If you have large gaps caused by the loss of one or several teeth there is a chance the remaining teeth in the area could shift or rotate into the empty space, disrupting your bite and potentially leading to gum disease or the loss of even more teeth.
A bridge is an effective and attractive way to fill the space and restore your brilliant smile.
At William Street Dental we offer Conventional as well as Maryland bridges. Your dentist will help you decide which is best for you based on where the missing tooth is located, its function, and how it should look.
With a conventional bridge, the two natural teeth on either side of the gap are used as anchors for the bridge that will be cemented to the teeth and fill the space. In effect, a bridge is similar to having a number of crowns fused together.
These bridges also fill spaces left by missing teeth but without having the more invasive procedure of crowning the adjacent teeth first. Simply put, a Maryland Bridge is bonded directly to the surrounding teeth using a strong adhesive.
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First we’ll invite you to our practice so we can take impressions of your teeth and match your shade to get the best possible colour match to your teeth- this is necessary for both Conventional and Maryland Bridges. You will then be scheduled for a second appointment where your dentist will bond your custom-made bridge onto your teeth.
Your dentist is highly trained in the latest technology and techniques to make the process as comfortable and pain free as possible.
If you are having a Conventional Bridge placed you may experience a small amount of sensitivity for a few days afterward but it usually goes away quickly. Since Maryland Bridges are less invasive you shouldn’t feel any discomfort at all.
Bridges can be made from various materials but the most popular is porcelain because they are entirely metal free and look more like natural teeth. Your dentist will take the time to discuss the various options available and help you make the best decision.
The biggest advantages of bridges is that they are permanently fixed in your mouth and look and act more like natural teeth, making it much easier to eat your favourite foods, like fresh fruit and vegetables and crusty bread. They are also more comfortable, take up less space in your mouth, are easier to keep clean, and less likely to affect your speech.
Dentures, on the other hand, need to be removed daily to allow your gums and palate to ‘breathe’ in order to reduce the chances of disease and further tooth loss.