Dental Bridges

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A dental bridge, also known as a fixed partial denture, refers to a dental restoration used to replace a missing tooth by joining permanently to adjacent teeth or dental implants.

There are different types of bridges depending on the way they are fabricated and how they may anchor to the adjacent teeth. Conventionally, bridges have been made using the indirect method of restoration; however, bridges can now be fabricated directly in the mouth using such materials as a composite resin or by using porcelain (for a natural-looking smile).

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How does a dental bridge work?

Dental bridges are fabricated by reducing the teeth on either side of the missing tooth or teeth by a preparation pattern determined by the location of the teeth and by the material from which the bridge is fabricated. In other words, the abutment teeth are reduced in size to accommodate the material to be used to restore the size and shape of the original teeth in a correct alignment and contact with the opposing teeth.

Another type of dental bridge called a cantilever bridge may be used to replace a missing tooth in an area of the mouth that receives less physical stress. For example, a cantilever bridge may be used to replace a missing front tooth. This type of dental bridge may be best when just one side of the empty space caused by an absent tooth has remaining healthy teeth. With a cantilever bridge, the dental prosthesis is anchored to one or more natural teeth.

Dental bridges can help to improve the smile of an individual with a missing tooth. However, dental bridges have more to offer than just aesthetic appeal. They can prevent the surrounding teeth from drifting out of position and fill spaces that may otherwise leave surrounding teeth susceptible to tooth decay. They may even be helpful in lowering susceptibility to gum disease!

Will a dental bridge work for me?

The best candidate for a dental bridge may be a person with one or more missing teeth coupled with good dental hygiene. An individual with a dental bridge will need to brush and floss daily and limit sugar and starch intake. Hard and sticky snacks should be avoided as well. Dental visits, including professional cleanings, should ideally take place every six months. With proper dental hygiene, a dental bridge may last (on average) from 8 to 10 years.

While this is a very good method used in dentistry for years (and has been the standard of dental care for decades), our team also offers a second choice for replacing a missing tooth with dental implants.

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Nosehill Dental ensures that each individual has access to dental solutions tailored to their specific needs, without exceptions. All our patients are treated equally and are encouraged to ask questions, seek clarification, and take an active role in their own dental care plan, in order to achieve oral health for life.

If you have any questions about how bridges work, make an appointment with our dental office in Calgary today.

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