Dental Crowns and Bridges in Glendale, AZ

Dental Crowns and Tooth Bridges are artificial replacements for missing teeth. Crowns are affixed to dental implants, and bridges function more like your actual teeth. Though these are both appropriate options for missing teeth, they are very different procedures.

A dental crown caps a damaged or decaying tooth, or is placed on top of a dental implant to replace a missing tooth.

Implants are metal fixtures that are surgically fastened to the jawbone, just below the gums. Metal implants are anchored and fused to your bone in a process called osseointegration. This fusion provides exceptional support that functions like a normal tooth with no problems with eating, drinking or speaking. Implants can take a while to fully heal, with a normal timeframe being between 6-12 weeks. After the implant is healed an abutment, or metal post, will be placed into the implant that will mount your crown.

Bridges, while also a good choice, do not often last as long as implants. A bridge can close a gap in your smile by using a false tooth (a pontic) that is held in place by teeth on either side of the gap. Pontics are typically made from porcelain to match with your natural teeth. There are many types of bridges, and Desert Valley Dentistry would be happy to make a recommendation for you.

Bridges may need to be replaced within 5-15 years, while implants are considered a permanent option. Factors such as maintenance, proper care, and dental hygiene play significant roles in how long your crown or bridge may last.

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