As one of Etobicoke’s most trusted dental offices in terms of both family and cosmetic dentistry, one of our many services is implementing dental bridges: a fixed dental restoration used to replace one or multiple missing teeth.
However, many patients who are interested in receiving dental bridges are often unsure about what the procedure entails and what specific benefits (and potential disadvantages) come with them. Today, we here at Marks Dentistry are outlining what dental bridges are and how to know if they’re a fit for you.
A Basic Overview of Dental Bridges
First things first: a condensed overview of what dental bridges are and what they mean for your smile.
Bridges are a physical bridging of a gap caused by one or more missing teeth. Said bridges consist of two or more crowns for the teeth that sit on either side of the gap in order to serve as an “anchor” for the fake teeth in-between.
Most commonly, false teeth for bridges (also known as “pontics”) are made of alloys, porcelain, gold, or a fusion of these three materials.
The types of dental bridges available here at Marks Dentistry are…
Traditional bridges: traditional dental bridges involve forming a crown for the tooth (or implant) on either side of the missing teeth to create a bridge of fake teeth that span the gap.
Maryland bonded bridges: Maryland bonded bridges are created with either porcelain, a mix of porcelain and metal, or plastic teeth and gums buoyed by porcelain or metal framing.
Cantilever bridges: Cantilever bridges are best used in situations where there are adjacent teeth only one side of the missing tooth. This bridge is not recommended for use at the back of the mouth due to the amount of pressure put on the teeth in question.
The Benefits (And Potential Downsides) of Dental Bridges
The Marks Dentistry team of dentists, dental hygienists, and dental assistants advocates for bridges as a safe, convenient alternative to implants.
Dental implants restore the natural look of a person’s smile, help people’s ability to speak clearly, maintain normal facial structure by warding off bone loss due to missing teeth, and ease the motion of chewing food. Dental implants also work to stop adjacent teeth from moving.
However, as with any dental procedure there are potential risks. We recommend contacting us ahead of your initial consultation so that we can be sure to cover any specific questions or concerns you may have about your upcoming service.
The most common potential disadvantages associated with dental bridges include damage to adjacent teeth, a changing of the teeth’s structure, decay beneath the crowns that are fitted, or having to replace adjacent teeth with implants if they are not strong enough to sustain the bridge. Your dental professional will talk to you in-depth about the likelihood of these risks during your consultation.
How to Know If You Are a Good Candidate for Dental Bridges
The best candidates for our dental bridge services are ones who are missing one-to-three teeth in a row, are in good overall health, and do not have gum disease. People who take specific medications (most commonly, steroids and prescription drugs that suppress the immune system) and who frequently clench or grind their teeth are typically not good candidates for bridge implementation.
Book Your Dental Bridges Appointment (Or Consult) With Marks Dentistry Today
Curious about whether you are a good candidate for bridges or are looking to book an appointment ASAP? Book now for healthy teeth for life courtesy of ours truly, Marks Dentistry.