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Dental Bridge Services at Richmond

A dental bridge can restore your smile if you are missing one or more teeth. A dental bridge is an artificial tooth that is attached to two natural teeth, one on each side. A dental bridge fills the space left by missing teeth. The artificial tooth will be connected to the crowns that will be placed on  nearby teeth.

A dental bridge can also be used to replace more than one missing tooth, as long the bridge has surrounding teeth for support.

Dental bridges complete your smile, boost your self-esteem, and close the space created by a missing tooth. If the gap is left unfilled, the neighbouring teeth will eventually move to close it, leading to an uncomfortable bite. This may result in temporomandibular joint and gum disorders.

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To make a perfect mold for your dental bridge, our dentist will take an impression of your teeth to be used in manufacturing your dental bridge. Our dentist will also match the dental bridge’s colour with the colour of your teeth. While the permanent bridge is being built, you can be provided a temporary bridge. When your custom dental bridge is ready, the permanent bridge will be attached, and the temporary bridge taken out.

There are several types of dental bridges including traditional bridge, cantilever bridge and bonded bridges.

Our dentists at Dentistry at Richmond will evaluate your current dental health and provides you with the right cosmetic dentistry options tailor made for your needs. Contact us today.

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Frequently Asked Questions

A dental bridge is a prosthetic device that is used to replace one or more missing teeth. It consists of one or more prosthetic teeth (pontics) that are fastened to dental crowns on either side. The natural teeth on either side of the gap are then covered by crowns, thus “bridging” the space with a new tooth.

Dental bridges come in a variety of designs, including traditional bridges, cantilever bridges, and Maryland bridges. Traditional bridges anchor the pontic in place using dental crowns on either side of the gap. When there is only one natural tooth next to the gap, cantilever bridges are employed. Maryland bridges use a metal or porcelain framework that is attached to the back of the neighbouring teeth.

When one or more teeth are missing and the patient wants a non-removable replacement option, a dental bridge is frequently suggested. Bridges can assist in restoring normal chewing and speaking function, preventing the remaining teeth from slipping, and enhancing the smile’s appearance.

A dental bridge’s lifespan might vary based on the type of bridge, the patient’s oral care practices, and the amount of wear and tear the bridge has endured. A dental bridge typically has a lifespan of five to fifteen years or more. A dental bridge’s lifespan can be increased with appropriate care and maintenance.

It’s crucial to practise proper oral hygiene practises, such as brushing and flossing twice a day, to take care of a dental bridge. To assist prevent gum disease, patients should also use an antiseptic mouthwash. To prevent harming the bridge, it is crucial to brush around it gently. Additionally, patients should abstain from chewy, hard, or sticky foods that could damage or displace the bridge. Monitoring the condition of the bridge and ensuring optimum oral health can both be accomplished with routine dental exams and cleanings.

A dental bridge installation typically takes two to three appointments. The dentist will remove a little bit of enamel from the natural teeth on either side of the gap at the initial appointment to prepare them. As a result, dental crowns can be fitted over the teeth. The dentist will next take imprints of the cleaned-out teeth and the gums in the area so that a custom bridge can be made. While the permanent bridge is being built, a temporary bridge can be positioned over the prepared teeth. The temporary bridge will be taken down and the permanent bridge will be affixed at the second appointment. For the dental bridge to fit and feel comfortable, a third session might be required.