Dental Bridges Near You
A dental bridge is a non-removable restoration designed to replace missing teeth. Your dentist will determine the best type of dental bridge for your individual needs. The most common type of bridge consists of two crowns (placed over existing teeth to provide an anchor) with a ceramic artificial tooth in the centre (filling the space of the missing tooth). Dental bridges are durable and intended to last many years if well maintained with good oral habits and regular dental appointments.
Dental bridges are recommended for several reasons, including:
- To fill the space of a missing tooth or two teeth.
- To maintain facial shape as cheeks may appear sunken when a tooth is missing.
- To prevent the neighbouring teeth from drifting into the space left by the missing tooth.
- To replace a removable partial denture.
- To restore your smile if a front tooth is missing.
A dental bridge procedure requires two or more visits. Once the teeth are numb the dentist will carefully prepare the anchoring teeth. A digital scan or mold (impressions) are taken, which will be used by a dental laboratory to fabricate the bridge. A temporary bridge is placed which allows you to chew and function gently in the area.
At the second appointment, which occurs approximately 10 days later, the temporary bridge is gently removed, the tooth is cleaned, and the new dental bridge is placed. The dentist will carefully inspect the area to ensure the spacing and the fit are accurate. Instructions will be given on how to take care of your new custom-made dental bridge.
To learn more about dental bridges, contact us at Essential Dentistry in Okotoks AB, T1S 1A6