Closing the gaps in your smile can help you chew, feel and look better. The best time to discuss your teeth replacement options with your dentist is as soon as you lose your teeth. Unfortunately, too many tooth loss patients wait too long to seek dental restoration. This wait-and-see approach predisposes these individuals to long-term tooth loss complications, including bite and facial collapse, bone loss and reduced self-confidence.
Dental bridges in Calgary, AB are one way of replacing your missing teeth. A dental bridge consists of pontic or replacement teeth supported by adjacent natural teeth, or in some cases, implants. Reach out to East Hills Dental Clinic to find out more about dental bridges near you.
We offer three types of bridges: traditional bridges, Maryland-bonded bridges, and implant-retained bridges.
A traditional dental bridge consists of one or more false teeth held together by crowns attached to two adjacent teeth, each on either side of the missing teeth gap.
Maryland-bonded bridges are similar to traditional bridges because they require two teeth for support. However, instead of dental crowns, Maryland bridges utilize porcelain or metal wings for support. These are bonded to the underside of the adjacent teeth.
Some patients don’t have natural teeth to support their bridges. If that’s the case, our dentists in Calgary, AB may prefer to use implant-supported bridges. Implant-retained bridges are supported by titanium screws implanted into the jaw, that is, tooth implants.
If you’re interested in dental bridges, our dentists near you must first examine you to determine if you’re a fitting candidate. The dentist obtains dental x-rays and other relevant scans to determine if you have cavities, gum disease and other dental problems. If so, these are addressed first.
To prepare your teeth for bridges, the dentist administers anesthesia and then files down or trims the two adjacent teeth to make sufficient room for the crowns. Next, the dentist obtains your impressions and shares these with the dental lab. The dental lab utilizes the impressions to create a custom bridge from your preferred material, typically porcelain or porcelain fused to metal.
Once the bridge is ready, the dentist checks it for fit before cementing the crowns to your natural teeth.
Please note that this treatment process may differ slightly depending on the type of dental bridge in use and your specific dental needs.
Are you curious to know more about dental bridges near you? Call East Hills Dental Clinic to speak with our dentists in Calgary, AB.