Dental Bridges in NW Calgary
Tooth loss affects our daily life. Northland Village Dental Centre offers replacement and treatment options for missing teeth. Dental bridges are one such option that helps conceal the gaps caused by missing teeth and prevent further tooth damage. At Northland Village Dental Centre in NW Calgary, we offer quality dental crowns and dental bridges in NW Calgary.
Our natural-looking dental prosthetics get support from your natural teeth or dental implants and enable you to restore your attractive smile and self-confidence. With bridges, you get a comfortable and durable solution to your functional issues related to chewing, eating, and speaking fluently.
Do not hesitate to see our dentists if you are facing issues that can be solved with our dental bridges in NW Calgary.
Make an appointment today for solutions to improve your dental health.
What Is a Dental Bridge?
Dental bridges are prosthetic accessories customized to fill the gap created due to one or more missing teeth. The absence of teeth can have an adverse impact on the remaining teeth and affect overall oral health. A dental bridge includes crowns for adjoining natural teeth and implants for missing teeth. The natural teeth act like abutments, and through the crown, they help anchor the implant to span the gap created by the missing teeth. With dental bridges, it is possible to overcome issues associated with missing teeth and attain better dental and oral health. It also serves aesthetic considerations.
We can customize your dental bridges from a variety of materials. With our team of dentists, you can be sure about getting reliable dental bridges in NW Calgary.
Types of Dental Bridges
Several types of dental bridges are available to solve dental issues caused by missing teeth. Our dentists will help you get tooth bridges most suitable for your dental conditions. There are different types of dental bridges and our dentists can consult the most appropriate dental bridge based on your dental conditions.
Traditional dental bridges: They are used when there are natural teeth on each side of the gap where you have a missing tooth (or teeth).
Implant-supported dental bridge: They are used when you don’t have healthy teeth or enough teeth to support the dental bridge. A custom-made bridge is also anchored to dental implants.
Resin-bonded dental bridges: They are also known as ‘Maryland’ bridges and are used when your front teeth are missing. Artificial teeth are fused together with metal bands and are cemented to the back of your natural teeth. Artificial teeth are fabricated with durable Zirconia material or full porcelain.
Cantilever dental bridges: They are used when you have healthy teeth on only one side of your missing tooth or teeth. This involves anchoring your artificial tooth over one or more natural adjacent teeth.
The procedure for getting your dental bridges is simple and easy. When you visit us for your dental bridges in NW Calgary, you can expect the following:
Your initial appointment involves a general dental assessment so that our dentists can determine the best course of action for your dental condition.
If you are to get a dental bridge, the teeth on either side of a missing tooth are reduced in size to make space for the bridge to fit in properly.
We place dental implants surgically if you don't have healthy teeth or enough teeth to support a bridge. A dental implant is an artificial root made of titanium metal inserted into the jawbone as a replacement for the root of the natural tooth. The implant acts as an anchor to hold the bridge firmly.
We then take an impression of your teeth to create a mouth mould. This mould is used to create a custom tooth bridge. We provide you with a temporary dental bridge while developing a permanent bridge for you.
The temporary bridge is removed at your next appointment and replaced with the new, permanent one. We also make any necessary final adjustments to ensure the dental bridge fits.
If you'd like to learn more about our tooth bridges in Calgary, please reach out to us. You can also explore our patient information section to know more.
The Procedure for Getting Dental Bridges
Dental Bridges | Frequently Asked Questions
What Determines the Cost of a Dental Bridge?
The costs of dental bridges vary depending on the following factors:
- The type of dental bridge you select
- The material of the bridge
- The number of gaps that are to be filled
- The complexity of bridge placement and supporting treatments
How Long Will Dental Bridges Last?
Dental bridges are fairly durable and can last up to 10 years or more with appropriate care. Since dental bridges allow normal oral hygiene steps like brushing and flossing, they are easy to maintain. Besides, our dentists will also brief you about the proper cleaning process for you, depending on the type of dental bridge you have. Professional dental cleaning from time to time can also elongate the life of dental bridges and crowns.
How Many Visits Will I Require?
The dental bridge installation process can typically require three visits, including:
- 1st visit: This visit typically includes the following:
- Initial consultation
- A complete inspection of your oral health
- Dental x-ray to inspect bone and dental health
- Drafting of a treatment plan
- 2nd visit: This visit includes several steps such as:
- Recontouring and shaving of teeth
- Creation of an impression of the teeth
- Selection of colour for the bridge
- Impression of teeth sent to the lab
- Design and placement of a temporary tooth bridge
- 3rd visit::This visit involves the following final steps
- Removal of the temporary bridge
- Placement of the permanent dental bridge
How Do I Look After Getting My Dental Bridges?
Dental bridges help you get rid of the discomfort of missing teeth. You may, however, feel slight tenderness, and it will take some time to adjust to the new feeling of having teeth in the place of gaps.
Do Dental Bridges Require Special Aftercare?
One of the added benefits of dental bridges is that they do not require special care. You can continue with your regular brushing and flossing routine to maintain your dental bridges.
Dental bridges come with many benefits, including:
- Improved chewing: Loose or shifting teeth can interfere with chewing, making it hard to eat. For that reason, dental bridges restore healthy chewing.
- Improved facial shape: Your jawbone can begin deteriorating when you lose your teeth, changing your facial shape. Dental bridges can help halt this process, preventing facial collapse.
- Fix shifting teeth: Missing teeth or gaps between your teeth cause your remaining teeth to shift. Dental bridges can help fill that space and fix issues caused by shifting teeth.
- Improved appearance: Dental bridges closely replicate the look of your natural teeth and restore your smile.
If you'd like to learn more about the benefits of dental bridges in resolving your teeth’s functional and appearance issues, contact Northland Village Dental Centre. We look forward to serving you and helping you feel better!
Ideal Candidate for Dental Bridges
While bridges are a remedy for missing teeth, the installation process does require good dental health. Ideal candidates generally have missing adjacent teeth and sufficient healthy jawbones. If you're suffering from gum disease or tooth decay, we recommend that you address it before moving forward with the procedure. We also advise our patients to adopt healthy dental hygiene habits and a balanced diet.
How to Take Care of Your Dental Bridges
The effectiveness of dental bridges depends on the health of the existing teeth. For this reason, those with dental bridges must take care of both their dental bridges and natural teeth. In order to prevent gums disease and other dental issues, it is recommended that you:
- Brush and floss regularly
- Schedule routine professional dental cleanings
- Eat a balanced diet with a healthy amount of fruits and vegetables
- Quit or limit smoking and other habits that deter your dental health
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