Suffering from a missing tooth? A dental bridge could be the solution for you.
When you are missing a tooth, the surrounding teeth can shift causing overcrowding and bite issues in the mouth. This can result in teeth shifting from their natural position, tilting off their axis and appearing crooked. This not only causes aesthetic concerns, but can impact the overall structure of your mouth, as well. Teeth can become more difficult to keep clean which can lead to gum disease and eventually more tooth loss. In addition, remaining teeth opposite the gap are also susceptible to damage due to over chewing on one side. All of the above issues are not ideal, so let’s fill in that missing tooth!
What is a dental bridge?
A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance that is designed to replace or fill one or more missing teeth with a false tooth. The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type, and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. This type of bridge consists of two dental crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to artificial teeth (pontics) which fill in the gap. Dental bridges are highly durable and can last for many years; however, they may need to be replaced at some point due to normal wear. With excellent home care and regular preventive dental care, a bridge could last in excess of 20 years.
What does a dental bridge procedure entail?
The first step is ensuring that your new bridge is placed in a clean mouth. If you’re due for your regular oral hygiene visit, we will book you in for a comprehensive dental cleaning prior to your bridge procedure. Once we are ready to commence the bridge treatment, your dentist will prepare and shape the two anchoring teeth, and take an impression that is sent to a dental laboratory in Fort Saskatchewan where your new bridge will be fabricated. A temporary bridge will be placed in your mouth until your permanent bridge is ready. At your second visit, the permanent bridge is carefully checked, adjusted, and cemented in for fit and comfort. Your dentist will answer any questions you may have, and will send you home with care instructions.
Dr. Patricia Kenny
Dr. Levi Ross
Dr. Lindsay Patterson
201 - 10010 88 Ave.
Fort Saskatchewan, AB