Dental Bridges – Maple Ridge BC

As much as we try to take care of our dental health, tooth loss happens. Dentists have mastered the art of replacing lost teeth and their toolkits are full of solutions to fit your specific needs.

The Importance of a Replacing Missing Tooth

It is important to understand that replacing a missing tooth is not just about looks. After losing a tooth, the surrounding teeth can shift out of place and it may become difficult for you to bite, chew and speak. The resulting bone shifting can even affect your overall facial structure.

Dental Bridge Overview

Dental bridges are designed to replace a missing tooth and to stabilize the teeth on either side of the gap. There are few types of bridges available, but in most cases, bridges consist of a fake tooth (known as a pontic) that is supported by one or more neighboring teeth. Unlike a dental implant, a tooth replaced by a bridge is not directly rooted in your jaw, but is instead attached to nearby teeth.

Types of Dental Bridges

Traditional Bridge

The most common kind of dental bridge is called a traditional bridge. This is a pontic tooth attached to two dental crowns that will cover the adjacent teeth. In order to fit the crowns over the other teeth, the dentist needs to file them down. The crowns (sometimes called abutments) are placed over your reshaped teeth and secured with a composite bonding resin.

Cantilever Bridge

A cantilever bridge is similar to a traditional bridge, but the pontic only attaches to one abutment instead of two. Because it is only secured on one side, this bridge is mostly used for teeth in the very back of your mouth.

Maryland Bridge

The last kind of bridge is called a Maryland bridge. Instead of using crowns to secure the pontic, a Maryland bridge uses metal or porcelain bands that attach to nearby teeth with bonding resin. The main benefit of this method is that none of your teeth need to be filed down. The downside is that they are weaker than a traditional bridge and may not be suitable to replace molars, which put a lot more strain on the bridge when chewing.

Dental Bridge Appointment Overview

Getting a dental bridge is more involved than your average checkup. If you’ve gotten a dental crown in the past, getting a bridge will be a pretty similar experience for you. It will take more than one appointment to prepare your teeth and place the bridge. If you need any dental work done on the supporting teeth, such as a filling or root canal, this must happen beforehand. Once any necessary treatment is complete, the dentist will remove enamel from the supporting teeth to make room for the abutment crowns. They will make a mold of the area and send it to a lab that will craft your own personalized bridge. This normally takes a few weeks. While you wait for your custom restoration, you will be given a temporary bridge. At the final appointment, the dentist will place your permanent bridge and make any necessary adjustments.

Aftercare

How long your bridge lasts depends on how well you take care of it. If properly cared for, a dental bridge can last well over 10 years. Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing at least once a day, cleaning underneath the pontic, and coming in for regular teeth cleanings and maintenance will ensure the longest lifespan for your bridge.

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