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Definition: Dental Bridge

A bridge is a permanent prosthesis or artificial piece attached in the mouth that resembles and functions exactly like real teeth. It can replace one or more teeth that are missing, to fill in any gaps, allows you to chew properly and helps to prevent alignment issues in the future.

If you are missing one tooth, a bridge would consist of a fabricated tooth with a crown on either side of it, that looks exactly like your real teeth. The crowns provide solid anchors to secure the bridge properly. Bridges are an ideal solution for improving the look, shape and straightness of your teeth. The can be made in both porcelain or ceramic, to match the same colour and appearance of your natural teeth.

Bridges

Is it for me?

A bridge can be an ideal option if you are missing a tooth and have a gap. Surrounding teeth can slide or shift into this space, causing alignment issues, problems for chewing and biting, and can increase incidence of gum disease and TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorders).

A bridge can prevent these negative outcomes by correcting your bite to ensure that the forces placed on the teeth are evenly distributed. It also improves the look, shape, and straightness of your teeth.

How long does a bridge last?

As with many things, if your bridge receives good maintenance, it can last a long time. If you have good home care, including proper brushing, flossing, avoiding hard foods, as well as regular dental visits for check-ups and cleanings, your bridge can last an entire lifetime.

Sometimes, a bridge may loosen or come out, but it can be fixed and placed again by your dentist.

The Process

The first step in getting a bridge, is to reduce the size of the teeth on either side of the open space where you are replacing missing teeth. These teeth must be slightly smaller to accommodate crowns, so that they won't appear larger than other teeth when the crowns are added.

Surrounding teeth (also known as abutment teeth) are reduced to the desired size, and then impressions of them are taken so a bridge can be made. Impressions are made with our iTero digital scan technology, not messy putty. The digital scan is sent to a lab electronically and your bridge is created.

Once the bridge is done, we are ready to place it in your mouth! The crowns on either side are cemented onto the teeth and your new bridge is permanent.

As with many things, if your bridge receives good maintenance, it can last a long time. If you have good home care, including proper brushing, flossing, avoiding hard foods, as well as regular dental visits for checkups and cleanings, your bridge can last an entire lifetime.

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