If you have just one or two missing teeth, bridges could be the answer.
Missing teeth aren’t just a cosmetic problem. When teeth are missing, teeth move. Moving teeth can cause changes in your bite. They can also put you at risk for losing additional teeth. These changes can also lead to jaw pain, headaches, and an increased risk of gum disease.
A dental bridge is made of a grouping of interconnected crowns. Two of those crowns are designed to hold the replacement tooth or teeth in place. Once it’s installed, it should improve both your ability to chew, and your ability to speak.
Who Needs Dental Bridges?
Anyone who has missing teeth and who doesn’t want to invest in a dental implant. Bridges:
- Restore a healthy bite.
- Allow you to chew better.
- Improve your smile.
- Reduce damage to remaining teeth.
- Restore self-confidence.
How are dental bridges made?
Each bridge is custom-designed to fit your mouth, replacing the missing teeth while supporting those that remain.
Creating dental bridges is both a science, and an art form. We want your bridgework to feel both functional and natural while simultaneously matching your natural teeth. To mimic the look of natural enamel, we might use either zirconia, or porcelain fused to metal.
Getting a Dental Bridge
You’ll need two appointments to complete this process.
The first appointment gives us what we need to create your bridge. We’ll give you a local anesthetic before preparing your abutment teeth for the appliance. After we do this, we’ll take a bite impression. This impression becomes the mold for the whole structure.
We’ll then place a temporary bridge and crown to protect the abutment teeth while we’re making your permanent bridge.
Once your permanent bridge is made, we’ll fit and shape your bridge a little better before placing it permanently in your mouth. If the bridge is meant to be removable, we’ll fix clamps to the abutment teeth to hold it in place.
Caring for Dental Bridges
You must clean bridgework diligently. That means you’re going to have to add a few new tools to your oral hygiene regimen.
Start with a dental floss threader. This will let you sweep under your bridgework so you can keep that area clean.
Next, you’ll need a small, flexible brush to get to hard-to-reach spaces.
Finally, you’ll need a water jet device. This device blasts trapped food particles from between your teeth and from beneath bridgework.
Depending on the material used, you might need to change up your toothpaste or mouthwash. Ask us for recommendations.
If you have a removable bridge, handle it with care. If you drop it onto a hard surface, you can chip it or damage it. Removable bridgework needs to be cleaned as often as you clean all your other teeth. You can brush it with toothpaste, or you can use a cleanser designed for dentures.
Be sure to follow any specific care instructions we give you. If you start experiencing headaches, difficulty chewing food, difficulty speaking clearly, or soreness, let us know right away.
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Unit 360 – 507 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1E6
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Tuesday 12:00pm – 7:00pm
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