At Oakridge Crossing Dental, we are pleased to offer our patients a variety of restorative dental treatments, including SW Calgary Dental Bridges. Dental bridges are a functional and aesthetically pleasing option for replacing missing teeth.
A dental bridge is very similar to a dental crown and is used as a restorative dental treatment to replace one or more missing teeth in the same area. A Dental Bridge not only restores the function of your teeth, but it also prevents the surrounding teeth from drifting out of position and into the space created by the missing teeth.
There are many types of dental bridges available, and the best option for you depends on your specific situation. Our Dental Team will thoroughly examine your teeth to identify the best type of dental bridge for your situation.
A Dental Bridge replaces missing teeth in a very inconspicuous way. It is attached to the teeth on either side of the missing tooth (or teeth) which are technically called abutments. The abutment teeth are shaped in the same manner as a dental crown, to accommodate the dental bridge. The pontic — or replacement crown for the missing tooth — is permanently fused between the abutments.
After the teeth are prepared, it may be necessary to build the teeth up with a white filling core. Once the final preparation is complete, we obtain an impression of the affected area which is sent to our off-site dental lab for processing. To protect your teeth in the time between appointments, we make a custom temporary bridge for you to wear.
Once we receive the final dental bridge from our lab, it is securely bonded into place. With a few exceptions, most foods are enjoyed as you normally would with your natural teeth.
At Oakridge Crossing Dental, we primarily use full porcelain dental bridges. However, there are cases where a dental bridge can be made from gold, metal alloys, or a combination of these materials.
An ideal candidate for a dental bridge is someone who has one or more missing teeth. Healthy gum tissue and bone levels in the area where the dental bridge will be placed also play a role in determining if a dental bridge is the best option for you.
A dental bridge does require special attention to hygiene at home, including regular flossing underneath the bridge to remove food and plaque. We will monitor how your dental bridge is functioning during your regular dental visits and hygiene appointments.
Are you missing several teeth but you but hate the thought of having dentures? Are you looking to have a more permanent solution to fix your multiple missing teeth, then an implant-supported dental bridge may be the right choice for you.
These kinds of bridges can provide an attractive, functional and long-term solution to replace your missing teeth. Unlike other options such as fixed bridges, or removable partial bridges, which require your natural teeth to be ground down to hold the bridge, implant-supported bridges are supported by a titanium post on either end. Since the implant-supported bridge does not require any natural teeth to hold it, more teeth can be replaced at one time.
Since regular bridges typically wear out, implant-supported dental bridges also last much longer than conventional bridges. Typically they can last the entire lifetime of the patient and do not require any additional work.
Due to the nature of the titanium post, your bone structure fuses to the post, and it becomes securely anchored to your jaw, just like your original tooth root used to do.
Implant supported bridges are an excellent option for those wishing to replace multiple missing teeth, without the hassle of having a removable denture that needs ongoing care. They can function and act just like your existing teeth.
We understand your smile is important to you. Replacing missing teeth with one of our SW Calgary Dental Bridges helps improve the function of your teeth and helps to improve your overall health and wellness.