Can't flash your best smile? Our family dentists at Apple Dental Care provides its Edmonton patients dental bridges to restore the form, function and aesthetic look of their smile.
What happens to my mouth when I lose a tooth or multiple teeth?
When you lose a tooth, you inherit a gap in your dental structure. This gap can cause surrounding teeth to encroach, shift or rotate into the empty space left behind by the missing tooth. This can lead to difficulty in biting and chewing. What's more, the appearance of your smile is also negatively affected.
What are dental bridges?
At Apple Dental Care, we provide our patients with dental bridges as a restorative treatment. A bridge is a restoration treatment designed to replace one or more missing teeth.
A bridge is made up of two crowns, one on each tooth on either side of the gap (these two anchoring teeth are called abutment teeth) and false teeth in between. These false teeth are called pontics. Dental bridges can be supported by either natural teeth or dental implants.
Types of Dental Bridges
At Apple Dental Care, we offer three different dental bridges for our Edmonton patients.
- Traditional Bridges
A traditional bridge involves creating a crown for the tooth or implant on either side of the gap. Traditional bridges are made of porcelain fused to either metal or ceramics.
- Cantilever Bridges
Cantilever bridges are used only when the abutment teeth are present on only one side of the missing tooth. Cantilever bridges aren’t recommended as they may put too much strain on the adjunct teeth and damage them.
- Bonded Bridges
Bonded bridges (also called a resin-bonded bridge) are made of porcelain fused to metal or plastic and are supported by a framework made of metal or porcelain.
The Dental Bridge Process at Apple Dental Care
Step 1: When you first visit Apple Dental Care, the dentist will assess appropriate treatment. We understand that each patient has different dental needs.
Step 2: We prepare the abutment teeth. After this, we take an impression of your teeth on a mold that serves as a model. When this is completed, we will fit in a temporary bridge to protect your exposed gums and teeth while the bridge is being made.
Step 3: Once the bridge is created, we will call you in for your second visit. During this visit, the temporary bridge will be removed and the permanent one will be inserted.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are designed to:
- Restore and improve your smile.
- Restore your ability to properly chew and speak.
- Maintain the shape of your face.
- Replace missing teeth and promote proper bite.
- Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
How do I take care of my dental bridge?
There is no special care instructions required for maintaining your dental bridge besides basic oral health care.
- Brushing your teeth twice a day
- Flossing the area around the dental bridge daily
- Using mouthwash daily