Bridging the Gap
At Allied Dental Centre – Cockburn, we may have a solution for your missing tooth in the form of a fixed dental bridge. Give us a call and we’ll be happy to schedule an appointment for you so the dentist can take a look at that space and assess wether this is a suitable option for you.
What is a Dental Bridge?
A dental bridge is made up of two crowns on either side of the missing tooth connected to an artificial tooth, called a pontic, in the middle. These three “teeth” form the “bridge” that is matched to the color of your teeth and then cemented into place to provide a permanent solution to your missing tooth dilemma!
The teeth next to the missing tooth also have to be prepared for insertion of a bridge.
What’s the Procedure?
First, the dentist has to examine your mouth and the areas around the missing tooth to determine whether a dental bridge is appropriate for your situation.
If you are a good candidate for a bridge, the teeth that are on either side of the missing tooth – the ones that will provide the “anchors” for the bridge – will be prepared for crowns.
An impression is taken for the laboratory to construct a bridge that will fit exactly into the space and blend in with your existing teeth. The first visit ends with the insertion of a temporary bridge to protect the area until the permanent bridge is ready.
At your next and final visit, the permanent bridge is cemented into place and you’re all set! If you take care to practice good oral hygiene and maintain your proper dental cleaning and examination schedule, your new bridge should last for years!
What’s the Next Step?
If you would like to explore dental bridges further, call our office to arrange a consultation or to receive more information.