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Permanently Attached in Your Mouth
A Bridge is a fixed permanent restoration/partial Dentures are removable.
A dental bridge spans the missing teeth or gap attached to both sides the abutting teeth, providing a natural-looking and functions normally.
Dr. Dennis measures and molds your custom-made bridge that will look like your own beautiful teeth.
Porcelain fused to metal bridge
Zirconia (all porcelain) bridge
The color for either will be matched to your own teeth or whiter if preferred.
The fit and functionality is the same for both.
Zirconia (all ceramic) bridge
Visible - the metal may likely show at base
Visible - the metal can show through as tooth wears down
Strength - very durable base material made of metal alloys -cobalt, nickel, and chromium.
Life - on average, a porcelain fused (PFM) bridge or crown may last about 10-15 years with proper maintenance.
Allergic & aesthetics - if you have allergies to metals, PFM is not the right option for you. Nor if you're concerned for the cosmetic value.
Cost: PFM is the most affordable route
Visible - it looks like a natural tooth even at the base
Visible - the tooth will look the same as the tooth wears down
Strength - very durable made with zirconium dioxide that's related to titanium, although categorized as a type of ceramic.
Life- a Zirconia bridge can last for decades or even a lifetime with proper maintenance
Allergic & aesthetics - an all-ceramic bridge or crown is clearly a healthier and more beautiful choice for your smile.
Cost: Zirconia is nearly double PFM, but well worth the cost!
Common Questions About Bridges
Dental bridges are restorative structures used to replace missing teeth that may have been lost to trauma, dental decay, extraction, or age. During the procedure, your dentist will use dental crowns to “bridge” the space between the teeth you may be missing. Now, bridges are usually made from porcelain so that they can be shaded to look natural and even last longer.
A partial dental bridge or removable partial denture (RPD) consists of artificial teeth that are attached to a small, gum-colored or pink plastic base. Metal framework or other flexible materials may also be used to hold the partial in place. RPDs can be a good tooth replacement option if you still have some natural teeth remaining in your upper or lower jaw.
Dental bridges typically don’t hurt. In fact, when Dr Dennis is working on your teeth to prepare them for a bridge, she will use local anesthesia to numb the area. After the numbing agent wears off, you may experience some slight pain and sensitivity, but an over-the-counter pain medication should be all you need.
Traditional, fixed bridges are permanently cemented in your mouth. But if you opt for a removable, partial dental bridge, then you can remove it at any time. Many patients remove bridges while they sleep and for cleaning purposes.
Dental bridges can last anywhere from five to 15 years and some patients can use the same ones for decades! However, the durability of dental bridges is dependent on a variety of factors; including how well you take care of your teeth, where the bridges are located, and the materials used to create them.
Even though bridge tooth replacements can last for many years, problems still occur. If you have a broken bridge, or you chip or break a tooth, Dr Dennis can repair the damage. Just be sure to let her know as soon as possible if you notice something wrong with your dental bridge. Putting things off could mean the loss of your bridge!
In short, yes — your dental bridge may be replaced. If your bridge has significant chipping, breakage, or comes off completely, then your Dr. Dennis may want to replace it with a new one. However, a replacement bridge typically won’t last as long as the first one. If you want a more permanent option that will last longer, dental implants are typically recommended as a far better tooth replacement option.
Dental bridges are an affordable tooth replacement option. The cost of dental bridges varies, and with insurance the costs reduce significantly. In the U.S. most patients pay between $300 and $1,000 for a bridge to replace a single tooth. You'll pay more for an all-porcelain bridge than for a porcelain-fused metal bridge. Yet, in Mexico with Dr. Dennis, you'll only pay about 1/4 the price. Even with airfare, accommodations, and meals, you will still save bundles.
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I had 5 teeth extracted and numerous problems with broken crowns and cavities. My mouth was a mess. Dr. Dennis put crowns on all my teeth and implants and 1 bridge. For my initial visit, we drove down to sightsee Los Algodones and just happened to see her office so I stopped in. She gave me a free consultation with x-rays and gave me a quote. Very professional and friendly. On my second visit to have all the work done, I flew into Yuma and rented a car. I had a fabulous experience; Dr. Dennis is a wonderful dentist and an incredibly nice person. Her equipment is state-of-the-art, she makes sure you are comfortable and pain-free. She is one hell of a good dentist. Incredible. I refer all my friends to her office when visiting Los Algodones. I saved about $20,000.00 by going to Dr. Dennis. It's safe there, I just recommend crossing back into the USA by dusk. Her clinic is super clean and the staff is very friendly. She's a great dentist; I highly recommend her to anyone who is looking for dental service. Queen Creek, AZ
Dr. Dennis gave me new crowns, a new (3 tooth) bridge, and 2 root canals. My local dentist suggested extraction and implants $$. Dennis coordinated a couple of root canals with a colleague and did an excellent bridge. Better outcome and less cost. She is so nice along with her staff. I hope the US border will open this Jan so I can begin getting some old fillings replaced. I drove my RV there. The town is very safe. I recommend Dr. Dennis; she is excellent! Loveland, Colorado