Dental bridges offer a way in which to fill in areas in your mouth where you may have lost a tooth, or potentially need to have one removed as it is beyond repair. Although saving your natural teeth is the #1 goal of any professional dentist, bridges are a great alternative to leaving that space gaping – as this might cause your other teeth to shift and your bite to become misaligned.
What Types of Dental Bridges Are There?
- A lot of individuals might think there is only one type of an oral bridge, but there are actually three.
- Traditional Bridge is a process where a crown is created out of porcelain, fused to metal or ceramics and secured on either side of a missing tooth.
- Cantilever Bridge is used when there is only one tooth to cement the bridge into place beside. It is not common, nor is it recommended for back teeth that involve more bite force.
- Resin Bonded Bridge is made entirely of porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal, or a special type of plastic tooth with surrounding gums that is supported by a metal or porcelain framework, and once again bonded to your existing teeth.
The Process of a Dental Bridge
Upon your first dental visit your teeth will be prepared for the bridge they will be bonded to, which is a process that involves recontouring the teeth. Then impressions of your teeth are made in order to design the bridge itself within a dental lab.
While you wait to have your permanent bridge put into place, your dental professional will create a temporary one for you in order to ensure the health of your teeth in the meantime.
Once your permanent bridge is designed, you will return to have your temporary one removed and your permanent one secured. Normally the process will be complete from there, but on occasion additional appointments may be needed to adjust the bite.
Depending on which type of bridge your dentist recommends, the success of your bridge depends on the foundation of its surrounding teeth. So it is very important to keep your remaining teeth healthy and strong, while benefiting from the esthetic solution a bridge offers to missing teeth. Call or click on any of our dental professionals below, and check back for our next blog detailing cost expectations and more!
- Burnaby Sedation & General Dentistry | 250 – 3433 North Rd. Burnaby, BC | View
- Langley Sedation & General Dentistry | #103 – 19978 72nd Avenue Langley, BC | View
- Tri-City Sedation & General Dentistry | #1412-2929 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam, BC | View
- Coast Meridian Sedation & General Dentistry | #103 3380 David Ave, Coquitlam, BC | View
- New Westminster Sedation & General Dentistry | 243-800 Carnarvon St. New Westminster | View