Dental Bridges

Missing teeth can cause a number of oral health concerns that go beyond the cosmetic. When a tooth has been extracted or lost due to decay, the teeth that are adjacent to the gap left behind often shift toward the open gap. This can have an impact on tooth alignment, as well as on the strength and integrity of your bite.

This resulting misalignment can mean that there are more spaced for food particles to become wedged, and can contribute to seeing an increase in tooth decay. The altered bite and also make it more of a challenge to chew, and can also start to impact speech.

Even the loss of one tooth can lead to some serious dental concerns. Dental bridges, custom-made to fit your mouth, can offer a solution to those missing teeth and other related dental concerns.

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What are dental bridges?

Just as the name would indicate, dental bridges are prosthetic appliances that bridge the gap between teeth. The bridge could replace one tooth, or several all at once. Bridges are secured in place by dental crowns that are affixed to the healthy natural teeth that are adjacent to the gap that was once home to the tooth or the teeth that are now lost.

Bridges are made to look just like your natural teeth, even matching the colour of your natural teeth, so that you have a seamless look to your smile.

The placement of your dental bridge is most often completed in two visits, although you may find that follow up appointments are needed so ensure that you have a comfortable fit.

Patients can choose between removable dental bridges, and bridges that are permanently affixed to crowned teeth or dental implants. Working with your dentist, who will take your current dental health and needs into consideration, will help to determine which is the best option to meet your unique needs.

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  • Getting fitted for dental bridges

    During your first consultation, your dentist will prepare the adjacent supporting teeth for the dental crowns that will help to stabilize the dental bridge. Your teeth may need to be shaped a bit prior to being fitted with the crowns. An impression of your teeth and your mouth will be made, so that an off-site lab can create your bridge.

    Once the bridge has been completed, you will return to the office to the placement of your dental bridge. Your dentist will make sure that the bridge provides a comfortable fit, and will make any needed adjustments.

    The bridge will be secured in place, and you will have a beautifully restored smile that you will be proud to show off.

  • Will getting dental bridges hurt?

    There will be no pain involved in getting fitted for your dental bridge. Some patients are a bit more sensitive, but you can request that your gums be numbed with a topical solution so that you can minimise any potential for discomfort. If your teeth require preparation prior to being fitted with a dental bridge, then you may also receive a local anesthetic to ensure that you feel no pain during the procedures.

    There may be some new sensations to get used to, once you have the dental bridge in place. This will be especially true if you have been living with missing teeth for some time.

    If you do experience any discomfort or pinching when the dental bridge is in place, be sure to reach out to the office so that you can come in for an adjustment. Your dental bridge should help to enhance your quality of life, and not result in discomfort.

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After care, with your dental bridge

It can take some time for some patients to adjust to having a dental bridge in place. It’s recommended that patients stick to a diet that includes softer foods, at least until there is more comfort and familiarity with the bridge in place.

There may also be some changes in speech, but after an adjustment period, speaking and eating will both become much more natural.

Your dental bridge should be cared for just as you would care for your natural teeth. This means brushing and flossing after every meal, and even after every snack. It’s still possible for plaque to accumulate on bridges, so it’s important to do your part to minimize the potential for plaque build ups.

Use a good mouth rinse, and be sure to avoid biting down on ultra-hard or chewy foods that may potentially damage your bridge.

With good oral health practices, and with keeping up with your routine visits to your dentist, dental bridges can last between five and fifteen years. At your appointments, your dentist will be able to verify that your dental bridges are in good shape, and can also ensure that there is no inflammation surrounding the bridge.


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