Dental Bridges

Dental Bridges

Replacing Missing Teeth!

If you are missing one or more teeth it can have a negative effect on the functionality and appearance of your smile. Missing teeth can alter your occlusion (bite), cause your remaining teeth to shift, lead to temporomandibular joint disorder, be the source of speech impediments, be responsible for increasing your risk of periodontal disease, and give you a greater chance for experiencing tooth decay.

An excellent treatment to compensate for missing teeth is a dental bridge. Dental bridges are used as replacements for missing teeth just like partial dentures and dental implants. When a bridge is installed an artificial tooth must be anchored between the neighboring teeth. Dentists will fit the anchoring teeth with porcelain crowns and the procedure usually requires two visits to be completed.

Conventional fixed bridges, resin-bonded bridges, and cantilever bridges are three examples of fixed dental bridges that can’t be removed once they are in place. Cantilever and conventional bridges require the teeth that surround the missing tooth or teeth to be shaped before the bridge can be installed. The shaped teeth are then fitted with porcelain crowns and then attached to a pontic, (artificial tooth).

Resin-bonded bridges do not require the same level of preparation of adjacent teeth as cantilever and conventional bridges. A resin-bonded bridge is frequently chosen when replacing front teeth, as long as the adjacent teeth do not contain extensive dental fillings and the gums are healthy.

How Dental Bridges Are Installed

The first step is to receive a full examination of your teeth and gums by your Markham dentist

, Dr Nalini Sutharsan to determine if you are a good candidate for receiving a dental bridge. If a bridge is what you need you will be given a local anesthetic to allow your dentist to prepare the adjacent teeth that are needed for supporting the bridge. If the adjacent teeth are badly broken down or decayed they may have to be built up before your dentist can use them to support a bridge.

The next step is for your dentist to use a putty-like material to fashion a model of the prepared teeth by taking an impression of them. A highly skilled lab technician will fabricate a bridge based on the model impression so that the bridge is a perfect fit for the prepared teeth. It’s imperative that the bridge sits perfectly to avoid creating more problems with your teeth such as tooth decay.

Your dentist will fit you with a temporary bridge while your permanent one is being constructed to protect your gums and teeth from being damaged. When the permanent bridge is finally ready, you will need to return to the dental clinic a second time for the new bridge to be fitted and cemented to complete the procedure.

Post-Procedure Care

Your dentist will give you information on how you should take care of your restoration so that proper hygiene, performance, and longevity is maintained for healthy gums and teeth. You will also receive a specialized bridge floss threader to enable you to thoroughly and properly floss the teeth surrounding your bridge, between the supporting teeth, and underlying gum. Just like your natural teeth, the bridge should be flossed daily to avoid bacteria and plaque buildup. In addition, you should brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste at least twice daily for complete dental care.