Dental Bridges St. Albert
Bridges are a fixed, non-removable prosthesis used to replace one or more missing teeth. The teeth on both sides of the existing space are used as anchors to attach the bridge and restore both functionality and aesthetics.
Materials and Components of Dental Bridges
Bridges can be made from noble alloys, porcelain, or porcelain fused to metal. They are indicated when there is at least one missing tooth, and are composed of abutments and pontics. The abutments are the supports for the bridge and consist of crowns placed on the teeth surrounding the empty space. The pontics are special crowns that span across the empty space and connect to the abutments.
When preparing for a bridge, the abutment teeth are prepared for crowns just as described in crowns. An impression of the prepared teeth is taken and a temporary bridge or crowns are placed to protect and maintain their position. The impression is then sent to a dental laboratory to fabricate the bridge. At the next appointment, the bridge is tried-in for a proper fit before being cemented in place.
Why you might need a dental bridge?A dental bridge may be used for a number of things, such as:
- Replacing missing teeth
- Preventing movement of surrounding teeth
- Improving the aesthetics of your smile
- Full mouth rehabilitation
- Complementing dental implant therapy
Do you actually need to get a missing tooth replaced?
The teeth nearby and on the opposite arch may start to shift if you have missing teeth. shifts in the location of the teeth:
- Are prone to tooth decay
- Experience uneven wear and bite force
- Can affect the feel of your bite and your smile
Here at Family Dental in St. Albert, we offer crowns and bridge services to our patients. If you have missing teeth, please call us at (780) 458-1991 and book a consultation with our dentist to discuss your options.
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