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Bridges Specialist

George T. Christakos, DDS

Family Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Scottsdale, AZ

A missing tooth not only affects your appearance — it can impact the way you chew and speak and can even change the shape of your face. At the office of George T. Christakos, DDS, in Scottsdale, Arizona, you can have the smile you’ve always wanted. Dr. George Christakos replaces missing teeth with natural-looking dental bridges to help restore your smile. To learn more about the benefits of dental bridges and schedule a consultation, call the office or request an appointment online today.

Bridges Q&A

What is a dental bridge?

A bridge is a dental device used to replace one or more missing teeth. Dental bridges consist of false teeth held in place by crowns, implants, or porcelain framework adjacent to the missing tooth.

Fixed bridges are the most common, containing one or more false teeth — or “pontics” — held in place by dental crowns on either side.

Another kind of bridge, a "Maryland bridge," utilizes tooth-colored metal bands bonded to surrounding teeth. Maryland bridges are most commonly used to replace missing front teeth. 

Cantilever bridges consist of two crowned teeth positioned next to each other on the same side of the missing tooth.

Dental bridges offer many cosmetic and structural benefits, including:

  • Correct your bite
  • Maintain the shape of your face
  • Prevent remaining teeth from shifting
  • Restore your ability to chew and speak
  • Revitalize your smile
  • Ensure the strength and integrity of the surrounding teeth

Whatever your needs are, Dr. George Christakos Family & Cosmetic Dentistry has a solution that will work best for you!

How do dental bridges work?

If your dentist at Dr. George Christakos Family & Cosmetic Dentistry determines a bridge is the best option for replacing your missing teeth, they begin the process by preparing the teeth adjacent to your missing teeth. Your dentist does this by removing a bit of enamel to make space for your crown.

Next, your dentist takes impressions of your teeth and sends them to the lab where your bridge, crowns, and replacement teeth are made. You’re fitted with a temporary bridge until the final bridge is ready.

At your next visit, your temporary bridge is replaced with your new metal or porcelain bridge. Your dentist adjusts the bridge and checks for the proper fit before cementing it into place. They will show you how to clean and care for your new teeth to keep them always looking their best.

How long do dental bridges last?

With regular dental checkups at Dr. George Christakos Family & Cosmetic Dentistry and good oral hygiene habits, your bridge can last anywhere from 10-15 years. To keep your dental bridge strong and stable, it's important to take good care of the surrounding teeth. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, and use an antiseptic mouthwash for good oral health.

To learn more about your options for dental bridges, call Dr. George Christakos Family & Cosmetic Dentistry or use the online booking tool to request an appointment.