Missing Tooth Replacement
If you’re looking to replace a missing tooth with a dental bridge in Regina then Cathedral Dental has you covered! Made of natural, tooth-colored materials, a dental bridge looks like a real tooth would. Cosmetic dental bridges are used to fill in a missing or badly decayed tooth by “bridging” the gap of the surrounding teeth. The bridge would consist of a pontic (tooth filler) and be fitted to the two adjacent teeth or abutments surrounding the missing tooth using dental crowns.
A patient can incur negative effects by leaving the missing tooth untreated. Leaving spaces in the mouth can cause multiple teeth to shift and move which can cause occlusion (biting problems) and/or TMJ jaw issues. Periodontal problems (gum disease) can also occur at the site of the missing and surrounding teeth. Having a dentist treat a missing or badly decayed tooth is critical to preventing any further complications.
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All Types of Dental Bridges
Traditional dental bridges – Traditional bridges are supported by two crowns on either side of the gap in a patient’s teeth. These two adjacent teeth would be reshaped to fit crowns on both sides of the gap. The crowns would be placed on both adjacent teeth with the bridge fitted in between the two crowns.
Cantilever Bridges – The cantilever bridge can be thought of in the same manner as a typical industrial bridge. The dentist would attach the bridge to a crown on a single tooth, as opposed to the two adjacent teeth. Dentists would not recommend this type of bridge for molars (back teeth) as the molars bear the force of a patient’s bite. Cantilever bridges are a rare type of bridge but are still used as they tend to preserve more of a patient’s healthy tooth structure.
Maryland Bonded Bridges – This type of bridge was developed by researchers at the University of Maryland (hence the name). This type of bridge involves minimal alterations to the surrounding teeth, as it uses a set of wings that attach to adjacent teeth. Materials used to attach the bridge have generally been made out of metal, however, newer Maryland Bonded Bridges can be made from resin.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
When you are missing a single tooth, or multiple teeth, a Dental Bridge is a fixed (meaning cemented in and not removable) appliance that are designed to fill those gaps with realistic looking and feeling teeth. Bridges can be made from gold, metal alloys, porcelain, ceramics or a combination of these things.
Bridges are an excellent solution to replace missing teeth in order to restore your smile, improve the appearance and support for the shape of your face, can help with eating and speaking and can prevent other teeth from drifting out of position.
In order to prepare teeth for a Dental Bridge, tooth structure must be taken away to accommodate the fitting of the new bridge. This can be justified if the teeth that are being prepared are decayed or heavily restored. In the case of teeth that have never had fillings and are in good health otherwise, the idea of cutting them down to prepare for a bridge is not ideal. In this case, Dental Implants can be an excellent alternative treatment.
The first visit involves a consultation with your dentist to determine whether a bridge is a good treatment choice for you. This process will involve taking X-rays to determine tooth and bone health. In addition, it is important that your gum health and overall health are in good condition to ensure an optimal outcome. After a treatment plan is made, the process of getting a bridge takes two visits. In the first visit, the teeth are recontoured and shaved, and a shade for the bridge is selected. An impression is taken and sent to the lab. A temporary bridge is made and cemented. At the second visit (usually two weeks later), the temporary bridge is removed and the permanent bridge is cemented in.
With routine dental visits and excellent home care, Dental Bridges can last in excess of 10-15 years.
Bridges do not require a lot of additional care over and above good brushing and flossing. The most difficult part of maintaining a bridge is to adapt floss underneath the ‘false’ tooth in order to keep that area clean. Your dentist and dental hygienist will assist you with this.