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Dental Bridges

Are you missing one tooth or several teeth and not sure what’s the best option to replace them? You’re right to wonder. 

While all dental bridges can restore your smile, not all bridges are the best fit for every situation. Some are even better for your health.

To bring back the beauty and function of your smile, let Robert Hawke, DDS, in Tucson, AZ, point you in the right direction.

Are You Ready to Replace Missing Teeth?

If you are missing teeth, no one needs to tell you how difficult the simple pleasures of smiling and eating are. Fortunately, dental bridges can create a beautiful, natural-looking smile that lets you enjoy life again.

Dr. Hawke, who has remained at the forefront of dental innovations since opening his Arizona practice in 1976, will work closely with you to determine the best type of dental bridge for your situation.  

Types of Dental Bridges

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Traditional Dental Bridge

Traditional bridges have been used for decades and are a simple, quick fix for missing teeth. The dental bridge itself is a set of artificial teeth, called pontics, that are held up at either end by dental crowns attached to your natural teeth. While reliable, traditional bridges have shortcomings. First, healthy teeth need to be reshaped to hold the crowns. In addition, there is a limit to how many teeth a traditional bridge can replace. If you are replacing several teeth, an implant-supported bridge offers more stability and reliability. 

Implant bridge

Implant-Supported Bridge

Implant-supported bridges don't require altering nearby abutment teeth for support. Instead, these advanced bridges rely on small titanium posts, called dental implants, that are embedded in the jaw. Once the dental implants fuse with the bone, they are secure enough to support even dentures. Implant-supported bridges can replace a long stretch of missing teeth. They are also ideal for patients who lack a supporting tooth on one side and rely on outdated cantilever bridges, which are prone to failure. 

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The Traditional Bridge Procedure

A traditional dental bridge is anchored using dental crowns placed on the teeth on either side of the gap in your smile.

Traditional Dental Bridge Treatment A Fast, Affordable Option

Dental treatment for a traditional bridge at our Tucson, AZ, practice is fairly straightforward and can be completed in just a couple of weeks. To begin, Dr. Hawke simply reshapes abutment teeth to prepare them for the dental crowns holding the pontic teeth. One caveat: The supporting teeth shouldering the load need to be strong, which means teeth that been treated with a root canal or have been weakened by large cavities are probably ineligible. 

After shaping the abutment teeth, Dr. Hawke will create an impression of the treatment area. This precise impression will be sent to our trusted dental lab in order to guide the creation of your dental bridge. We will provide you with a temporary bridge until your next appointment. When your permanent bridge is ready to be attached, the dentist will check to ensure the fit is comfortable and that it seamlessly blends in with your natural teeth. 

Implant-Supported Bridge Treatment The Long-Lasting Solution

The timeline for an implant-supported bridge is more involved, but as they say, good things take time. In general, your treatment will be similar to this timeline. However, if you need preparatory dental treatment such as bone grafts or treatment for gum disease, these steps occur before the implant surgery. 
We handle every aspect of implant dentistry at our Tucson office.
We handle every aspect of implant dentistry at our Tucson office.

Treatment Planning

Using a cone-beam scanner, Dr. Hawke will assess the bone density in your jaw and determine the optimum position for the implants. 

Implant Surgery 

The treatment area will be numbed and, if you choose, you can undergo sedation dentistry to more fully relax during treatment. Once you are comfortable, the dentist will create a small incision in the gums and place the implants. You may receive a temporary bridge at this time.


For the next three to six months, the implants will be left undisturbed so that bone can grow securely around the posts. 

Abutment Placement

Once the implants and bone have fused, the gums will be opened so a connector piece can be attached to each implant. We will then wait two weeks for the gums to heal around the abutments. 

Bridge Placement

The final step is to check the bridge to see that it fits comfortably and then attach it to the implants. All that's left is for you to start sharing your beautiful, new smile. 

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Robert Hawke, DDS

Dr. Robert Hawke has provided compassionate, exceptional dental care to his patients in Tucson, AZ, for over 40 years. He is dedicated to using advanced technology, and his family-friendly practice offers emergency services and financing. He is a proud member of:

  • The American Dental Association
  • The Academy of General Dentistry
  • The Southern Arizona Dental Society 
  • The Academy of Laser Dentistry

To schedule an appointment, please contact us online or call (520) 323-3842.

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