A dental bridge is a fixed prosthetic that literally bridges the gap where consecutive teeth are missing. They rely on the neighboring teeth to be anchored in place. The natural teeth act as the abutment teeth that support the false tooth/teeth called the pontic. Dental bridges can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials.
Dental bridges offer several benefits to your smile. They:
It usually requires at least two appointments to have a dental bridge placed. During the first appointment, the abutment teeth will be prepared to support the bridge. Your dentist at Sonata Dental will shave down a portion of the abutment teeth to make room to place a crown. Impressions will be taken of the teeth and the gap to have the bridge made in a dental lab. A temporary bridge will be placed to keep the prepared teeth and gums protected.
When the bridge has been completed, you will return to Sonata Dental to have the temporary bridge removed and the permanent bridge fitted. Your dentist will check for the proper fit and make adjustments as needed. Fixed bridges can be temporarily cemented in place until the correct fit is achieved. The dental bridge will then be cemented into place.
With proper care, dental bridges can last over 10 years. Continue brushing twice a day to keep the bridge and natural teeth clean. When flossing, you will need to floss under the false tooth as well as between the natural teeth. It is also important to visit Sonata Dental regularly for a professional cleaning. These visits allow your dentist in Airdrie to check on the bridge and make sure that it is working as it should.
If you are tired of dealing with your missing teeth in Airdrie, make an appointment at Sonata Dental to find out if a dental bridge is the solution for you.