If you are missing one or more teeth your dentist may recommend a crown
, or bridge. Bridges can be cemented onto existing teeth (fixed bridge) or they can be removable. Bridges allow our patients to restore their functional bite and help support lips and cheeks to fill out their smile.
Who would need a bridge?
Dental health is the most important reason to consider a dental bridge. Missing teeth impact speech and oral functionality such as eating. The appearance of your face is another important consideration. Missing back teeth may cause your mouth to sink, making your face look older.
Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues when teeth are missing, causing a host of potentially harmful disorders such as a higher risk of gum disease.
How long does it take to attach a dental bridge?
The bridge attachment process usually takes two or three appointments to complete. At the first appointment your dentist will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by removing a portion of the enamel and dentin.
We will take an impression of your mouth to ensure your bridge will accommodate your unique bite and match opposing teeth. Fixed bridges are usually cemented to the natural teeth adjacent to the space left by the missing tooth (abutment tooth). Crowns, which are cemented onto these neighbouring abutment teeth act as an anchor to support the bridge. A pontic (false tooth) replaces the missing tooth.
What materials are used to make a dental bridge?
Bridges can be fabricated using gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Porcelain is often bonded to either precious or non-precious metal.
How do I care for my bridge at home?
A proper oral care routine
consisting of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. This is vital to keeping the abutment teeth healthy for continued support of the bridge.