A dental bridge consists of one or more false teeth that are held in place by abutment teeth. Dental labs make bridges from a variety of materials, including metals such as gold. Most people choose porcelain dental bridges because of how well they blend in with their natural teeth.
Types of Dental Bridges
The traditional bridge consists of a false tooth supported by dental crowns attached to the abutment teeth. Patients with natural teeth on either side of the gap should consider this option.
With cantilever bridges, the false tooth is supported by a single abutment tooth, similar to traditional bridges.
Maryland dental bridges
Maryland dental bridges are similar to traditional bridges in that the natural teeth act as anchors for the false teeth. Maryland dental bridges, however, use a metal or porcelain framework instead of crowns to attach to the abutment teeth.
Implant-supported bridges are recommended by Richmond West Dental when there are no natural teeth left to support the replacement teeth.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
The following are some reasons why dental bridges are a worthwhile consideration if you have lost a tooth through injury, gum disease, or decay:
- Your smile can be restored with dental bridges
- They restore your ability to speak and chew properly
- This helps to maintain your face’s shape and prevents your bite from collapsing
- Prevent displacement of your remaining teeth
We can have your dental bridges ready in two visits at Richmond West Dental in Toronto, Ontario. You will receive a thorough examination of your teeth during your first visit to check for cavities and other problems. Additionally, impressions of your teeth will be taken in order to design and make your bridge. Our dentist will fit your dental bridges during your second visit.
Dental Bridges After-Care Instructions
Dentists recommend maintaining dental bridges so that they last for a decade or more. Brush your teeth, both natural and false, twice a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush, and floss once a day. A nightguard is recommended if you grind your teeth at night. It’s important to watch what you eat as hard substances may damage your bridge/replacement teeth. Finally, schedule regular dental cleanings and exams at Richmond West Dental in Toronto, ON, so that our dentist can regularly examine the condition of your dental bridges.