Dental Bridges: Replacing the Holes in Your Smile
Having missing teeth impairs eating, speaking and grinning, and leaving a gap for too long can start to change the shape of your face. It can also cause other teeth to drift out of position, which could lead to cavities, serious gum diseases, impedes chewing efficiency and nutrition, and jaw joint disorders.
If you’re missing a tooth, whether it was extracted or knocked out, we can likely fill the space with a dental bridge: one or more artificial teeth fused between two crowns.
Available Bridge Options
This depends on your abutment teeth — the teeth on either side of the gap.
Traditional: Utilized when there are two strong abutment teeth on either side of the gap.
Implant: If your abutment teeth are weak or damaged, or the gap is too large, we’ll replace them with dental implants and attach a bridge to those instead.
Bonded: This is primarily for front teeth. We cement the bridge to the abutments so the hardware is invisible.
Bridges can be built with porcelain, non-precious alloys or gold. Your dentist will recommend which material is right for you.
How Dental Bridges Are Built
- We take an impression of the gap, the abutments and the surrounding area to use when creating your bridge in the lab.
- We decide on the kind of bridge you need and proceed accordingly; either by shaping the abutments or installing the implants.
- We fit you with a temporary bridge while your permanent bridge is being built.
- You come back when your permanent bridge is ready and we cement it into place.
Maintaining your Dental Bridges
Like natural teeth, bridges are never removed, and they should be brushed and flossed every day. We’ll teach you how to care for your bridge so you can keep eating, speaking, smiling and looking your best for years to come. Dental bridges last an average of ten years but could last a lifetime if you maintain good oral care and come in for regular check-ups.