A dental bridge is a fixed appliance used to replace missing teeth. There are different types of bridges, and you and your dentist will determine the right option for your case. The most common is the traditional bridge.
The traditional bridge consists of two crowns that are placed on either end of the gap on the anchoring teeth and the artificial teeth that will fill the gap.
A dental bridge is durable and can last for many years. However, it may need to be replaced over time due to normal wear and tear.
Why you may need a fixed bridge
A permanent bridge can restore your smile if you’re missing teeth due to an injury or oral health issue. Other benefits of a fixed bridge include:
- Preserving facial structure to fill out sunken cheeks
- Preventing surrounding teeth from shifting
- Correcting bite problems
- Improving chewing and speaking difficulties
How the process works
A dental bridge is usually completed after two or more visits.
- First, your dentist will examine your mouth and see if you’re a good candidate for fixed bridges.
- The teeth will be numbed and the anchoring teeth will be prepared by removing a small amount of enamel to make room for the crown.
- An impression of your teeth will be taken and sent to the dental laboratory to make your dental bridge. The material used for your bridge is determined by the location of the missing teeth and your oral health condition.
- You will be given a temporary bridge to wear until your final restoration is ready.
- At your next appointment, your dentist will check your fixed bridge for fit and comfort before and after cementing it into place. In some cases, the bridge may be attached temporarily until you adjust to it.
- Your dentist will provide you with care instructions. With good oral hygiene habits and proper care, your dental bridge can last up to 8 or 10 years.
At Embrace Dental Care, we suggest a type of bridge depending on the condition of the abutment teeth as well as the location of the missing teeth.
If the surrounding teeth aren’t healthy, we may recommend a dental implant for sturdier support. If you’re looking to replace several teeth, we may recommend a removable partial denture.
Caring for your permanent bridge
- Keep your teeth and gums healthy.
- Floss properly around the dental bridge and along the gumline.
- Brush at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste.
- Select dental care products with a seal of approval from the Canadian Dental Association or ask your dentist for product recommendations.
There are several safe and effective options to replace one or several missing teeth. If you would like to learn more about dental bridges, contact our team today at (403) 723‑2273.
Let’s help you bring back your confident smile.