

Bridges

 

Dental bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth. Your existing teeth are used to literally create a bridge to cross the area where your tooth is missing. Bridges are made from gold, metal, alloys, or porcelain to ensure that they are strong and durable.

The process of creating a bridge: The existing teeth are recontoured to provide a base for the bridge. After the abutments have been created, a mold is taken of the area which is sent to a dental lab. The lab is able to use the mold to create a bridge that will fit properly and feel as close to your natural teeth as possible. The bridge consists of two crowns on either and a pontic, which is the new tooth that replaces your missing tooth.

We will fit you with a temporary bridge while we wait for the lab to craft your bridge. This will protect the abutments and the exposed gum areas. When the bridge has been created, you will have a follow up visit to seat the bridge. It will be placed with adhesive to make sure that the bridge is set.

The bridge may take a little while to get used to, but after a few days it should feel like you have your own teeth back again. You should eat soft foods for the first few days after having your bridge placed. After the initial phase, you will be able to eat whatever you want with no issues.

If you are missing a tooth you should consider having it replaced. Besides the disadvantage of missing a tooth, it could also cause structural changes to your jaw, as well as making it difficult to eat or speak properly.

 
 
 
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