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Dental Bridges

What are Dental Bridges?

A bridge is a fixed replacement for a missing tooth or teeth created by joining an artificial tooth with adjacent teeth or dental implants.

What is the difference between a bridge and dentures?

Unlike dentures, a bridge is permanently fixed in your mouth. While dentures are used to replace missing teeth, dental bridges are supported by natural teeth or implants. Bridges are usually created from a combination of precious metal (golds, alloys, etc.) and porcelain but in some situations may be engineered from porcelain only.

When should I consider getting a bridge?

If you’re missing one or more teeth, then a bridge may be an option for you. A missing tooth can not only erode your confidence, it may also interfere with chewing, eating, speaking and can damage your smile over time. The empty space may cause the rest of your teeth to rotate or shift into the gaps resulting in a bad bite. There is also a possibility of developing gum disease and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders (TMD).

What are the benefits of dental bridges?

Some benefits are:

An improved smile and maintenance of your natural mouth shape

Restoration of proper chewing-distributing the forces in your bite by replacing missing teeth

Improved speaking ability

Preventing other teeth from rotating or shifting out of position

Preventing the development of: a bad bite, gum disease or TMJ disorder (TMD)

How many visits can I expect?

Installing bridges will require a minimum of 2 to 3 office visits.

How do I maintain my dental bridges? How long do they last?

While bridges & crowns can last a lifetime, they require maintenance through proper oral hygiene. Keeping your gums and teeth healthy through regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste after meals, flossing, and visiting your dentist and hygienist regularly are all habits required for long lasting bridges. A bridge can lose support if you don’t take good care of it, or if the teeth or bone holding it in place are damaged.

What types of dental bridges are there?

Types of Dental Bridges include:

Traditional bridges - the most common-made from porcelain fused to metal or ceramics These bridges use a crown or an implant on either side of the missing tooth to fill the gap in between with a dummy tooth or pontic.

Cantilever bridges - no longer commonly used and not recommended for the back of the mouth. This type of bridge is used when there are adjacent teeth on only one side of the missing tooth or teeth.

Maryland bonded bridges or resin-retained/bonded bridge - replace a missing tooth that relies on a composite resin cement for its retention. Made of porcelain, porcelain and metal, or plastic, the restoration is a porcelain fused to metal restoration. Teeth and gums are supported by a metal or porcelain framework, metal or porcelain wings on each side of the bridge are bonded to your existing teeth.

Diamond Dental Clinics offer various dental services include bridges and crown using highest quality material, latest technologies, top of the line expert dentist and lowers cost all around Toronto and GTA.

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