Have you lost a tooth and are looking for a replacement option that is fully functional and not removable? Do you want one that doesn’t involve invasive surgery? Are the teeth near the lost tooth healthy and strong? If so, then a dental bridge might be the best treatment for you. A dental bridge uses your natural teeth to support a replacement tooth that is securely in place and lets you bite and chew normally.
Do you have a missing tooth or are you facing the loss of a tooth in Kanata? A dental bridge might be able to restore your smile to keep it attractive and functional. To learn if a dental bridge is a good option for you, please call 613.271.7091 today for an appointment with restorative dentist Dr. Andrea Stevens at Andrea Stevens Dentistry.
Benefits of Dental Bridges
Dental bridges are good tooth replacements. With a dental bridge, you’ll enjoy a tooth replacement that is:
- Securely in place
- Fully functional
Modern dental bridges are very attractive: there are no wires or anything to give away their appearance–they look just like natural teeth. And dental bridges are securely attached to your natural teeth. They won’t move or slip out of place. And because the bridge is secure, it is also fully functional. You can bite and chew normally–enjoy all your favorite foods.
There are also benefits to the dental bridge procedure, because it:
- Is nonsurgical
- Doesn’t require bone or gum graft
- Gets final results quickly
While dental implants require a surgical procedure, dental bridges are placed as normal dental restorations (see below). This means you won’t need a bone or gum graft–and you can get it if you’re not healthy enough for surgery.
Plus, the final results of a dental bridge are ready relatively quickly. A dental implant might take a few months to complete, but dental bridges are ready in a couple of weeks.
The Dental Bridge Procedure
Getting a dental bridge procedure is a lot like getting a dental crown placed. In fact, it’s almost exactly like getting two dental crowns, which fit over the supporting teeth.
We’ll start with a consultation and exam. We’ll make sure your supporting teeth are healthy and assess your bite to make sure the bridge won’t be subject to too much force.
If the site seems good for a dental bridge, we’ll prepare your supporting teeth to accept the dental crowns. Then we’ll take impressions of your teeth.
When we send the impressions to the lab, we’ll fit you with a temporary dental bridge. The temporary isn’t as strong as your final one, and you should treat it with care.
When the final bridge is ready, we’ll make an appointment for you to try it on. If it fits and looks right, then we’ll bond it in place.
Limitations of Dental Bridges
While dental bridges are a good tooth replacement option, they’re not always the best one because they do have limitations, including:
- Require us to remove structure from supporting teeth
- Can put supporting teeth at risk
- Don’t stimulate the bone or gums
- Can only be used in limited situations
When we place dental bridges, we have to remove tooth structure to make room for the supporting crowns. The loss of tooth structure and the extra force on the supporting teeth can put them at risk of early loss. This is why we can only use dental bridges in some situations.
In addition, dental bridges don’t stimulate the jawbone or gums, which can lead to the loss of bone and gums under the bridge, possibly creating a visible gap under the bridge. That’s why we will often recommend dental implants instead.
Considering a Dental Bridge in Kanata?
Are you considering replacing a tooth with a dental bridge in Kanata? If so, we can help. Please call 613.271.7091 today or book an appointment with restorative dentist Dr. Andrea Stevens at Andrea Stevens Dentistry in Kanata.