Dental bridges are dental restorations containing one or several false teeth that are held in place by abutment teeth. Dental labs make dental bridges from various materials, including metals such as gold. Many people prefer to get porcelain dental bridges since they blend in well with the rest of the natural teeth.
Types of Dental Bridges
A traditional bridge features a false tooth that’s supported by dental crowns that are attached to abutment teeth. Recommended for patients who have natural teeth on either side of the gap.
Cantilever bridges are similar to traditional bridges, with the critical difference being that a single abutment tooth supports the false tooth.
Maryland dental bridges
Maryland dental bridges are similar to traditional bridges in that the abutment/natural teeth hold the false teeth in place. However, instead of dental crowns, Maryland dental bridges use a metal or porcelain framework to attach to the abutment teeth.
At Richmond West Dental, we recommend implant-supported bridges when there are no natural teeth left to support the replacement teeth.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
If you have lost your teeth either due to injury, gum disease, or decay, dental bridges are a worthwhile consideration for the below reasons:
- Dental bridges restore your smile
- They give you back your ability to talk and chew properly
- They maintain the shape of your face and prevent bite collapse
- Protect your remaining teeth by preventing displacement
At Richmond West Dental in Toronto, Ontario, we’ll have your dental bridges ready in two visits. During the first visit, your teeth will undergo a meticulous dental exam to check for cavities and other problems. Impressions of your teeth will also be taken to enable the design and creation of your bridges. During your second visit, our dentist will fit you with your dental bridges.
Dental Bridges After-Care Instructions
When well cared for, dental bridges can last for up to ten years. Brush your teeth—both natural and false—twice a day with a soft-bristled brush, and floss at least once daily. If you grind your teeth, our dentist in Toronto may recommend a nightguard to protect your teeth. Watch what you eat as hard substances may damage your replacement teeth/dental bridges. Lastly, book regular dental exams and cleanings at Richmond West Dental in Toronto, Ontario, so that our dentist can regularly check on the state of your dental bridges.