Dental Bridges in Millwoods, Southeast Edmonton
Your teeth impact how you speak and eat. They are also essential to maintaining the alignment of your other teeth. Tooth loss can occur for reasons other than aging, such as accidents. If you lose a tooth, you must replace your missing tooth to maintain proper functionality in your mouth.
Dental Bridge Options
Dental bridges are used to replace your missing teeth, where artificial teeth are attached to your surrounding natural teeth. They can be removable or permanently attached (fixed partial dentures or fixed bridges). Fixed bridges are more stable compared to removable bridges.
Fixed bridges can be directly applied to your abutment teeth or by placing the dental crown on them. Removable bridges are attached by metal clasps.
Your teeth have a significant impact on both your smile’s appearance and your oral health. When you have missing teeth, it can create challenges in your daily activities, such as eating and speaking. Dental bridges are an excellent option to restore your teeth.
Why do I need a bridge?
Aside from restoring your tooth’s appearance and functionality, a dental bridge can also help support your cheeks and lips. Missing teeth can make you appear older by causing your mouth to sink. Gaps from missing teeth add stress to your gums and oral tissues, which can cause potential oral health problems, such as gum disease.
How is a bridge attached?
The process of receiving dental bridges requires two or three appointments. During your first appointment, your dentist at Agape Dental Clinic in Mill Woods will prepare your teeth by removing a bit of your enamel and dentin. Impressions of your teeth will be taken to create your dental bridges to ensure a precise fit. Your fixed bridge will usually be cemented to the natural teeth on the left of your gap to support the bridge. An artificial tooth (pontic) will be used to fill in the gap from your missing tooth.
What materials are used?
Bridges are made from porcelain, gold or non-precious alloys, or a mix of these materials. Porcelain is typically bonded to a metal.
How do I take care of my bridge?
Ensure you are diligently flossing and brushing to maintain your dental bridges and oral health. It is crucial to ensure your surrounding teeth are clean as they provide support for your bridge.