Dental Bridge Thornhill

A fixed dental restoration used to replace one or more missing teeth by bridging the gap between existing teeth.

Do you have missing teeth or spaces between teeth?

A tooth bridge closes gaps in a missing smile. It’s used to replace one or several missing teeth and makes it easier to speak and eat.

We’re pleased to offer dental bridges as a tooth replacement option here in Thornhill, Ontario.

How do dental bridges work?

As its name suggests, a tooth bridge connects and fills empty spaces between teeth. It consists of a false tooth secured by the abutment teeth.

Getting dental bridges usually requires at least two dental visits. Here’s what you can expect during the procedure.

During the first visit, a portion of the enamel is removed to accommodate the crowns. If there’s not enough healthy tooth structure left, you may consider implant-supported bridges.

Impressions of your teeth are taken using digital scanners. These images are then forwarded to the dental laboratory where the final restoration is fabricated.

Your dentist may place a temporary bridge to protect the prepared teeth while waiting for your new bridge.

Once the permanent bridge is ready, the temporary one is removed. Fitting comes next to find out whether adjustments are necessary.

The bridge is permanently cemented onto teeth once you’re happy with its fit, shape, and appearance.

You can start using your tooth bridge right away. It’s designed to look like the rest of your teeth, so chances are no one will be able to tell you’re wearing artificial teeth.

Benefits of dental bridges

Here are some of the benefits of dental bridges as a solution to missing teeth:

Improves bite

Enhances speaking and chewing abilities

Restores your confident smile

Preserves facial structure

Distributes biting forces across teeth

Types of dental bridges

Bridges come in different types. Your dentist examines your mouth and recommends the best option for your case. Here are likely options:

Traditional fixed bridge. This is the most common type of bridge. It’s made of two abutment teeth, or the teeth on each side of the gap, and the artificial teeth between them. The bridges can be made of porcelain or metal.

Cantilever bridge. This type of bridge needs only one abutment tooth. It can be ideal if there’s only one tooth present on either side of the gap or if only one tooth is healthy. It may not work in heavy chewing areas, so it’s usually placed on the front teeth. Too much pressure or force may damage the bridge.

Maryland dental bridge. Also called resin-bonded bridges, Maryland bridges don’t require removing a portion of the enamel. They, instead, have thin metal wings that attach to the back of the adjacent teeth. These metal wings are secured using resin and hardened with a special curing light. They serve as support for prosthetic teeth. Maryland bridges require adjacent natural teeth to be healthy and for the person to have good oral hygiene habits.

Implant-supported bridge.This type of bridge is similar to the traditional bridge except that implants keep them in place. If there isn’t enough healthy tooth structure or all teeth are missing, you may consider this tooth replacement option. The bridge is customized for your mouth and is attached to dental implants.

Is the procedure painful?

Getting a dental bridge shouldn’t be painful. Here at DentiFlow we work with you to ensure your comfort throughout your procedure.

The area is numbed before the bridge placement. We can also discuss the use of sedation, when necessary for your situation.

How do I care for my dental bridges?

A dental bridge can last between 10-15 years, but the actual lifespan depends on how well you look after your oral health.

Good oral hygiene habits and regular checkups with the dentist are crucial to keeping your dental work in good condition.

Find out if dental bridges are the right tooth replacement option for you. If you’re in Thornhill, Ontario, get in touch with our dental team. Let’s help you smile with confidence again.

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