A dental bridge is a permanent dental restoration procedure that replaces one or more missing teeth. The bridge is designed to extend across an area that has no teeth. Typically a bridge is an artificial tooth joined between two crowns on either side. The bridge (artificial tooth) is held firmly in place by your own teeth on each side of the missing one. Effectively rebuilding missing space in your tooth line.
Dental bridges are a non-removable restoration and are often part of comprehensive restorative treatment to increase the vertical dimension of your mouth, to rejuvenate your appearance, maintain your airway and enhance your ability to speak, chew and smile.
How are dental bridges done
Step 1. Preparing your teeth
Your dentist will file down and prepare the two teeth on either side of your missing tooth or teeth. If you do not have healthy teeth in this area, your dentist may choose a dental implant to make a secure anchor for the bridge.
Step 2. Modelling your existing teeth
Next your dentist will model your existing teeth and your bite. The goal here is to make a perfect replacement tooth or teeth. We want to make sure we have a perfect fit for your new dental bridge. You will be given a temporary bridge until the new permanent bridge is ready.
Step 3. Installing your new dental bridge
During this visit your dentist carefully removes the temporary bridge. Next, they will clean up the attachment area to fit and measure the new bridge. At this point any tiny adjustments can be made to ensure a perfect fit. Your new bridge will be cemented into place. We will then test your bite and make sure everything works correctly.
Caring for your dental bridge
Your new dental bridge can last 7 to 10 years, or perhaps longer if you take good care of your bridge. Dental bridges are just like your natural teeth and should be brushed and flossed every day. We will show you how to floss under and around the artificial tooth in the middle of your bridge.
If you feel you may be a candidate for dental bridges or have any questions please contact our Grimsby Dental Office to make an appointment by clicking the button below.