A dental bridge is a convenient and easy treatment option for missing teeth. As the name suggests, a dental bridge is a bridge made of porcelain crowns and it fills the open space left by the missing teeth. The two crowns that hold the bridge in place are attached onto each of the natural tooth on either end of the bridge. Dental bridges are permanent fixtures and cannot be removed like dentures.
At Cross Road Dental practice, we offer dental bridges along with other treatment options to cover the gaps left by missing teeth. It can be made of teeth coloured porcelain material, metal, or a combination of both. We will advise you on the best material for you based on your specific needs and budget.
We recommend a conventional dental bridge at our dental practice. A conventional dental bridge will have one or more replacement teeth attached to crowns which are then cemented over the natural teeth on either end of the open space. This type of bridge cannot be removed like partial dentures, and is known as a fixed bridge.
There are also cantilever dental bridges that are used when there are teeth only on one side of the space left by missing teeth. The bridge is firmly anchored over one or more natural teeth.
Dental bridges bring back the functionality and appearance of your teeth. Alternatives to dental bridges include dentures and dental implants. During the consultation about how to fill the gap left by the missing teeth, we will discuss all options and you can pick the one most suited for you.
At Cross Road Dental practice, the first thing we do is a detailed dental examination to determine which treatment option would be the best for you. We assess the health of the adjacent teeth to ensure it can support the bridge.
The dentist will prepare your adjacent teeth by shaving off a little bit of enamel so the crowns can fit snugly. Then we take an impression of your teeth and mouth to custom design the dental bridge and crowns for you. You will be fitted with a temporary bridge till the permanent bridge is ready. During your next appointment, the dentist will remove the temporary bridge and fix the permanent one. The fit is checked and then the bridge is cemented into place.
When you prepare for the procedure, it may be advisable to take a couple of days off work if possible. Your teeth may feel sensitive for some time and it will be easier if you don’t have to worry about meeting clients.
When getting dental bridges and crowns, always work with an experienced dentist who knows what they are doing so the results look completely natural. Along with restoring functionality, one of our aims at Cross Road Dental is also to give you a set of teeth that looks just like your natural teeth.
It is easy to care for your dental bridge. Just maintain oral hygiene and come in for regular check-ups to make them last a long time. Floss once a day under the bridge as well as between your natural teeth. You can use a regular floss or a special tiny brush called proxybrush which is designed to get between the gaps where floss cannot reach. Don’t forget to visit your dental hygienist for a professional cleaning once in six months.
Contact our team at Cross Road Dental practice to learn more about this restorative dentistry procedure. We will set up an appointment with our dentist at a time that is convenient to you.